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Highlander Basketball Edges Chase 24-23

Blaire Farrar
The Boys Fourths Basketball Team travelled to Chase Collegiate School in Waterbury, CT to play its first game of the season. Led by returners Mathes Payne and Jerry Cheng, the rookie squad took Chase by storm in the first half, posting an 11-point lead. But in the second, when the Highlanders got complacent, Chase took advantage. Putting up two baskets, two three-pointers and two foul shots, Chased pulled ahead 20-21 within the first 13 minutes of the second half. The Highlanders were able to break their opponents’ streak, but could not pull ahead. Things looked bleak when Chase made a 2-pointer to widen the gap to 20-23, but in a frenzied response, Gunn scored four points in the last minute of the game, eking out the victory, 24-23. Nick Vogtland scored the winning basket. Cheng, a four-year veteran, left it all on the court, even his blood. He was pumped. “This is the best basketball team ever in my four years on fourths, and I’d like to thank everyone for fulfilling my dream.” Asked whether he thought the team could go undefeated, he said, “If we continue to play well, and if we communicate, try hard, make good passes, cuts, and shots, we are going to succeed.” John Meyer, the high scorer (11 points), was also optimistic. “This was a good experience and the whole team played well. We came out clutch in the end. We lost some on defense, but we made up for it when it came down to crunch time.” Meyer was followed by Austin Ngo who scored 5 points, Payne (4), Vogtland (3) and Colton Ciacelli (2). Payne had 14 rebounds (11 offensive) and 3 steals. Ronin Kmeta-Suarez had 7 rebounds and Ngo had 3 steals. Coach Jarrod Sisk was pleased with the team’s performance. “This was a good first game, everyone played a role in the win, and we’ve just got to keep working hard and get better every day,” he said. Boys Fourths faces their next opponent, Taft, at home on Wednesday.
 
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