Sports: Senior Night Ends in Domination by Boys Basketball
The M-A basketball team began the night by honoring their veteran players in the Senior Night ceremony. Following the presentation, the Bears entered the game with incredible intensity, which they carried through the entire game. The team proudly left the court with a 53-19 victory over the visiting Carlmont Scots.
Coach Molieri began the first quarter by giving each senior an opportunity to play and contribute to the immediate lead the Bears acquired over the Scots. Senior Markus Guegler started the scoring, followed by a shot and free throw opportunity by senior Brian Keare. Senior Oliver Bucka also contributed a basket as well as a powerful block on the defensive end to establish the Bears’ interior presence. Grant Henninger added another basket to the score to help the Bears go up 9-2 at the end of the first quarter.
Senior Royce Branning hit a three pointer in the Bears’ first possession of the second quarter to spark a massive scoring streak by M-A. Sophomore Skyler Lautalo had a block to prevent the Scots from scoring, followed by baskets from Guegler, Leland Callahan, and two from Bucka.
Senior Ryan Roberts continued the scoring with two baskets in a row, followed by two made free throws. Finally, the senior point guard made the crowd erupt as he took the ball down the court with three seconds left for a buzzer beating layup. With Robert’s help, the Bears entered halftime with a comfortable 28-7 lead.
Not considering letting up, and stayed focused through the third quarter. The Bears added another 21 points to the board, drawing energy from the enthusiastic 6th Man Club.
Callahan got into a rhythm, as he made 3 three pointers in a row, as well as another jump shot, racking up 11 straight points for the Bears. Guegler ended the quarter with a steal and a layup, during which he was fouled and continued on to make both of the free throws, augmenting the score to 49-10, M-A.
Incredibly, the Bears had such a large lead that the clock continued to run throughout the fourth quarter. Each senior managed to find the basket during the game after seniors Quinn Sweetnam, Deverick Meacham, and Paul Iwashita scored in the fourth quarter. Henninger added another basket as well, as the Bears closed out the night with a final score of 53-19.
When asked how his team played, Coach Molieri simply responded, “Amazing.”
He later added, “It was the best game of the year. I was shocked. The seniors really embraced the moment.”
In addition, Coach Molieri focused on how impressive the defense was throughout the game. He mentioned Roberts’ success in shutting down one of the best players in league.
The Bears have two more games before the play-offs begin, with the first of the two being an away game against Hillsdale next Tuesday at 6pm.