Foul after Foul: Varsity Boys Lose Tough Game against New Buffalo

Foul after Foul: Varsity Boys Lose Tough Game against New Buffalo

Sarah Jannings

 

LAKE MICHIGAN CATHOLIC- The LMC Varsity Boys Basketball Team played a fast paced game on January 10th at 7:30pm against the New Buffalo Bison in the LMC House of Noise. The starters for the night’s game included seniors, Max Allen and Jake Koenig, juniors, Jake Jozwiak and Matthew Rochefort, and sophomore, Diego Nerio. 

The Lakers won the tip and started out strong by being aggressive on defense. It was evident that one of the focuses for both teams for the night’s game was to get the rebounds. 

The Lakers knew what to expect and played an organized offense with strong communication, especially when breaking the Bison’s tough full court press. As the first quarter progressed, Allen and Jozwiak continued to go for the loose balls, but fouls were truly something that affected the Lakers early on. 

Luckily, the Bison were having the same problem. Koenig was fouled on numerous times even though only making some of his shots, he truly helped out the Lakers with his ball handling skills by setting up the offense and attempting to get his teammates the opportunity to shoot whenever he could. The first quarter ended with a jump shot from junior, Andy Conklin, leaving the score 3-10 going into the second quarter. 

The second quarter began and the Bisons immediately made two three-point shots which definitely hurt the Lakers on their offensive side. The Lakers had better chances to shoot in this quarter, but the easy shots like lay-ups and free-throws just weren’t going in. 

Junior, Chas LaSata, with a clean pass from Nerio, had an open drive for a lay-up, but he ended up getting called for travelling. The fouls continued on, but Allen and junior, Jon Jollay, were notably recognized for rustling to the ground for the ball whenever they could. 

With a minute and nineteen seconds left on the clock of the first half, Laker Coach Beckman received a technical foul. The Lakers ended the second quarter down by twenty-three points with a score of 10-33. 

The second half of the game began and as the Lakers came out of the locker room with great determination to continue to play hard, no matter what the score. Allen started out with a nice pass to Jozwiak down on the post, but unfortunately, he was unable to make the shot against the Bison’s tall defensive players. 

Allen recovered with a nice shot as Koenig continued to draw fouls and shoot free-throws. The Lakers improved with their looks to shoot, passing opportunities, and drive to get the rebounds. 

Rochefort played excellent defense as he usually guarded the fast Bison point guard. To finish the third quarter strong, Koenig came back with a three-pointer and junior, Nate Green, with a breakaway lay-up.

The fourth quarter began with a technical foul called on the Bison with Allen up to shoot the free-throws. The game continued to be physical as Green hit the ground hard, spraining his ankle and having to be carried off the court by LaSata and Rochefort. 

Nerio, stepping up for the Lakers, was fouled twice and made two out of his four free-throws. Towards the end of the game, the Lakers began to show more signs of exhaustion with a lack of aggressiveness on the defensive side, but that didn’t stop Conklin and Koenig through their efforts to score a few more points. 

Conklin came out with a jump-shot and Koenig made both of his final free-throws. Despite the continuous fouls from both teams throughout the entire game, only one player completely fouled out from the Bison and no one fouled out from the Lakers. 

Although a well-contributed effort from everyone on the team, the Lakers ended the game with a loss to the Bison and a final score of 27-68. Go out and support the Varsity boys at their next away conference game at Lawrence on Tuesday, January 14th at 7:00pm.