Boys Varsity Basketball
|Fairfax High School||64|
|Lee High School||34|
Upon entering the gym tonight, the coach of the visiting Lee Lancers remarked "Boy, it's warm in here. It's usually freezing!" (See, I'm not the only one.) It would soon get a lot warmer than he knew. As the Rebels took on the visiting Lancers on a rare Saturday evening match-up, it was senior Jacquez Napper who was blazingly hot at the start of the contest. When the Lancer's coach used his first time out a mere 1:29 into the contest, the score was Napper 11, Lee 0. 'Quez" made all 4 of his shot attempts and all 3 of his free throws during that short time span, and would finish the game with a career-high 15 points. Out of the stands came the exclamation "We need more Saturday games!" And the good-sized Wowdy Webel Wooters voiced their enthusiasm as well.
Fairfax ran out to a 15-0 lead before Lee countered with 3 successive successful 3's. But the tone was set and the Rebels led by 10, 21-11 at the period break. Josh Abtew, trying hard to regain his outside shooting touch, hit a threebie for the home-schoolers, as did soph Christian Lewis, and springy Ricky Peters had 2 seasonal lords-a-leaping buckets inside.
The onslaught continued in the 2nd period. Napster cooled somewhat, missing a free throw, but still registered 3 more points. Abtew knocked down another 3 and Lord Petey brought the crowd to its feet with a mighty leaping stuffer at the far end off a nifty steal and on-target feed from soph Ryan Pelczynski. Chase Chuck-em-up got untracked as well, with a couple of hoops on plays designed with him in mind. By the intermission, the lead had grown to 21, at 37-16.
Much of the 2nd half was devoted to practicing various sets/plays under game conditions. Coach B also took advantage of the situation to give significant playing time to reserves, who always work hard in practice and who are told to be ready on a moment's notice. Tonight Chistian played a career-high 12 minutes and took good care of the rock, while crowd favorite Bobby Kestyn, who, despite continual exhortation (SAT word) from the WWW's, could not cash in on any of his 4 field goal attempts while unselfishly passing up a number of other good looks in order to get even better shots for his teammates. He did play 8 solid minutes and contributed a career-high 5 rebounds and after the game got swallowed up by the admirers.
The end result was a 64-34 win for the homers, bringing their record to 5-3 on the year. As usual, directing the flow of the game on both ends of the floor was the Bandleader. KC dealt out a career-high 12 assists and has now moved into 4th place all-time in program history in that category, with 216 in his 2+ seasons on the varsity. I dare say he is the biggest guy on the list. He is averaging a shade over 70 cents per game (7 "dimes", get it?) in that category and if he keeps up that pace, he'll enter the top 5 in season totals and season per-game average. Along with his point total, Jacquez grabbed 4 offensive rebounds and tallied a career-high 4 steals. Leapy Petey tallied a point a minute during his 18 minutes on the court and corralled an incredible 7 offensive rebounds. ChuckyMan scored 8 points to go along with hitting the three-fecta in rebounds, assists and steals. And co-captain Aziz had 5 of the team's 23 steals, a new career mark for him.
Now the team is off, at least from game-action (though the coaching staff will utilize the down time to work on a myriad of things which could always use some refinement), until after Christmas when they open play on the 27th in the annual holiday tournament.. BTW, did you even know that Christmas is coming up? You would if you'd been paying attention to my constant reminders to get your shopping done. So now's the perfect time to fire up the laptop, look for ideas, hope they're still in stock somewhere, and rage over the lack of promptness in delivery. You could always give your family members booster passes for the rest of the season; that way you'll be able to spend lots of quality time together. Seriously though, best wishes for a safe and happy holiday, see you on the 27th; maybe I'll be sporting a new sweater to stave off the chill in the arena.