Boys Basketball Dominant in Playoff Win

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On Tuesday night, the boys’ basketball team beat the Cupertino Pioneers by a score of 52-35 in the quarterfinals of CCS Division One playoffs. 

M-A won the opening tip and senior Jack Anderson quickly got on the board with a layup. After two quick steals for Anderson that both led to dunks, along with a steal and layup by sophomore Jacob Sutton, the Bears got out to an early 10-0 lead and never looked back.

Sutton handles the ball as M-A manages their lead

Senior Jonah Missan said, “We made a point to start with a lot of energy and set the tone, we wanted to make it clear that we were there to dominate and not even give them a chance.”

Senior Justin Moore got on the scoresheet with a dunk of his own, and after one more layup from Anderson, the first quarter came to a close with M-A leading 14-2.

The second was not much different on both ends of the floor. It started with a putback from junior Trevor Cadigan, and then two Anderson dunks, one of them being a reverse which put the crowd into a frenzy.

The Pioneers tried to shoot their way back into the game by hitting two three-pointers in the second quarter, but the M-A defense was stellar throughout the game. Senior Jack Kryger said, “Our defensive strategy was to be aggressive and play in passing lanes to make them uncomfortable in their motion offense; that game plan created a lot of steals for us.”

A block by Anderson created a layup for Missan, making the score 26-9 during halftime.

Anderson came into the second half the same way he left off the first, dunking another one home on the first play, and then converting a layup plus the foul to put the Bears up by 20. 

The gym during the brief power outage

It appeared that the Bears’ offensive barrage was too much to handle after a power outage immediately followed a layup by sophomore Jerry Williams. The gym went dark as the score read 35-14, and the game had to stop for about 10 minutes. 

Play eventually resumed and the fourth quarter got underway as M-A looked to manage the clock and salt the game away. A three-pointer from Moore and a steal and layup from Anderson brought the M-A lead to 23, but the Pioneers responded with a 7-0 run of their own. 

Despite Cupertino not backing down, consecutive-and-ones from Sutton put the final nail in the coffin for the night, and the game ended with the Bears emerging victorious 52-35. 

Regarding a strategy for tonight’s semifinal against Palo Alto, Moore said, “We need to better dial into our game plan and stick to it. We just need to play as a team and have fun in our system.”

M-A plays the Palo Alto Vikings tonight at 7 pm to try and book their spot in the championship. 

Chase is a senior and in his third year of journalism. Chase is a sports editor and loves writing about sports events and music. In his free time, he plays soccer and hangs out with friends.

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