Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Bassett High School
Edgewood High School
If there’s any lesson learned throughout the past year it is, it ain’t over until the final buzzer sounds. Tuesday’s game was no exception. The Lions entered game number nine in league coming off of a 25 point victory over Garey High School last Friday. This time around the Lions would have to face a hungry Bassett Olympian team who in their previous encounter were defeat by the Lions 61-59. The rematch would live up to the first encounter as an all out epic finale.
In the first quarter the Lions entered the game on a 7-0 run until the Olympians led by Rudy Suarez came out poised and executed their man to man offense with ease. Despite their perfection offensively, the Lions still gained the upper hand at the end of the first period. Following the first, the Lions would go extremely cold only scoring eight points in the second quarter sending them down nine at the half.
The struggles continued as the Lions entered the third quarter still struggling from the field. The Lions fell completely flat scoring a season low four points in the third quarter. The first three minutes of the fourth quarter it seemed the Lions were destined to drop a crucial league game scoring two points in three minutes. However, at the five minute mark down 31-45…………………..THE COMA WAS OVER!!!!
The Lions came storming out of a timeout and brought their full court pressure. More importantly they brought their offense with them IN FULL FORCE!!!!! After a collection of baskets from Alfredo Diaz, Ozzy Mancilla and Sebastian Andrade it set the tone for what will go down as one of the craziest one man takeovers displayed thus far this season. Junior guard Daniel blew the roof off the Lions Den as he scored 16 of his 21 points in the final three minutes of the game. With nearly 50 seconds left in the game tied 52-52, Felix did the unthinkable and gave the Lions their first lead since the first quarter. After storming past a defender and euro-stepping his way to two points, the Lions were up 54-52.
After continuing their press, late in the quarter the Lions were able to provide two free throws from Niko Yamamoto to seal off the comback victory. Not even a buzzer beater three point shot from Salvador Santos could save the Olympians from Edgewood’s amazing fourth quarter comeback as the Lions went on to win 56-55.
To say this game was amazing is an understatement. This rematch between two league rivals went from a certified blowout to an all out epic confrontation with an all out epic climax. This game once again proved the resiliency and mental toughness from the cardiac kids.
With this win, The Lions (19-5, 6-3) are now one step closer to playoff contention and the conclusion of the Miramonte League schedule. With senior night on the horizon, the Lions look to fill the Lions Den with supporters and spectators as the defend home court against the eventual three peat Miramonte League Champion Pomona High School. The Lions are looking to spoil their celebration with a celebration of their own; an opportunity to celebrate four seniors, the season and a possible playoff berth. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.