The Varsity Boys Basketball team started off 2013 on the right foot with an exhausting 83-75 win at Eisenhower on Friday, January 4th. Leading the way were Tom Shute (#20) with a career high 29 points, Tom Zale (#10) who just missed a triple double (Career high 16 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists), and Kyle Flanagan (#50) with a double-double (11 points and 13 rebounds). David Gray also had 10 points, all in the 4th quarter. The Bengals jumped off to a 23-11 lead at the end of the 1st quarter, and almost doubled the lead at half, 42-22. The Cardinals always represent a unique challenge as they play at a frantic pace, substituting 5 players at a time every 60-90 seconds of floor time, all the while pressing and attempting many of their shots from beyond the 3pt line. The Bengals took it to them in the first half, breaking the press and then taking the ball to the basket and either making it or getting fouled. Shute and Zale had 25 of the Bengal 42 points at the half.
Eisenhower came out in the 3rd quarter blazing hot, scoring 31 points from 8 different players. With 6:14 left in the game, the Cardinals made it all the way back, tying it at 61-61, then taking the lead 68-67 with 4:16 left. With 1:46 left, BJ Bronaugh (#23) who led Eisenhower with 17 points, hit a 3 to give the Cardinals a 75-72 lead. Oak Forest clamped down, outscoring them 11-0 the rest of the way to snap a multi-year losing streak to Eisenhower.
Jason Roland (#14) added 8 points and 4 assists, Blake Waller (#23) chipped in 6 points (all in the 2nd quarter) and Nick Ciufia (#24) had a 3 point play, the old fashioned way. For Eisenhower, who was playing without the area’s leading scorer Tyrone Terrell, C. Washington (#1) had 15, Desmond Rembert (#10) 10, and Leal Williams (#20) hit 3 from downtown for his 9 points.
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