Sports: Victory for Boys Basketball over the Woodside Wildcats
The Bears took on league opponents, the Woodside Wildcats on Friday night, coming out strong to beat them 50-40, as they continue on their four game wining streak.
The Wildcats gained the first possession of the game, but both teams came out with strong denying defense, keeping the score 0-0 for the first 3 minutes. Senior Ryan Roberts began the offensive attack, making a layup assisted by senior Markus Guegler. The Bears did not let up as senior Brian Keare sunk two free throws, senior Royce Branning hit two three pointers, and Roberts added another layup, allowing the Bears to go up 12-4 at the end of the first quarter.
The scoring slowed down during the second quarter despite the Bears’ aggressive rebounding and fast paced play. Senior Deverick Meacham and Branning each hit a free throw, and a rebound by Keare assisted a layup by senior Markus Guegler.
The Bears began to gain momentum as Meacham fired up the team as he took two charges during the quarter, preventing the Wildcats from scoring. Junior Danny LaPorte and sophomore Skyler Lautalo each hit a basket, sending the Bears into halftime with a score of 20-15, M-A, despite a late quarter 5-0 run by the Wildcats.
The beginning of the third quarter was marked by Branning’s scoring streak, as he sunk four straight baskets, immediately adding eight points to the board. Roberts also capitalized on his opportunity and made both of his free throws when sent to the line. Junior Whittaker Jellins and Lautalo each added two more points to the Bears’ score, keeping them in the lead, 33-25.
Determined to win, the Bears came out strong during the last quarter, with Branning hitting a three within the first few seconds of play, followed by another basket by Meacham. Branning added a free throw, and senior Leland Callahan converted a pressure steal into another shot. As the game remained close as the clock ran down, the Bears did not let up. Branning finished a fast break with another layup and Keare added two free throws. However to ensure a victory, Branning hit a key three pointer, followed by two more free throws to end the game 50-40, M-A.
After the game, Branning commented, “We have been having a lot of trouble on offense; we had goals to get into the fifties,” a goal they completed with the help of Branning’s 26 points. Never taking all the credit, Branning said, “Tonight guys were hitting me in spots to make good shots.”
Coach Molieri commented, “Defensively, I thought we were solid in the first half, but I think we were overly aggressive in the second half, which is why Woodside had so many free throws.”
He continued to add, “We did better on the press and picking up the tempo more than in the past few games,” despite the fact that it is “always tough to play against a rival.”
The Bears continue their season next Wednesday in an away game against Aragon at 6pm.