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Basketball - Boys Junior Varsity
|Date:||January 11, 2014|
|Score:||Berkshire 28 - Gunnery 32|
Event Recap:One could tell this was going to be a tight match up. Both teams opened up a bit tight and points were hard -- very hard -- to come by. In fact Berkshire remained scoreless through the first 5 minutes of the game. When we finally broke into the scoring column, we fortunately only found ourselves down by 5. Still, with points so few and far between, we really couldn't afford to fall too far behind since this seemed like a game in which even a 10 point deficit would be too much to overcome.
The boys stayed the course, however, and never allowed themselves to give up. The insertion of Djetry Joseph '15 seemed to help, as his presence made us more active on the boards. The freshman duo of Jack Weeden '17 and Sean Speegle '17 also contributed some nice minutes in the first half to keep us close. We slowly started to chip away at the lead and, when the half rolled around, we found ourselves down by a single point.
We talked at the break about ways to score when, well, it's hard to score: offensive rebounds, points off turnovers, offensive transition. Unfortunately, the second half mirrored the first far, far too closely. We spent (at least) the first five minutes without a single point. Gunnery this time took advantage and pushed the lead out to 10. But there was still time on the clock and we would not give up. When Speegle canned a three to FINALLY get us on the board, the basket opened up a little bit for us. We charged back with some excellent minutes from Milton Martinez '15 and Kevin Crabtree '17. When Ehan Keator '16 converted a tough "and-1" with about 2 minutes remaining. We found ourselves back to within 1 point. On the next possession Jack Scarafoni '17 buried a runner with a whistle to give us the lead. . . . but it was called off when it was determined that the foul preceded the shot.
Gunnery scored again, but then Brian Rodriguez '16 picked a pocket of a Gunnery dribbler and converted to pull us close. At the end, Gunnery was on the line with a 2-point lead. They hit and we missed a 3 to tie in our last possession. They added a last second free throw for the final margin.
It was an exciting game and tough loss. But I think we got better throughout. Taft on Wednesday.