Boys Basketball Routs Mills in Final Regular Season Game
In the last regular season game of the year, the boys varsity basketball team bested the Mills Vikings, dominating the game for a final score of 50-33.
“[Going into the game] Coach wanted us to leave today knowing we all gave 100% and have no regret moving forward” said junior Oliver Bucka.
From the beginning, it was apparent that M-A was the superior team. The Bears’ defense was strong in the first half, giving up only three points, opening the door for their offense to control the game. Led by senior Jamar Gaddis, the Bears finished the first quarter ahead, 8-3.
Mills started to reduce the deficit in the early second quarter. The Bears were able to answer back, when junior Leland Callahan hit back to back threes with five minutes left in the half to keep M-A’s strong lead.
However, the crowd was soon silenced as Jamar Gaddis went down with what seemed to be a rolled ankle. Being one of the Bears’ top performers, and with the playoffs right around the corner, it would have been a huge loss for M-A.
Despite the injury, M-A kept battling until halftime. Following two late half threes by Mills, the Bears went into halftime with a decisive 23-15 lead.
Luckily for M-A, Gaddis returned in the second half of play. The beginning of the third quarter saw back and forth play, as both teams exchanged baskets, neither making a big run. At the end of the third, Mills showed that they still had some life left, coming within ten points. However, Gaddis shut the door by knocking down a clutch three with three minutes left in the quarter.
Horror struck M-A’s home crowd when Gaddis appeared injured yet again. Although the injury looked worse the second time, Gaddis was able to walk it off and return to the game in the fourth.
Leland Callahan lifted M-A’s spirits, coming up with a great steal off of a Mills fast break, then hitting freshman Skylar Lautalo for the easy layup.
The Bears coasted to victory in the fourth, putting in their reserves in the last regular season of the game. The game ended with a final score of 50-33.
“After going 0-2 in the first week of league, no one believed we were going to make the [PAL] playoffs,” said Bucka, “and we proved everyone who doubted us wrong”.
The Bears will enter the PAL playoffs on Thursday against a yet to be determined opponent. With momentum from their last two games behind them, they hope to make a deep run.
Bucka added, “now it’s the playoffs and every day gets harder and harder”.