GFA roundup: Boys basketball falls to Masters in double overtime
Updated 12:50 pm, Thursday, January 22, 2015
Last Tuesday was a renewal of the rivalry between last year's FAA regular season co-champions: GFA and the Masters School. They faced each other three times last season, and in all three games the lead changed hands at least once on the final minute of play, including the FAA tournament finals where Masters prevailed 61-56. This meeting was no different, as the two teams went into double over for their first 2015 meeting. Masters again came out on top, 74-70.
The game also featured big momentum swings. Masters lead by as much as 11 points late in the first half. By the time the game entered the fourth quarter, GFA had surged to an 11 point lead. Masters then rallied back and tied the game at 60 with 44 seconds remaining. A very long buzzer-beater attempt by GFA senior Jim Djema rattled out.
The team traded seven points each in the first overtime. In the second overtime, fatigue and defensive familiarity virtually stopped both teams from scoring. Masters grabbed a foul and made both baskets, and took the lead.
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The Dragons produced three double-doubles. Djema scored 22 points and had 10 assists. Senior Zach Baines had 20 points and 16 rebounds. Sophomore Sunday Okeke had 10 points and 15 rebounds.
The Dragons get a rematch with Rye Country Day on Jan. 23.
The Dragons won their only game of the week, as they defeated Christian Heritage School Kingsmen 28-18 in a defensive battle. The Kingsmen started out the game with a quick 5-0 lead, but the Dragons were able to find senior captain Claire Comey (Westport) for two long range back-to-back buckets, which gave the team its momentum back. From there, it was all defense for the Dragons. Senior Captain Campbell Goldsmith and sophomore Barbara Duncan paced the defensive intensity, finishing the game with more than 12 combined steals and making it impossible for the opponent to find any offensive consistency.
To start the second half, GFA had a one-point lead, which was quickly extended due to great inside passing to sophomore Olivia Sullivan. Sullivan finished the game with a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds with her teammates combining for numerous assists on all of her baskets.
GFA competed against Fairfield last Wednesday. It was a tough competition and GFA's girls lost overall 14-4. Junior Captain Taiylor Nunn was undefeated for the day, beating each of her opponents 5-0. Junior Maggie Boudreau won her last bout 5-4 and lost in two other very close bouts 5-4. The boys team lost 14-4 with Junior Alex McKenna wining his bout 5-0. The two teams will face each other again later in the season.
The Dragons turned in another dominant performance at home competing against Marianapolis Preparatory School, Choate and the Pomfret School. The Dragons lost only three matches on the day. They defeated Marianapolis by a score of 71-0, Choate 71-6 and Pomfret 66-6.
GFA fell 7-0 Rye Country Day School last Wednesday. The team was excited to have co-captain junior Jack Mackle back on the lineup for the first time this year. Mackle had a tough three-game battle, ending in defeat: 11-8, 11-9, 11-8. Freshman Duda Voldman continued his consistent play this season as he was able to take his opponent into overtime on one of his games. Voldman was narrowly defeated in three games with the scores of 11-9, 14-12, 11-3.
The Dragons rebounded to defeat King 4-3. Senior Alexander Williams (11-9, 11-6, 11-9), junior Anders Bottger (6-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-8), and sophomore Robert Marcus (11-3, 11-2, 11-6) all made their debut on the lineup and were victorious. Freshman Alexander Necakov sealed the win 11-5, 11-8, 11-8.
The Dragons came away with a 4-3 win over Holy Child. After winning the first three matches, the Dragons dropped the next matches making it 3-3. The last match came down to freshman Carolina Conzelman. After being down 2-1 in games, Conzelman won the next two games securing the win for the team.