Varsity Boys’ Basketball Shreds Stony Point Tigers 57-45

By Vikram Joshi, Sports Editor

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  • Before the game, Brandon Parks '20 and the team warm up by practicing shooting layups. Parks was one of the eight seniors honored during 'Senior Night' which marks the last home game of the season.

    Photo By Ishika Samant

  • Just below the basket, Luis Yoyotte '20 starts to jump for a layup. The ball was rebounded by to Stony Point.

    Photo By Ishika Samant

  • Jumping, Santi Campos '20 shoots a layup. The play occurred during the close beginning of the game, the layup made the score 4-6.

    Photo By Ishika Samant

  • Losing control of the ball due to a foul, Anish Maddipoti '20 quickly passes the ball to a teammate. The referees called the foul and gave the Warriors two free throws.

    Photo By Ishika Samant

  • Zach Engels '22 shoots a one pointer. Engels is a small forward for the team.

    Photo By Ishika Samant

  • Brandon Parks '20 shoots a layup. The layup and the foul that occurred during the play gave the Warriors a three point lead.

    Photo By Ishika Samant

  • Brandon Parks '20 jumps to pass the ball to a teammate over the blocking defender. The play ended in a foul on Westwood giving Parks two free throws.

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During the final home game of the season and the Warriors’ senior night, the students came out in full force to support the team on Friday, Feb. 14. With nine seniors graduating this year, the Warriors made it a night to remember, beating the Tigers in dominant fashion while the crowd roared in support. The seniors were each given small frames that contained action shots of them signed by the team and with a couple of commanding runs, the Warriors controlled the game to finish off the Tigers 57-45.

“[The game felt] a bit sad because it is the last [home] game of the season and the last game for everyone to watch [at home],” manager Youngchan Kang ‘22 said.

In the opening period, guard Brandon Parks ‘20 led the Warriors to an early lead. Off of an assist from Luis Yoyotte ‘20, Parks knocked down a triple. A couple plays later, Parks hit another 3-pointer to go up 10-6. After a free throw from the Tigers, the period would come to a close 10-7.

In the second quarter, the Warriors expanded on their lead. They stayed hot from behind the arc with buckets from small forward Anish Maddipoti ‘20 and guard Arjun Seth ‘21 each draining 3-pointers. Also including a layup from Parks as well as several other scores, the Warriors went on a 12-4 run to open the quarter. They cooled down late, but were still able to go into the locker rooms up 26-17.

In the third quarter, the Tigers tried their best to launch a comeback, but they would be held off by the Warriors. After four quick points from the Warriors to open the half, Stony Point surged back with a 14-4 run that cut the Warriors’ lead to three. However, after a Warriors’ timeout, the Warriors rattled off five points to close the period.

To close out the game, the Warriors didn’t slow down, notching their highest-scoring quarter in the fourth. With a relentless offensive performance, they piled on 18 more points and finished off Stony Point 57-45.

“The team did [well]. The seniors went out and won. They played hard, did their job, and knocked down some big shots,” assistant coach Drew Rigney said. “They [also] played really good defense. We had [the Tigers] score a little bit more than we wanted but it wasn’t because of a lack of effort.”

The Warriors will play their final game of the season at Cedar Ridge on Tuesday, Feb. 18.