Boys’ Basketball Runs Rampant in Sequoia Rout

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On Friday night, the boys’ basketball team won their sixth straight game in an absolute rout against Sequoia, with a final score of 72-26. 

Teams walk to huddle after timeout

M-A came into the game hot, having won their last five games. Sequoia came in without a victory on the season, having already lost to the Bears earlier 62-9.

Senior Allan Chang said about going into the game, “The Mindset was to have fun.”

Senior Mark McGuire added, “Our mindset going into the game was really to just have fun and give the fans and spectators a fun game to watch.”

From the get-go, the Bears dominated the Ravens, leading 14-5 after only four minutes. The highlight of the quarter for the Bears though came at the end of the quarter as junior guard Justin Moore drained a buzzer-beater from deep to give the Bears a 23-10 lead after the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the Bears continued bombarding the Ravens with 3’s and steals. Scoring nearly 30 points in the period alone. The relentless attack, coupled with their impenetrable defense completely disabled Sequoia’s offense and defense. By the three-minute mark in the quarter, M-A was already resting its starters to give their bench players more playing time. A 3-pointer at the end of the quarter by junior Ben Timm capped M-A’s 28-5 run in the second quarter.

Reaching the 50-point mark also energized the student section which had grown restless without the presence of another student section to chant at. At the end of the quarter, a chant of “We want 100” broke out in the student section. 

Teams go up for loose rebound

The second half provided fewer fireworks on the offensive side, however, the defense still refused to give anything up. The highlight of the third quarter came when Junior Jack Anderson turned the ball over leading to what would have been an easy layup for the Sequoia defender, however, Anderson quickly recovered and pinned the layup against the backboard causing an eruption from the fans. M-A led 61-21 at the end of the third quarter.

To start the fourth quarter M-A was shut out for the first four minutes before regaining their offensive prowess and scoring 10 quick points.  

The massacre quietly came to a close shortly after with a final score of 72-26.

Mcguire spoke to the team’s style of play that allows them to dominate saying, “For me, the aggressive nature of our team is really fun and exciting; whenever I go in, no matter the score, I am always bringing that same energy.” 

The Bears are still undefeated in league play as they gear up for what will hopefully be a playoff spot in the top division of CCS. 

Finn Papenfus is a senior at M-A. He looks forward to writing about sports, politics and other stories. Finn plays golf and watches football in his free time.

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