|Posted by THE BOSS on March 16, 2015 at 9:00 AM|
In the last league match of the season for both teams Old Boys did enough damage in a dominant first quarter to see them through the game. Keenan continued his current streak of form with another 9-point quarter, scoring two more of his trademark defence-splitting lay-ups and 5 from 8 from the line. Abe had a strong first one, too, with two made baskets in the paint and 3 of five frees, while Rahquon chipped in with two buckets from the post. Our solid, mobile 3-2 defence restricted the home team to just one three-pointer and three fast break lay-ups for a 20-9 lead to us at the end of the period.
Bulls got it going a bit more in the second quarter, winning it by 16-10 to cut the visitor’s lead to 5 points on 30-25. Keenan kept us scoring, though, with another one of a pair from the line before feeding Pete in the corner for a triple, then making another 2+1 on a drive and scoring a trey of his own at the end to total 16 for the half.
Rahquon did another spin and in from the low post to start the second half, with one of a pair from Tony and another rebound and put-back from Abe to restore our lead to 10 before Bulls could trouble the scorer again. Bulls switched to a zone for this quarter to clog up the paint to stop Keenan from waltzing through it, but that gave Rahqs and Abe room to receive and fake for two more buckets each, while Chris did a Keenan and drove through the whole zone for a finger-roll. Despite a subdued quarter for him, Keenan got another at the end, but after two scoreless minutes at the beginning Bulls had put in 22 in the next eight to our 17 to tie the game at 47.
Abe got going again straight away for two baskets and a plus-one, followed by Keenan finishing again to restore a 7-point lead, while we denied them once again for over two minutes. They got an inside bucket but Abe immediately restored the lead of 7 with a made pair on another foul in the paint. They replied with a trey from the top and a made pair to cut it right back to two, but then Abe received on the free-throw line and dished to Rahquon cutting under the basket for a no-look reverse lay-up. Chris and Keenan both made one of a pair before Abe swished another fifteen-foot J to take us back to 8 up. They pulled back another basket in the 7th, then Rahqs made another one of a pair in the 8th to put us on 63-56. Bulls took a time-out and came back out in a full-court press which succeeded in forcing us to spill two turnovers that they converted to cut our lead to just 3, but we managed to spread the front court, slow things down and hold out for the 63-60 win.
Once again, this wasn’t a great offensive display from Old Boys, but it was another gutsy defensive effort from all concerned and another lesson in how to grind out the win when you’re not playing particularly well. It leaves Old Boys still topping the table for the time being on 15 wins and 3 losses, but to win the division they need Comets to slip up against Knights or Mohawks (or both).
Scorers: Lawrence 23 (MVP), Ahmed 22, Chambers 11, Radford 3, Veira 3, Kissoon 1.