Basketball Recap 12/7-12/13

By Vikram Nallakrishnan '17

Varsity Boys: The Varsity boys had two big games this week. On Tuesday 9, they played a game against Faith Bible. Last year Catlin Gabel suffered a disappointing loss to Faith Bible by 13, and this year the team seeked a different outcome.

In the first half, Catlin Gabel struggled to catch the net, but with strong defense, the team gained a double digit lead into the half. In the second half, their offensive side picked up, and the overall energy resulted in a great win, noted Jacob Adler ‘17.

A 70-46 point victory carried the team to a Friday clash with the number one 3A team in Oregon, Dayton High School. The boys were ecstatic to have the opportunity to close out preseason versus the well-regarded team at their home court.

The energy in the first quarter was outstanding, and the Eagles had several leads throughout the quarter. In the second half, Dayton took a solid ten point lead. However, Catlin showed promise throughout the third quarter with improved shooting and tough defense. The Eagles cut the Dayton lead to five several times, but ultimately lost 44-67.

Adler explained the team “Played well for three quarters and for the last quarter it showed us what we need to work on this year, and shows that we can hang with the best, and have great confidence going into the year.” The boys will open league play this week with games against Rainier, Warrenton, and De La Salle.

The team before their home opener game against Faith Bible. (Photo courtesy of Casey Mills)

The team before their home opener game against Faith Bible. (Photo courtesy of Casey Mills)

Varsity Girls: The Varsity girls played twice this week. They were fairly short handed in both their games and had some trouble earning quick points. They suffered a disappointing loss to Faith Bible 13-44 on Tuesday, and on Friday lost 9-64 to Dayton.

One player, Aliya Mahmoud ‘17, summed up the feelings for the week, “…these games were challenging but I believe we played with full heart and potential despite the score. I do not believe the results explains our team’s talent…”

The girls team expect some currently injured players to return soon, and will look to dominate this upcoming week versus Rainier, Warrenton, and De La Salle.

Junior Varsity Boys: The JV boys played at home twice this week against two tough opponents. On Tuesday afternoon, the visiting Faith Bible Falcons JV team took on the boys. The game was a back and forth affair for the entire first half.

However, in the second half the strong three point shooting of the squad lead the team to a 50-32 victory. Shooting guard Mark Nicholson ‘17 commented, “The team’s energy was high and our intensity was great, we played well and got a W.”

On Friday, the boys played the Dayton Pirates. Dayton remained the aggressor for the first three quarters, and gained a large double digit lead. However, in the fourth quarter, Catlin Gabel responded with feisty defense and on-target shots. Unfortunately, despite their strong effort, the Eagles ended the game 53-59. The team has three games this upcoming week against Rainier, Warrenton, and De La Salle.