Posted On: 03/15/18 1:54 PM
Thursday’s game 2 featured a matchup of 2 regional champions: Columbia Academy (26-7) and Loretto Hight School (27-5). Loretto executed well in the 1st quarter building a 18-10 lead by the end of the period. Columbia Academy used a 10-0 2nd quarter run sparked by SR William Butterfiled to close the gap to 35-33 at the half. They would be up one, 51-50 after the 3rd, but Loretto would use a 20-18 4th quarter to hold on for the win 70-69.
1. Underclassman of the game
In a game with 12 underclassman on the rosters only 1 saw significant playing time. Loretto’s Toby Glass did not have an impressive stat line, but he played important minutes as a late defensive substitution for Loretto’s talented big man Kirkland Surratt (who was a perfect 6-6 from the field in the game). Glass totaled two rebounds and an assist during his 15 minutes off the bench.
2. Best Guy off Bench
As a late game defensive substitution Toby Glass did his job, and did it well. No easy 3’s, make Columbia work the ball around. He also saw significant minutes throughout the game, playing good defense and recording 0 turnovers.
3. Best intangibles
Ryan Weathers wanted to win this game, and wanted to win it bad. I saw him dive on the floor for a ball no less than 4 times. He wanted the ball in his hand late, and hit 4 clutch free throws to ice the game in the final minute.
4. Best under the radar
Loretto’s Jacob Hallmark flew under my radar, and I was watching the game. I looked up at the stat sheet and he had quietly put up 10 points, pulled down nine rebounds (four offensive), and had 7 assists.
5. Play of the game
The play of the game, in a game with a ton of great plays, goes to Loretto’s Will McBee. With the game’s minutes winding down he hit a deep 3 off a kickout to untie the game and put Loretto up 60-57. Although the game stayed close, Loretto would not trail after that point.
6. Best Deep Shooters
Both teams shot the lights out this afternoon. Loretto’s Ryan Weathers was on from the 3-point line. He hit two of his 5 3s with a hand in his face.
Eli Hyde stepped outside the arc in the 2nd half and was nailing his open shots. If Loretto did not get a hand in his face he made shots. Making three of his four 3s in the 3rd quarter, he finished the game with 20 points in 6 of 11 shooting.
7. The Crowd,
Both schools brought a large and spirited student section, as well as a number of parents and community members. The spirited atmosphere made the game even more fun to watch. Both sides live narrated the game at points “Bounce, bounce, bounce, pass, shot, Brick!” As the game went back and forth late the crowd matched the intensity on the court.
8. Most outstanding defensive player
Jacob James was a strong presence under the basket in a game that featured more team defense than individual. He recorded two blocks and was a general headache for offensive players attacking the basket.
9. Most outstanding offensive player
Ryan Weathers dropped in 25 points on 6 of 10 shooting, including 5 3s. He was a perfect from 8-8 from the free throw line and handled much of the ball handling responsibility late. His looks are deceptive, he was making tough contested shots and getting into the lane all afternoon.
10. Game most outstanding
Ryan Weathers lead his team with both effort and skill this evening. He was diving on the floor, playing solid defense, and shot clutch shots. There is something to be said for a player who wants the ball in his hands late. He not only hit big shots from the field, but was 4-4 (8-8) overall from the free throw line inside of 1 minute to go in the game. He finished with a game-high 25 points and chipped in two rebounds, two assists, and a steal.