Men’s Basketball Nailbiting Tournament

By Jamie Sunada

Last weekend, the boys basketball team played Center, McClatchy, and River City in the three-day Bill Cartwright Tournament at Elk Grove High School. In the first game against Center, the boys kept a stable lead through the first three quarters. But, in the fourth quarter, Center’s height dominated the boards, and the Falcons were out rebounded. Center’s influence on the glass allowed them to take the lead in the last quarter and the 65-55 win in the end. Despite the tough, last-minute loss, the weekend wasn’t over, and the boys bounced back.

The second game of the weekend against McClatchy High School showed the team’s mental toughness and ability to quickly recover. The Falcons controlled the entire game from the tip-off to the last buzzer in their 57-39 dub.

The last game against River City was the most intense. The boys were up by 8 points at the half. But, River City didn’t give up, and number 3, came out explosive after the half leaving the falcons  down 7 with 2 minutes left in the fourth quarter. The Falcons ended up tying the game with 20 seconds left, with River City on offense. A River City player dribbled down the court and attacked the elbow, where Ryan Toschi ‘20 and Anthony Zavala ‘19 were waiting with a double team. However, when the player went, he double clutched and the referees called a foul on Toschi. The player made one free throw at the line, with 6 seconds left in the game. When CB inbounded the ball following the made free throw, Angelo Butler ‘20 threw a turnover and Brandon Wiggin ‘19 fouled the interceptor while hustling back on defense, putting River City on the line again. River City made both free throws and the Falcons ended up losing 66-63 in a tough loss. Following the win, Zavala took home all-tourney for the team.

Despite the losses for the team, the boys fought hard this past weekend and showed their fighting spirit.