Basketball - MS Gold
vs. Chapelgate Christian Academy
|Date:||January 24, 2019|
Our Gold team had our longest road trip yesterday as we traveled to Chapelgate to play our second game in two days. The game started quickly as Chapelgate scored immediately with a deep three point shot from the top of the arc. It looked like we were in for a long game as Chapelgate had beat us earlier in the season, but Bryce Matthews answered right back with a three of his own to tie the game at three. The game turned into a back and forth battle, though our Gold team got into foul trouble early which helped get Chapelgate to the foul line often. After a runner by Andrew Cooper, and a strong drive and layup by Ryan Nelson, our boys responded well. We needed a plan to stop Chapelgates top player, and Colin Vineberg, Kahlil Taylor, and Andrew Cooper were up to the challenge. With these three taking turns covering their top player, St. Paul's was able to stay close all game with Chapelgate.
As the second half started, Landon Blue started to show his skills with multiple drives knifing through the Chapelgate defense as he was fouled on three occasions beating his man. After a jumper from the baseline by Robby Warder, St. Paul's took our largest lead of the game which was only four points. After a steal by Cadigan Kimball, and strong rebounding by Amir Saddler, we were able to hold off Chapelgate to the fourth quarter. Then, Chapelgate went on a run. Two long three pointers, and 4 missed foul shots enabled Chapelgate to take the lead. Gold battled back, and down by two with 11 seconds left, Miles Heard drove hard, lost his man, and sank a 15 foot jumper to tie the game and force overtime. In overtime, St. Paul's was down four points, and again, the boys showed grit and toughness. Ryan Nelson was superb scoring on a runner, and then we tied the game at 40 with 9 seconds left. We pressured the ball, and caused a turnover with 3.6 seconds on the clock. The inbounds went to Andrew Cooper, and he drove, took a three pointer as time expired, and was fouled on the play, though no foul was called. The game ended in a 40-40 tie. Great game, you would have been proud of these young men.Player of the Game - This award goes to the whole team. What a great team effort, and the boys showed resiliency beyond their years.