By Tommy Fellner// The Acalanes Men’s Basketball team (7-8, 0-1 DFAL) got run over by league rival Miramonte this Tuesday night. The Dons were overpowered offensively, falling 77-41.
Miramonte showcased their offensive prowess early in the first quarter. Dropping three pointers and jump shots, the Mats got out to a big lead and stifled Acalanes’ drive based offense. The Dons struggled to get open looks and when they did, had a tough time finishing. At the end of the first, Acalanes trailed 16-4.
The second quarter showed more promise as the Dons began to start scoring. This was a result of improved offensive play but also because the Matadors received three technical fouls, resulting in easy points for Acalanes. Miramonte senior Eddy Ionescu kept the Matador offense productive, continuing to knock down shots. Acalanes remained in a double digit hole, 36-19.
The third quarter was by far the closest, but the Dons failed to cut into Miramonte’s lead. Aaron Hill of the Dons put in some excellent post play, senior Andrew McKendell nailed a deep three pointer and sophomore Aidan McNamara made 4 straight free throws to keep the Dons almost within striking distance.
However, senior Ryan Anderson of the Matadors opened up the second half by scoring 8 straight points and the Dons just couldn’t keep up.
The fourth quarter was all Miramonte. Outscoring the Dons 24-6, the Matadors put their stamp on the game. Coach Dave Goldman cleared the bench and it was more of the same. Miramonte connecting on their shots and the Dons’ attempts clanking off of the rim or the backboard. Hill and McNamara finished with 10 points apiece.
Acalanes will have to turn things around this Friday against a young and talented Las Lomas team if they wish to remain competitive for the DFAL title.