Facing a tough opponent in their final regular-season game while knowing they already had secured a place in the tourney, the Flight JV boys emptied the bench in their Wednesday night 62 – 47 loss to G
Flight started the game on a hot streak, with DJ draining all three of his long first-quarter three-point attempts. Kevin added a basket, and DJ added two other baskets as the first-quarter ended with Flight up 36 – 12.
DJ scored ten more second-quarter points, including going 2 – 2 from three-point land. Substitutes Joel, Max, Jordan, and Will came into the game at various times in the quarter, but even regulars Conner, Josh, Isaac, and Kevin were repeatedly getting inside shots blocked. Offensively GAAA found their game, using fast breaks and quick, sharp passing to score 24 points in the quarter, with the help of only one three-point shot. At halftime GAAA led 36 – 30.
In the third quarter Flight went into a shooting slump. DJ not only missed both of his three-point attempts, but his one-handed shots on drives to the basket weren’t falling either. Scoring only one foul shot, he wisely started passing off, but crisp passes to both Will and Josh bounced off their hands, and Kevin cut to the basket just as DJ threw a pass to him in the corner. GAAA outscored Flight 16 – 5 in the quarter.
DJ sat out the fourth quarter, saving himself for the upcoming Varsity game. In three quarters he scored 24 points, with 5 rebounds, 3 steals, and an assist. GAAA emptied their bench, rotating three or four reserves with one or two starters. Conner led Flight as they fought to stay in the game, at one point narrowing the lead to single digits. Conner battled mightily inside, finishing with 5 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists. He had a three-pointer taken away on a three-second violation.
…Holt was the one Flight player able to hold his own inside. He had no shots blocked, and scored 9 points with one rebound.
…Josh continued to play well, with 5 points and rebounds, a steal, and 2 blocked shots.
…Kevin had 5 boards to go with his one basket.
…Jonathan and Isaac played a good portion of the game, and both logged one steal.
…Jordan and Max each had a rebound. Max played quite aggressively inside, and was called for a foul.
…Joel played well and got off two shots.
…Will had 3 rebounds and made a nice pass inside. On one missed shot the rebound came off the rim, and several players deflected it over toward Will. He jumped up and caught the ball, laying it into the basket in the same motion.