Friday, January 22, 2010


2010 PAL JV Comp Basketball Tournament #3 Day #2

Playing in the second day of the St. Philomene's tournament, the St. Elizabeth Seton Eagles played St. John Evangelist. With some confusion over the start time for the game, the Eagles showed up for a 4 p.m. game, while SJE thought that the game was not until 5 p.m.

SJE has the biggest player we have seen in the league. While the Eagles have a pair of centers that are 5' 7", the SJE center is at least 5' 9"; he towers over the sixth graders. The SJE center is also a solid basketball player with good fundamentals.

It was a very closely played game in the first half. At the end of the first half, the score was SJE 11, SEAs 10. On the strength of 2 baskets by Andy and 2 baskets by Jake, SEAs led 20 to 16 at the end of the third quarter.

Unfortunately, SEAs could not hold the lead. SJE's center made a couple of baskets and SJE led 28 to 25 with a minute to go.

At this point, the game became a mad scramble. Coach Dean replaced Malcolm at small forward with Jacob, the back-up point guard. Jacob is the team's best three point shooter.

Jack and Joe put enormous pressure on the ball and SJE made several turnovers. After the second turnover, Jack ended up being double teamed on the block. The Eagles swung the ball around to Jacob standing wide open at the three point line and he calmly drained a 3, literally nothing but net. The score was tied 28 all.

The Eagles then forced another turn-over. Joe drove to the basket and was hammered by three SJE players. He missed both the first and second free throw, but the Eagles center Andy outfought the SJE center and everyone else for the rebound.

Kicking the ball out, the ball swung back around to Jacob. He was standing uncovered in almost the same spot as before and he calmly drained another 3 pointer, again literally nothing but net.

The Eagles won the game by the score of 31 to 28.

Jack played 26 of the 28 minute game. He had 2 points on 1 for 6 from the field. Jack added 3 assists, 3 steals and 1 rebound.

The score box is here and the season game log is here.

SEAs will play in the championship game of the St. Philomene's tournament on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. after they play their league game in the morning.

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