An absolutely wild game!
Jack's basketball team played its second game of the 2008-2009 season. The Eagles played Holy Cross, the host school for the four day tournament.
Watching the other team warm up, I was surprised to see four kids who were as big or bigger than the Eagles largest player. I realized that I am a little unsure about the rules for this division. Talking to some of the other parents, it appears that both 5 and 6 graders can play in the JV Rec division.
Struggling with the size of the other team, the Eagles fell behind by a score of 8 to 2 at the end of the first quarter. They were having a hard time trying to pass over the larger players on the other team and made a large number of turnovers.
Jack played the second quarter. Leaving him open on the outside, Jack scored 5 points and helped the team pull the score to 12 to 9 at half-time.
Holy Cross scored 6 unanwered points to start the second half and stretched the lead to 18 to 9. About half way through the third quarter, the Eagles started to wear the other team down. Although they were still having trouble with their passing, the Eagles started to box out and get the rebounds. Jack came back into the game about half way through the third quarter.
Jack started the fourth quarter. At this point, Holy Cross was missing their outside shots and not getting the rebounds. The Eagles continued to pull the score closer. Jack took a minute and a half breather about half way through fourth quarter. When Jack came back into the game, the coach went away from the platoons that he has been using and put five of the strongest players on the floor.
Capping a 10 to 0 run, the Eagles went ahead 19 to 18 with just a minute to play. Unfortunately, the Eagles made another bad pass that was stolen. Holy Cross scored to make the score 20 to 19.
The Eagles came down and missed an inside shot, but the ball went out of bounds off of Holy Cross. On the baseline, Jack made a great inbound bounce pass to the power forward who made the basket and was fouled. He made the foul shot to make the score 22 to 20 with 20 seconds remaining. Holy Cross brought the ball up the court, but had it poked away. The remaining time was spent in a mad scramble for the ball as it rolled down the court. At least six kids from both teams had the ball and then promptly lost it. Joe, the Eagles point guard finally came up with the ball and the clock wound down the last couple of seconds. The final score was Eagles 22, Holy Cross 20.
Jack had 7 points on 3 for 7 from the field, five rebounds and 2 assists. He is playing shooting guard in their offense.
The Eagles will play for the tournament championship on Sunday.