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2011-01-27 / Sports

Winning Streak not in the Cards, Yet

by Mark Strain


Lexington JV-er, London Jacob, is seen working the Thorndale defense. 
PHOTO BY MARK STRAIN. Lexington JV-er, London Jacob, is seen working the Thorndale defense. PHOTO BY MARK STRAIN. With the JV Boys Basketball team coming off their first win of the season and hosting the newly emerged 2A Thorndale Bulldogs Tuesday evening in the “Old” Gymnasium, hopes were running high to turn the first win into two and as such make it their first winning streak!

With the start of the game, the young Eagles jumped out on top. #30 Marcus hit a free throw and a bucket and #44 Kevin Johnson hit a free throw while holding Thorndale to a single bucket with 4:26 left in the first. If we could have just stopped the game here, Lexington JV would have won 4-2 and secured our win streak. Instead being down 4-2 Thorndale employed an aggressive in bound and full court press that Lexington had no answer for. While #34 London Jacob was able to add 2 more points to the Eagle first period scoring, Thorndale rallied with 16 points ending the first period 18-6 Thorndale.

The second period was more of the same with #24 Cameron Janda scoring his first bucket of the night and Lexington’s only points of the second period, whereas Thorndale slammed the Eagles with 22 more points. The half ended Lexington being down 40-8.

With the start of the third, Cassassa was able to ink two free throws to Thorndale’s 6 more points. So with 3:58 left in the third and a comfortable lead, Thorndale brought out their best weapon of the night for Lexington, “The Mercy Rule”. Thorndale pulled back from the press. Jacob hit two more buckets before the end of the third making the score 51-14 Thorndale.

In the fourth period Cassassa grabbed a nice rebound for 2 more points which ended the Eagles scoring for the night, while Thorndale pushed it up 8 more in the fourth. With about three minutes left in the game, the keeper of the game clock whipped out “Mercy Rule No. 2” and ran the time non-stop. The majority of the fourth period had the Bulldogs passing the ball around the top of the key, not scoring much but causing the Eagles to run left then right then left again.

Thorndale JV pressed hard, passed well and shot efficiently on their way to a final and well deserved victory and a score of 59-16.

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