Basketball - MS Gold
|Date:||January 23, 2019|
Our St. Paul's Gold team hit the hardwood yesterday at Pollock gymnasium to take on McDonogh. Starting from the opening tip off, the jitters on both sides were evident from the turnovers and missed shots. Andrew Cooper and Ryan Nelson started things off with short buckets, and Colin Vineberg had a smooth baseline jumper to give St. Paul's the early lead. After a big block by Amir Saddler, and a jumper by Robby Warder, St. Paul's started to roll. After a steal by Landon Blue, Bryce Matthews hit a layup to give St. Paul's a 18-11 halftime lead.
As the second half started, McDonogh came out and pressured the ball, which created turnovers and points from easy layups. As St. Paul's saw our seven point lead at half evaporate to an 8 point deficit in the third quarter, the boys could have packed their bags and went home, but not this group, and not this day. St. Paul's battled back as we called our Squeeze (Full Court Press), which created offense immediately. Big steals from Cadigan Kimball, Miles Heard, and three by Kahlil Taylor helped jump start the offense. Robby Warder scored from the baseline, then a turnover allowed Bryce Matthews to square up, and shoot a 3-pointer, perfect swish which brought a roar from the crowd. After Landon Blue hit two free throws, McDonogh called timeout with just over a minute left in the game. Down by four, St. Paul's took two shots, and missed, then McDonogh came down and iced the game with two foul shots of their own. One last desperation three pointer just missed, and the game ended with a 44-38 loss to McDonogh. Though we had lost the game, a game we had a strong chance to win, I was extremely proud of the effort from these young men. Playing against a team of 7th and 8th grade boys, we bent, but did not break, and the effort was there throughout the game.