The Spartans were home on Friday against the Jersey Village Falcons.
After a tough loss the Spartans were looking to get back to their winning ways as well as redeem themselves after losing to the Falcons the first time they played earlier this season.
The Falcons started off strong against the starting group of Hatcher, Dawes, Dudley, Bell and McVaugh going on a 5-0 run. A three pointer by McVaugh followed by strong defensive play by Bell which led to a steal and quick pass to McVaugh for a layup tied the game at 7 all with 4:15 left in the quarter. Strong offensive rebounding and continued strong defensive play put the Spartans up 13-9 with less than a minute in the quarter. A late three by the Falcons brought them within one at the end of the quarter with a score of 13-12 heading into the second.
The second quarter started off with Jameson Cronin, Cameron Cronin, Tyler Silas, Tristan Morrison, and Andrei Badescu in the game. Both teams traded buckets early on however, the Spartans were able to maintain the lead due to strong rebounding and overall hustle by the team. After entering the game, Mosquera drove in strong to the basket making the bucket and getting the “and one”. After making the free throw, the Spartans were up 21-16 with 3:30 to play. With 1:34 left in the quarter, Mosquera drove the lane but threw a quick pass out to Paul Skoutelakis who drained a three bringing the lead to 10 with a score of 28-18. The Spartans went into half time leading 30-22.
The third quarter started off slow for the Spartans. The Falcons were back within 5 with 6:38 to play in the quarter. However, strong offensive rebounding and a three pointer by Dawes with 6:00 to play put the Spartans up by 8. With 5:15 the Spartans were once again up by 10. However, sloppy play by the Spartans over the next 4 minutes allowed the Falcons to pull within 3 with 1:30 left in the quarter with a score of 40-37. A nice assist from Cameron Cronin to Morrison led to a bucket and an “and one” opportunity bringing the score to 42-37 with less than a minute to play. Morrison missed the free throw but had a block on the other end as time was winding down in the quarter. The score held and the Spartans went into the 4th quarter leading by 5.
Strong play by J. Cronin, C. Cronin, Morrison, Badescu and Mosquera in the beginning of the 4th gave the Spartans an 11 point lead with 5:10 remaining in the game with a score of 48-37. However, the Falcons were three for three in their three point shooting (which was what had hurt the Spartans in the first game played against them) and with 4:00 minutes left in the game had cut the lead to 4 with a score of 50-46. A couple more quick buckets and the game was tied at 50 with 3:00 minutes left. The Spartans brought down the ball and Dawes was able to find Dudley wide open under the basket and the Spartans were back up 2 with 2:30 left. The Spartans were not able to make a stop on the other end of the court and the game was tied back up at 52 with 2:00 minutes left. At that point neither team was able to score down the stretch. The game went into OT tied at 52.
With 4 minutes on the clock in OT, Hatcher won the initial tip and the Spartans started on offense. Making a nice move to the basket, Bell was unable to get the contested lay up to fall, the Falcons rebounded but Hatcher punched out the ball. Bell scrambled to get the ball, passed to Hatcher down low who quickly found McVaugh who drained the three point shot giving the Spartans the lead 55-52. Down on the other end of the court the Spartans played strong defense and did not make it easy on the Falcons. A strong rebound by Bell gave the Spartans a chance to increase the lead. As they had been doing all game, the Spartans were strong on the offensive boards and after a couple of missed shots, Dawes rebounded and put it back making the bucket and getting the foul call. He missed the free throw but the Spartans were now up 57-52 with 2:00 left in OT. The Falcons were able to get a shot to fall on the other end and with 1:30 left the score was 57-54. At the other end, Hatcher had the ball at the top of the key, Dudley cut underneath and caught the quick pass from Hatcher. He missed the shot but was fouled and made both free throws. The lead was back to 5. Another quick basket by the Falcons and the score was 59-56 with a minute to play. The Falcons pressed and the Spartans were unable to handle the ball, turning it over. The Falcons missed the layup. Dawes was fouled on the other end of the court and made one brining the score to 60-56 with less than 30 seconds left. The Falcons brought the ball down and went for the quick three which was blocked by Hatcher. They were able to scramble for the ball and maintained possession. The Spartans played great defense at the end and the Falcons were unable to score. The Spartans won in OT 60-56!
This was a great team win for the Spartans with everyone contributing to the win!
The Spartans are on the road against the Cy Fair Bobcats on Tuesday, February 4th at 5:30.