Boys Basketball Falls Short Against Burlingame

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The Bears faced a challenging loss Wednesday night during their first league game of the season against the Burlingame Panthers.  Despite strong defense by the Bears, their shots did not fall and their lack of offensive plays left them behind throughout the game, with a final score of 48-34, Burlingame.

Starting out the first quarter, sophomore Skyler Lautalo hit two shots from the free throw line and senior Markus Guegler had a layup for another two points.  However, the Panthers came ready to play and took charge of the game from the beginning.  Seniors Ryan Roberts and Leland Callahan each had a basket to finish off the quarter, assisted by senior Royce Branning who came up with multiple key steals.  The Panthers secured the lead with a score of 11-8 by the end of the first quarter.

The Panthers started out the second quarter hitting the boards aggressively, grabbing each rebound and forcing the Bears to recover quickly every possession.  Junior Danny LaPorte hit a fade away shot inside the key, and a shot block and steal from Roberts led to a layup down the court by senior Markus Guegler to keep the game close.  Despite the early foul trouble for the Bears, Roberts, Branning, and senior Oliver Bucka stepped up with two points each.  Burlingame managed to pull out several threes at the end to maintain a lead of 22-18.

Burlingame began to pull ahead during the third quarter as the Bears’ offense struggled.  Bucka had a shot from the post and Callahan sunk a three pointer, followed by another basket to lead the scoring for the quarter.  However, the third quarter ended with the Bears down 25-36.

Callahan was the first to score starting the fourth quarter, making both of his free throws.  Branning also stepped up, earning five points for the Bears.  Despite the multiple shot attempts from the Bears, they struggled to finish their shots and could not manage a comeback as the minutes on the clock ran down.  Bucka had the final basket for the Bears, ending the game with a final score of 48-34, Burlingame.

Reflecting on the game, Coach Molieri said, “We did not run any offensive sets,” however, “Our plan was to stop their point guard, who is a very good player, and I thought we handled him pretty well.”

“We are going to work on going back to the basics,” commented Coach Molieri, “Good news is it’s a long season; we are fine.  We have to learn to get that game out of the way and move forward.”

The Bears’ next game is this Friday against the Sequoia Cherokees at 7:30pm in Ayers Gym.

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