Albason’s Buzzer Beater Lifts Falcons over Eagles

By: Mark Powers

On Wednesday night, men’s basketball took on Vista Del Lago in an important Capital Athletic League battle. The Falcons began the game ice cold, and allowed the Eagles to jump out to a lightning fast 9-0 lead. At halftime though, the Falcons had cut the Vista lead to just two, 27-25. A run of three pointers by the Falcons in third had the game knotted at 42 apiece. In the fourth quarter, the Eagles started hot and leaped out to a 57-51 lead with two minutes to go. Senior guard Will Warner (‘18) would not be denied in the fourth. Warner utilized a flurry of midrange jumpers and drives that combined for 15 fourth quarter points. With under a minute to go, Warner drove and nailed a reverse layup to put the Falcons ahead 59-57. Vista responded, breaking the Falcons’ full court pressure and tying the game with eight seconds to go. After advancing the ball into the front court, coach Brian Chavez called timeout with 2.1 seconds to go. Anthony Zavala (‘19) inbounded to Andre Albason (‘18) on the right side who took one dribble and nailed a fade away three as time expired to give the Falcons a crucial league win, 62-59. Albason finished with 17 points for the game, and was named the cbtalon.com player of the game. Will Warner (‘18) led the team in scoring, dropping 19 points, 15 of which came in the fourth, as Warner was really the key to the Falcons’ comeback.

 

 

 

THREE TAKEAWAYS

SLOW STARTS

CB has had trouble early in games on multiple occasions this season, and this game was not an outlier. The Falcons were down 9-0 before they knew what happened. The effort for CB has been tremendous all season long, but it has often taken a couple minutes for the Falcons to get that effort ramped all the way up.

REBOUNDING

The Falcons were destroyed on the glass in the f

irst quarter, allowing Vista to get ahead in the first. The Falcons gave up significant height to the Eagles, so it is understandable that they would be out rebounded by the Eagles for the game. But in the final three quarters, the Falcons held their own on the backboards, which was the key to getting back in the game.

LEAGUE

The Falcons are now 2-0 in league, and with the return of big man Everett Perot (‘18) expected in the next few games, the Falcons have high hopes for the rest of league play as they try to win  a league title for the first time in three years.