|Posted by THE BOSS on February 27, 2015 at 12:30 AM|
Old Boys left Jets grounded on the runway for the third time this season in the most comprehensive win of the three. The away league game in October was a tense 6-point win where we struggled all game and the Trophy game earlier this month was a comfortable 26-pointer for us. We fired on all cylinders at home in the league in this one, though, to finish with a 32-point margin on 79-47.
With Chris and Lee running late and Karl going to Jets’ court instead for some reason, we started with just the nine players (although we ended up with fourteen!) and Tony took the opportunity to start himself for a change, swishing a three from the top in the first minute when their zone backed off him to fill the paint. Keenan followed up with his first of many zone-splitting drives and when Andy hit back-to-back fake and drives in the 4th we were looking good at 9-2. Big Will got one inside for them in the 2nd and another in the 5th, but our 3-2 was mobile and aggressive and denied them any more looks for the rest of the quarter. Meanwhile, Rahquon scored his first from the low post, Keenan got another and one of a pair from the stripe and Andy made a perfect pair of frees to take us to 16-4.
At the start of the second period Pete rolled back the decades on a fast break to finish with a pass-fake and lay-up from the left, Keenan went coast-to-coast on another mazy drive, Mike swished a 15-footer and Gordon and Lee finished off inside after some quick and sweet ball-movement. Andy and Rahqs came back in to score another one and two baskets respectively in the paint to increase our score to 32 at the end of the half, although our defence had slackened a little in the quarter and Jets managed to get both engines firing for a while to put away 19 points and win the period.
So we started the second half with just the 9-point lead on 32-23, but Andy got going again straight away, Jamie scored one of a pair from the line and Lee swished a mid-range jumper before Jets could trouble Lefty and Ehjaz on the table again. Andy hit two more back-to-back, while Keenan dominated the last 4 minutes of the quarter with one of a pair and four lay-ups on coast-to-coast drives that had Jets scratching their heads in wonder and frustration. Balance was restored in offence and defence by 18-9 to us.
We started the final period at 50-32, but Jets found some rhythm again to peg it back by four points, until, in case they weren’t sick enough of him already, Keenan breezed through the lot of them twice more on power-drives, slamming the first two-handed and swishing the plus-one on the second. Not content with that he drew the last man on a three-man break and fed to Pete for another lay-up. Pete followed that on the next break with a visit to the bank from mid-range on the left from Lee’s outlet pass. Abe finally checked in after an unusually quiet night for him, then Mike swished another from the top. Keenan showed the opposition that he’s human after all by missing a pair from the line, but immediately followed that with a swished three from top right. Abe got two more buckets in heavy traffic in the paint, and when Gordon swished another in the 7th to take us to 72-47, Jets’ engines were blown beyond repair. To rub the salt in, Andy hit three of five on technicals and another inside bucket to take us to a crushing 27-15 for the quarter and 79-47 for the game.
Choosing our MVP was a no-brainer for them, with Keenan showing everyone what he’s really capable of with 24 points, a slam-dunk and numerous assists, blocks and steals in his best game of the season so far. Once again, credit goes to the whole bench for another solid team performance in sharing the workload at both ends of the court.
Scorers: Lawrence 24 (MVP), Broughton 21, Ahmed 6, Chambers 6, Radford 6, Eleazar 4, Bailey 4, Shovlin 4, Kissoon 3, Lee 1.