Basketball - MS Gold
|Date:||December 5, 2018|
Today, our St. Paul's Basketball Gold team took the floor at McDonogh to kick off our 2018/2019 season. Fresh off a strong effort with our scrimmages last week, the boys were ready for a new opponent. As the ball was tipped in the air, the season was underway, and the boys came out ready to play. McDonogh scored first as their team lost their butterflies first. As we regrouped, the team fought back and tied the game at 9. Big baskets by Jason Nelson and Andrew Cooper started the charge. Down low, Ire Olasupo, Tyler McGill, Amir Saddler, and Kahlil Taylor battled for every rebound, and scored off of those rebounds to keep the game close, in fact tied at 11-11 at the end of the first half.
The second half was similar to the first, hard fought rebounds which led to points for both teams. As McDonogh started to go on a run, Ire Olasupo came to the rescue. First, a slide, elevation, and block identical to many skilled NBA players, it was that good. Then, two steals which led to points, and towards the end of the game, he did it again. Fast break, Ire catches up to stop the break, and block the shot in the stands. He was not alone. Strong guard play by Cadigan Kimball, Miles Heard, Ryan Nelson, Bryce Matthews, and Landon Blue frustrated McDonogh, and took them out of their offense sets all afternoon. McDonogh had built a second half lead, but two baskets by Colin Vineberg sandwiched around a Andrew Cooper running baseline jumper brought St. Paul's within 8 points. Though we tried to get the ball back, McDonogh ran out the clock to take the win 32-24. The boys played great, every single one of them. We will take our lumps, but in the end, this will be a great season for St. Paul's Gold Basketball.
Our next game is this Friday (12/7) at home against Boys Latin at 3:30. Please come out and cheer on the Gold team as we look for our first win of the season.