Coach Farron Evans
The Blazers got out to a 6-0 lead through the first four minutes and were flying around playing great defense. The game and the pressure wore on the team as they went into halftime down by 10 points. We could not close the gap to less than six as the Jags made a final push to end the game 43-56. Jake McClure and Ethan Reynolds paced the Blazers with 11 points each and Soph. Mitch Mauk came off the bench for six points in one-quarter of play.
The young Blazers were hit with an opening run they could not recover from. The defense must improve for us to win games. Mitch Mauk and Conor Elder led the team in scoring.
The Blazers C team had a good first half at Blue Valley West and took a two point lead into halftime 26-24. In the third quarter, the Blazers were outscored 16 to seven. At the beginning of the fourth quarter, the Blazers found themselves down by seven which would grow to 13 after a couple of three point baskets by BVW. The Blazers went to a full-court press late in the fourth quarter and was able to cut the lead back down to seven, but some breakdowns defensively along with turnovers was too much for the Blazers to overcome. The Blazers came up short, losing to BVW 46-54. The Blazers were led by Nathan Pascarelli with 13 and Taden Burke with 12.
TheFreshman Blazers squared off against a very skilled and aggressive BV West.
The Jaguars’ high-pressure defense was overwhelming and forced 31 Blazer TOs when the dust settled.
The guys learned the importance of strength, balance, poise, and discipline when the basketball is in your possession. GEHS did show flashes of great team basketball, and the goal is to play fundamentally sound on both ends of the floor as well as in transition for four quarters.
During a stretch mid-second quarter, the Blazers dissected BV West’s 1-2-2 ¾ trap and Carson Hilton benefitted, hitting three treys during that span. Hilton finished the game with a very efficient 12 points on four FG attempts. Taden Burke stuffed the stat sheet as well, hitting 4/7 from deep, grabbing 4 rebounds, and dishing out three assists. Dalton Jackson dominated the glass, grabbing 13 rebounds to go with his eight points. Finally, Eli Porter played with extreme aggression and led the team with four steals, three rebounds. Porter also made it to the FT line a team-high five times. The guys now know the areas where we must improve to compete at a high level, and are excited about the opportunity to get back to work in practice.
The Freshman B team played another close game losing 37-42 against Blue Valley West. After playing to a 9-9 tie in the first quarter Blue Valley opened up a 22-17 lead at the half. The Blazers struggled in the 3rd quarter and trailed by 12 going into the fourth. Fighting hard the Blazers, led by Gunnar Kyle’s 11 points, seven in the fourth quarter, made it a tight game falling by five. Ethan Gilmore and Ethan Short each chipped in six points in the loss.