Third quarter of the JV game started out with Brady Kruse making his free throws, being aggressive at the basket, and getting the rebound. A technical was called on one of Barat’s players after a foul, resulting with him being benched. Third quarter ended with a dramatic basket from John Fleer, ending in a fall onto the other team. The score was then 42-34.
Fourth quarter brought harder pressing from the Shamrocks. After a timeout, with four minutes still left in the game, Justin Shockley made two lay-ups back-to-back, resulting in the crowd’s loud and proud appreciation. With a minute fifteen seconds left, the Shamrocks called a time-out. The score was 51-47 at this point. John Fleer was then fouled with 32 seconds left. The game ended with a fight on defense and a score of 58-50.
Later that same night, New Haven’s Varsity Basketball starters against Barat Academy were Kyle Ruediger, Dylan Goodwin, Brandon Carey, Cameron Pritchett, and Jared Horstmann. Barat started strong, however; one of their players scored a 3-pointer right off the bat. Then to catch up a bit, Kyle Ruediger scored the first point of the game. Though this should have been exciting, the crowd stayed silent because of the “silent night” theme, waiting for the tenth point to be made. Small injuries happened, such as a bloody mouth for Barat after a head-butt, Brandon Carey being knocked into the bleachers, and Jared Horstmann getting poked in the eye. Kyle Ruediger made the last basket for the quarter, resulting in the score of 13-14
Second quarter brought out a lot more intense plays from the boys, even some hurtling from Brandon Carey, when he jumped over top of his fallen teammate, Cameron Pritchett. Kyle Ruediger took foul shots after a technical from Barat. With one minute left in the second quarter, Coach Peirick put in Keven McDowell.
A quick tumble by Kyle Ruediger made many cry out in fear that he may have hurt his ankle, which has been a pressing issue. Though it felt like it had just started, the third quarter was over like a flash, and both teams seemed to have been tiring.
The fourth quarter was brought to a tie thanks to Kyle Ruediger’s free throws, bringing the score to 33-33. Though four minutes and twenty-three seconds were left, a lot could change. The crowd sang, “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” to cheer on the boys while Barat called a time-out. With a minute and eight seconds left, Dylan Goodwin brought the score to 38-33 with free throws. Following his lead, Cameron Pritchett sank two foul shots, bringing the Shamrocks up to 40. Barat made a lay-up after Dylan made another shot, which made the score 41-39. With 26 seconds left in the game, Kyle was fouled again and made his two shots. Barat was also fouled and made one shot. Then one of Barat Academy’s players received a second technical, and New Haven’s Andrew Menke did as well. Both players fouled out of the game. Cameron Pritchett was fouled and made his free throw with 16.8 seconds left. Kyle Ruediger then made his foul shots with 7.5 seconds left, bringing the score to 46-40. In the end, the Shamrocks won the game!
-by Tenille Duessler