Christian Brothers men’s hoops took on Vanden High School in Fairfield on Wednesday in what would be a great test for the Falcons, as the Vikings will be one of the best teams they will face all year. Vanden has been one of the best Division III teams over the last five years, and they are a team that Christian Brothers may meet again in the playoffs. The game got off to a rough start with the injury bug biting the Falcons again with Will Warner (’18) taking an elbow to the chin. He was forced to leave the game and not return.
Vanden jumped out on the short handed Falcons early by getting a 27-12 lead after the first quarter. With the absence of Warner and Anthony Zavala ’19 for the game, the Falcons needed players to step up. Mason Santiago ’19 and Aidan Simpson ’19 were catalysts in a 9-0 2nd quarter run that cut the lead down to single digits. But the problem for the Falcons throughout this game is that they could not string together enough defensive stops to keep things close. Turnovers were also a huge issue; the Falcons 14 first half turnovers was a major factor in the team digging themselves into such a big hole to start the game.
The men’s hoops team had a better second half defensively, giving up just 25 points in the second half compared to the 46 they gave up in the first half. However, they could not score enough to cut into the large lead. The Falcons fell to a tough Vanden team 71-44 and will now take on Casa Roble High School at home on Friday. The Falcons look to start of league the right way with a huge victory.