- Girls beat Troy to win La Jolla Country Day Tourney
In the championship game of the girls first tournament of the year, they continued their streak of balling out to bring home the ship. The key to the victory was the first quarter defensive shutdown of Troy. The Falcons outscored the Warriors 16-7 to start off the game. Troy would later start to develop an offense, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the high-powered performance of the Falcons, led by senior Jamie Bain’s 18 pts and 5 steals. Bain ended up dropping 65 points throughout the tournament and went on to be named tournament MVP!
- Girls beat Creek 64-58
The girls headed to Creek to play them for the second time of the season on Jan. 19. The Falcons already copped a dub against Creek earlier in the season, beating them 58-49 in the Nike Tournament of Champions. It looked like they would repeat the process while bouncing out to a 29-15 lead at half. The Falcons held onto this lead to beat Creek for the second time 64-58. A big part of that win was sophomore Peyton Muma’s legendary performance. She dropped a season high 18 points to help secure the bag. Senior fan Lance Opp said, “It was the most nervous I had been for a game at that point in the season, so it was great to watch us walk into Creek and dominate. After the game, I knew that big things were coming for the girls.”
- Boys beat Regis 49-48
Earlier in the season, the boys lost to Regis in a nailbiter at home. After that devastating loss, revenge was in the air when the Falcons headed to Regis to play them in the second round of the state playoffs. I couldn’t tell if the basketball court was real or if it was a Golden Corral Buffet because our boys were eating all game long. The Falcons had the Raiders shaking in their boots as they were behind the whole game. Some motivation was found as Regis started to create a hefty fourth quarter comeback. The two teams went back and forth until the Falcons found themselves in the middle of a timeout, down by one, with six seconds left, and with the ball on the sideline. Junior Ryker Cserik looked down at his watch and just as he predicted, it was time to ball out. After an initial missed shot, Cserik grabbed the rock and threw up a layup, and as the clock read 00.00, the ball dropped and the Falcons won 49-48, completing the upset. Junior fan Scott Mortimer said, “One word: epic. This game was everything I could’ve hoped for. It was so fun to watch and it was clear to see that we were able to get in the Regis players’ heads since we sat right next to the baseline and were able to scream at them whenever they had the ball. Once Ryker dropped the game winning shot, we rushed the court and it was absolutely legendary. Definitely one of the best games of the year.”
- Girls beat Regis 65-49
In the biggest game of the regular season, the Falcons unsurprisingly showed up big. With a heavy media presence at the game, the girls did what they do best, and started off strong, outscoring Regis 17- 5 in the first quarter. Throughout the entire game, senior Jamie Bain was hot on the court. She dropped a total of 20 points and was 10/10 from the freethrow line. Every one of our offense possession looked something like this, splash, Kobe, splash, buckets, bodied, splash, more bucket. The Regis girls were clearly flustered and their top scorer and Stanford commit, Francesca Belibi, was nowhere to be found. The Falcons went on to take down the Rebels 65-49.
- Boys beat Canyon 49-48
This is it. The cream of the crop, the best game of the year. It’s a scientific fact that everyone hates Canyon and no one wants to see them succeed. The beef started brewing days before the game over Twitter, which only made everyone more hyped to watch. Students started to fill in the stands three hours before the game, and a huge crowd was expected by both teams. The Falcons got off to a slow start and went into halftime down 28-20. In the locker room, coach Gibbs must have given a speech that started with none other than “They had us in the first half, I’m not going to lie” because the Falcons came out firing on all cylinders in the second half, outscoring Canyon 18-10 in the third quarter and brought the game to a nerve racking score of 38-38. Junior Tristan Hurdle was literally dripping all over the court after he went 4 for 6 from beyond the arch. Junior Konor Lathrop looked like Shaq in the paint while grabbing nine rebounds throughout the game. The two teams went back and forth for the remainder of the quarter until the boys found themselves in another tough situation. With under two minutes to go down by one, sophomore Jason Simental, ICE IN HIS VEINS, walks up to the free throw line and knocks down two of the clutchest free throws I’ve ever seen. This put up the Falcons 49-48. The game was in the hands of Canyon senior Jalen Eikenberg and just like an infant child with small parts from a toy set, he choked. Not one, but two game winning shots were missed by Eikenberg and the Falcons finished on top.
Kyle Lynch, Staff Reporter