Boys Varsity Basketball
|Fairfax High School||50|
|West Springfield HS||36|
The Weary Webel Woad Warriors weturned home for just the 2nd time in the last 7 contests to match up against the Spartans of West Springfield HS in the 1st game of the 2nd round robin of Patriot District play. Being as it is still mid-late January, the building supervisor mercifully turned the air conditioning down in the Laing Ice Palace ("the LIP") even though it was over 60 degrees outside. The Rebels played pretty hot though and came away with a 50-36 win to even their District record at 3-3 and up their overall record to 11-7. And, as we shall recount shortly, several individuals are continuing their assault on the program record books, including one who might surprise you. So read on faithful followers.
The Spartans won the tip-off and scored their first time down the court. But Chase Ackerman countered and the whole period was back and forth like that, although the Rebels' play was somewhat sloppy. Snackerman scored 5 more points in the period and the home whites led 12-10 at the expiration of the 1st 8 minutes. Portentiously, they were 0-4 from the free throw line, else the margin would have been more.
Mr. Conductor took over right from the start of the 2nd period and the Rebels really excelled in this period. They held the Spartans scoreless for the first 4:44 and outscored them 14-7 in the period while fans watched in amazement as KC whirled and hurled and no-looked several assists. And speaking of whirling and hurling, the Whirling Dervish himself, Jacquez Napper hit 3 buckets, missing nary an attempt, while WD, Jr. (a.k.a. Wiki Petey) downed a coupla hoops himself, with no misses either. So the Rebs led by 9 at the break, 26-17.
And the motor was still running smoothly on all cylinders once play resumed in the 3rd period. Fairfax slowed the pace somewhat and ran their patient sets, making the Spartans work hard on defense. Ricky hit twice more and Josh "Count It" Abthree hit such a long, pure three-pointer from in front of Coach B at the buzzer that he only had to take 1 step to find his seat on the bench for the period intermission, by which time the lead had grown to 14 at 38-24.
However, in the 4th period, some sand found its way into the gears and Fairfax played a rather sloppy stretch. Coach B said after the game that they wouldn't win many more games if they execute like they did in the 4th and that they need to have some good practices to prepare for the tough games coming up. In any event, Josh did make all 4 of his one-and-one attempts in the period, KC hit his first bucket and Nicky (you know who that is, right?) manhandled a steal away from an incensed Spartan and bulled his way to the hoop for a hard-fought 2. Fairfax made 6 of their 10 free throws in the 4th period, though still not enough to make up for their 1-8 performance in the 1st 3 periods. 'Nuff said about that, everybody is keenly aware.
Leading scorer on the night was the Chuckster, with 15. Chucky also grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Abthree followed with 12 points, including 1-4 from long distance and 1-1 from even longer distance to go with his perfection from the charity stripe. Peters made 4 of 6 attempts for his 8 points, to go along with 4 steals, and Aziz and Jacquez (thought I'd switch things up and go with their real names to please their parents) each made good on all 3 of their attempts. Nick-the-Quick also got away with 6 broad daylight thefts, 1 short of his career mark But it was Sunshine who brought his own special brand of joy to us all, registering 11 assists (1 shy of his career high), 10 rebounds, 1 block and 4 steals. With his latest performance, KC has now moved into 3rd place on the all-time assist leader board, with 2nd place realistically attainable, provided the guys can help him out and throw the ball in the ocean once in a while.
Finally, with the team's 11th win of the season, Coach B has moved into 2nd place all-time in program career coaching victories, with 89 in his 7th season, against 81 losses. Congratulations Coach! Only 207 more wins needed to assume the top spot. Coach 'em up!
Friday night the Robinson Rams invade the LIP in what is viewed as almost a must-win situation for the Rebs as they battle for District tourney seeding. Help 'em out with your presence; they appreciate the support. Thank you for reading.