Falcon Deficit In A Nail Biting Holy Hoops

By Jamie Sunada

On Saturday, men’s basketball played a home game against Jesuit High School in the annual Holy Hoops event. Despite the 73-67 loss, the team played a great game, challenging the Jesuit defense from tip to buzzer.

In an exciting opening to the game, Angelo Butler ‘20 got a quick foul following a drive to the paint and knocked down his first two free throws, giving the Falcons the first points of the game. Brandon Wiggin ‘19 made a crafty back-door cut and added another two points to the Falcons’ 7-6 lead. Later in the game, the Marauders, pushing the ball up the court, had an opportune fast-break. But, Shakai Nichols ‘20 stepped up for the charge, energizing the crowd and the bench. The quarter ended with a score of 14-11 Jesuit.

Beginning the second quarter, Butler sunk an easy three-pointer. Luke Jones ‘20 followed Nichols and stopped another Jesuit fast-break with a charge. After that, he stole the ball and went on his own fast-break, finishing the easy bucket with an impressive Euro step. The second quarter closed with a score of 33-27 Jesuit

In the third quarter, Butler hit a game-changing three to tie the score at 45-45. But the Falcons weren’t done here. The boys used this momentum to fuel a comeback. Following another two threes by Butler again, Ryan Toschi ‘20 split the defense in the paint and made a lay-up, putting the Falcons up two points in the last seconds of the quarter. The third finished with a score of 52-50 CB, the home team’s first lead since the beginning of the game.

Toschi had a monster block when a Marauder tried to post up in the middle of the last quarter.  But because Jesuit became one-in-one, due to too many Falcon fouls, it gave them the extra advantage. And with five minutes left in the game, a swish three from the opposing team gave them the momentum to take the cake.

Toschi’s rebounds, on offense and defense, significantly contributed to the team’s success in offense throughout the entire game. And it wasn’t just him, either. Butler scored 25 of CB’s 67 points and point guard Anthony Zavala ‘19 was the main playmaker of the game. Most notably late in the fourth quarter when he saw Toschi’s backdoor read and threw an assist over the Jesuit defense for two points. The Falcons fought hard overall and can’t wait for next year’s rivalry.