By Tommy Fellner, Online Sports Editor
The Acalanes Men’s Basketball team (4-14) lost a close game to rival Miramonte Matadors, 57-50. It was a back and forth game with neither team having more than a five point lead up until halftime.
The first quarter proved to be very exciting with neither team able to get their offense going early. At the end of the first, the Matadors had managed a one point lead and were up 11-10.
However, the second quarter saw both teams show glimpses of their offensive prowess. Defense was a big facet of this game and neither team let the other out of its sight. At the half, the Dons had regained the lead and were up 26-25.
The third proved to be a turnaround quarter for Miramonte. Sparked by a dunk from junior Ryan Anderson, the Matadors put the pedal to the metal and started to wedge a gap between themselves and the Dons. Acalanes managed to claw back into the game and were only down 39-37 at the end of the third.
In the fourth, Miramonte took a bigger lead but this time they were able to hold onto it. Miramonte was able to close out the game 57-50.
The Dons lost the game but they also suffered injuries to two key players for the Dons. Starters Zach Stromberg and Gavin Shipp both had to leave the game due to their injuries. Shipp got pushed into the bleachers chasing for a loose ball and hurt his collarbone. Stromberg landed on his head and split it open fighting for a rebound. However, both players are expected to return for next friday’s game.
Acalanes needs to win their next game against Alhambra if they want to keep their NCS hopes alive.