Stratford’s rematch with Spring Woods turned out to be one of the most exciting finishes of the year.
The Spartans started out hot, shooting 7 of 16 from the field and taking a 17-13 first quarter lead. Paul Choi led the way with 7 first quarter points on 2 of 3 shooting and the team dished out 4 assists. After putting up 17 first quarter points, Stratford’s second quarter offense could only be described as “anemic”. The Spartans scored 5 points in the quarter (2 of 11 from the field) and committed 6 turnovers to allow Spring Woods to tie the score, 22-22, at halftime. Stratford’s offensive woes continued in the third as they only generated 11 shot attempts from the field. However, the Spartan defense was superb as they held Spring Woods to 4 points and built a 7-point lead with less than a minute remaining in the quarter. Lackadaisical defense in the final minute of the quarter allowed Spring Woods to go on a 8-0 run, including 2-three pointers, and take their first lead of the game (34-33). The teams traded baskets for the first 3 ½ minutes of the final period. With 2:29 left in the quarter, Mark Perkins had a steal and 2 pointer to tie the score 47-47. Spring Woods scored the next 4 points to take a 51-47 lead. Jack Vandiver and Ethan Wohlfahrt worked hard on the offensive and defensive boards to get much needed possessions for the Spartans. Jack Vandiver got a steal and layup to cut the lead to 49-51 with 1:17 on the clock. Spring Woods made 1 of 2 free throws before John Troutman hit a big three-pointer to tie the game 52-52 with 49 seconds remaining. The Stratford defense secured a defensive rebound with 14 seconds left in the game and called timeout to set up its last possession with 8 seconds remaining. John Troutman drove right and made a cross-court pass to Donovan Banks who hit the game-winner with no time remaining. SPARTANS WIN!!! SPARTANS WIN!!!
Ethan Wohlfahrt led your Spartans with 11 points, 2 rebounds, and 5 steals. John Troutman had 9 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assists (including on the game winner). However, no statistics were bigger than Donovan Banks’ game winner, 8 points, 2 rebounds, and 4 assists. Mark Perkins and Paul Choi scored 7 points each and Jack Vandiver contributed 6 points and 4 big rebounds. Other scorers included: John McGee (3); Everett Bates (2); and Hawkins Polley (2).