On Tuesday, November 21st, the New Haven boys basketball team competed against the Belle Tigers. This was the Shamrocks’ first game of the season. They won in overtime 48-45.
The day before the Shamrocks went on Thanksgiving break, the boys played the Tigers. The game was close the entire time. Neither team had a distinct lead-- this game really had everyone on their toes.
The Shamrocks went into overtime and were tied against the Tigers until the last 10 seconds. Junior Martin Lewis made a buzzer-beating, game-winning three-pointer.
When asked about how they played, Martin Lewis stated, “We struggled the first half, but I feel like we came out the second half stronger and set the tone at the first for the second half, which gave us enough to get ahead and stay ahead throughout most of the fourth quarter. But it was a back and forth game most of the way. In overtime I believe our team made a few mistakes but we made more good plays to put us in striking distance for the win.”
Junior Ethan Groner also commented, “I thought we played well, but we really need to raise our field goal percentage and limit our turnovers. If we do that, we will be hard to beat.”
Martin Lewis was also asked how he felt when he made the game-winning shot. He replied with, “When Aiden [Bailey] passed me the ball, I was [going to] swing it to Abe [Madden] until I saw the time and I just shot it. I knew if I missed that there would be another overtime and we would be fine, so that took a lot of pressure off. But when it finally went in… it’s the perfect start to a good season.”
Coach Aaron Peirick also commented, “Obviously Martin Lewis hit the shot of the night at the buzzer in overtime to win it, but we had several guys make big plays for us in order to be in that situation. Ethan Groner and Martin Lewis were great from the free throw line, Aiden Bailey made a big free throw and a big steal late in the game. Trent Kormeier had a few steals, took a charge, and had a big bucket for us. John Fleer was very hard for them to stop late.”
He continued: “Defensively we were okay. I thought Ethan did a great job on Skylar Smith. That guy is a handful. We got some very timely steals and loose balls. We also played without fouling in the second half. We were not good enough help defenders at times and got beat off the dribble too many times, especially early. Offensively we didn't finish possessions often enough; when we were patient, we got the looks we wanted fairly often. That being said, we either couldn't make the pass we needed to or just missed the shot. We have to get better at finishing possessions.”
Coach Peirick went on to say, “I was definitely happy with the way we competed. I think we played really hard. We had guys step up and make plays they had to when they had to. We shot the ball great from the free throw line and were just good enough defensively to get the win. Also, Martin Lewis hit a 30-footer at the end of overtime. That was big.”
Shamrock fans were all in agreement that the boys played a very exciting and entertaining game that night. Congratulations, boys, on the win! Good luck on the rest of the season.