Welcome to Coach B’s blog: Here’s where you’ll find all the Xs and Os about press, man vs. zone defense, fast breaks, and substitutes. It’s all Pine Crest hoops, all the time! I’ll keep you updated on our mission for a State Championship, provide you with a sneak peak of our upcoming 2012-13 basketball campaign, and share some knowledge about the ins and outs of the season. I’ll also try to address any pertinent questions along the way that you have about our season, the players, and our coaches.
| Comeback Earns Pine Crest District Win |
Playing away from home at the Somerset Academy, the Panthers came back from a third period deficit
to win 66 to 64 in Overtime.
Pine Crest never gave up even when they were 18 points down in the middle of the third quarter.
The game started with AJ Sacks hitting two long 3’s and the Panthers took a 6 to 4 lead and then never regained it again until the overtime.
The first period ended with Somerset leading 17 to 14.
In the second period both teams play even and only scored eight points apiece and the half time score was 25 to 22 Somerset.
The third period The Academy came out hot and ran off ten straight points as Pine Crest called time out to try to slow or stop the momentum
that had been built. But Somerset kept adding to their lead and made the score 42 to 24 .
Pine Crest went “small” and their pressure began to take effect with three and half minutes left in the period and were now in the bonus at the charity stripe.
5’10 Sr. Ben Schecter made 5 of 7 from the foul line and 5’6 Fr. Chris Marzouca add 5 points and the third period end 48 to 40.
In the fourth period the pressure was kept on and resulted in three consecutive steals for baskets to put the Panthers within two points.
Both teams traded baskets and the game clock was coming to an end as Somerset seemed to be in control.
Pine Crest down two points with 5 seconds left on the clock in-bounded the ball to AJ Sacks who made a half-court shot for what everyone thought was a Pine Crest Victory.
But a Panther player had called time out at half court with just 2 seconds on the clock and the Sacks basket now was disallowed and the score remained 55 to 53 Somerset.
A play was set up and Sacks took the inbound pass and drove to the hoop and scored as the horn sounded to tie the game 55 all.
Four minute Overtime ,Senior Ben Schecter scored 5 points and 6’0 Chandler Cissel hit two key foul shots and 6’9 Fr. Brett Haeffner playing his best game in a brief
varsity career scored a basket and was key off the boards with thirteen rebounds and overall “hustle” for the night.
The back court of the Panthers were pressured all game and especially 5’6 Fr.Chris Marzouca and 6’0 Jr. AJ Sacks who was instrumental in breaking their press.
Sacks-2-3-3/4-15pts.Marzouca-3-1-4/8-13pts. Schecter-1-1-5/9-10pts. Vrankovic-2-0-5/6-9pts.Cissel-1-0-3/5-5pts.Haeffner-2-0-2/5-6pts.litofsky-1-0-1/2-3pts.
Leading Assists-Marzouca and Sacks 6 each
Leading Blocks Vrankovic-3
It was a game that surely could have gone either way and last night it was our turn….
Next up Wednesday against arch rival St Andrews at 6:00 at home..
2013-14 Boys' Varsity Basketball Team
Ike Smith, Karl Nitowski
Trainer: Garrick Edwards
Manager: Max Rubinoff and Jason Meisel
Chandler Cissel - 6'0 (G)
Austin Litofsky - 6'3-(G)
Ben Schecter - 5'10-(G)
Andy Wang - 6'3-(G/F)
Erik Haig - 6'5 (F)
Nick Nolting - 6'6 (F)
AJ Sacks - 6'0-(G)
Antonio Vrankiovic - 6'11-(F/C)
Garrison Bentz -6'4(F)
Cameron Reid - 5'9(G)
Andrew Haeffner - 6'9 (F)
Brett Haeffner - 6'9 (F)
Chris Marzouca - 5'7 (G)
Chandler Pollock - 6'3 (F)