Sports: Boys Basketball Falls in Disappointing Loss to Aragon
The Bears entered Aragon’s gym Wednesday night on a powerful five game winning streak. However, a lack of offensive output for the majority of the game dragged them to a hard 51-37 loss.
M-A started the game with energy and intensity. After Senior Oliver Bucka won the tip off, the Bears were able to score a quick basket on a layup by Markus Guegler. M-A appeared to have the upper hand early, commanding the lead for the majority of the first quarter. However, Aragon stayed within reach with their tough defense and fast paced play. By the end of the quarter, the Bears offense had began to fall flat, and the Dons assumed a five point lead.
Going into the second, the Bears struggled to break Aragon’s strong full court press. Turnovers and unforced errors by M-A opened the door for the Dons to pull away. They put up seven unanswered points to give them the 20-10 lead. They were able to pick apart the M-A defense with ease, and appeared to be running away with the game.
However, M-A was able to battle back at the end of the half. Bucka broke the scoreless streak with a layup with 1:28 left, and after a small comeback, Ryan Roberts finished the quarter with a last second layup of his own to send the Bears into halftime 25-17.
After halftime, M-A came out with the same energy they possessed in the first quarter. The 3rd was highlighted by the Bears’ excellent passing ability, led predominately by senior Royce Branning. Branning started the quarter with a beautiful feed to Bucka in the post for the first score of the half. On the ensuing Bears’ possession, Branning pushed the ball on a fast break, and hit Guegler with a no-look pass, who capped off the drive with two made foul shots. M-A had gained the momentum with the exciting play, and crawled back to within three with three minutes left in the quarter.
Sensing the close game, the Bears’ big men came up with key buckets to keep them in the game. Senior Deverick Meacham completely a layup alley-oop from Leland Callahan to electrify the M-A bench. Bucka ended the quarter with two straight baskets, leading the Bears into the fourth trailing 33-30.
Unfortunately for M-A, their momentum did not carry over into the final quarter. Aragon finished out the game with strong, error free play. Soon into the quarter, they pulled ahead to gain a ten point lead. From there, the Dons never looked back, and closed out the game for the 51-37 victory.
The Bears struggled all night to put points on the board. From beyond the arc, M-A went 0-13, a part of their game that they rely on for success. In addition, a lack of production from their leading scorers held the Bears back from victory. Regardless, the boys look to correct the mistakes they made against Aragon with a win against Sequoia on Friday night.