Story by Charlotte Dekle
picture by Erin Lee
Men’s basketball triumphed over the Blair Vikings 88-45 in their second league game on Friday, January 14. A combination of strong offense and an ability to match Blair’s intensity catapulted them to a high score victory.
From the start of the match, tensions were high when Blair immediately scored a three-pointer. Following this, South Pas’ fast-paced gameplay led to immediate double-digit scores. After five minutes, the Tigers were already at 22 points against 10 for the Vikings. With the seniors Dillon Akers, Sage Wayans and Ezekiel Pannell each contributing their fair share of three points.
In an attempt to match the gameplay of the Tiger, the Vikings opted for riskier moves by charging the paint or only trying three-point shots. These risky moves have resulted in many turnovers between the teams.
South Pas continued to dominate the game, leaping up the field quickly and completing the risky three points Blair was so desperate for. At the end of the first quarter, the Tigers had 30 points to the Vikings’ 12.
Blair started the second quarter, increasing his mastery on the court with bold shooting styles. But as in previous matches, South Pas were up for the challenge. The second quarter of the game proved to be a high score for the Tigers, picking up two straight points and free throws. Blair matched that technique as he brushed past the Tiger’s defense, scoring several buckets during the quarter.
The two aggressive styles of play clashed and many players from both teams found themselves on the floor of the pitch. But with resilience, they got up and kept playing.
There were some particularly strong Tiger plays in the second quarter. Pannell continued his high octane stealing the ball through the air as Blair rushed in to perform his risky three-point moves. Senior Niko Laurent regained control of the ball from Blair and scored a two-pointer. Blair eventually scored a free throw and a two-point field goal which gave them a total of 21 points. In a last minute of intense play, the Tigers had accumulated 44 points against 21 for the Vikings.
In a flash, the half was over and the Tigers were back on the pitch, confident in their abilities and their 20-point lead. The second half proved even more rewarding for the Tigers as Blair struggled to maintain momentum.
junior guard Nick Chabot and Wayans continued to toss the ball between them, which often resulted in high point totals. The period was filled with quick shots and points scored by the Tigers. By the third period buzzer, the Tigers had 70 points with Blair trailing at 39 points.
The fourth period continued similar trends to the previous three periods. Blair had solid offensive moves, getting a more consistent shooting arrangement and picking up six extra points in the process. But the Tigers maintained a considerable points difference and at the end of the match, the aggregate score was 88-45 for the Tigers.
The Tigers will challenge the San Marino Titans in their next league home game on Wednesday, January 19.
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