The New Haven boys basketball teams played against St. James on Friday, January 4th. The JV team lost with a final score of 31-50. The Varsity team won with a final score of 71-69 after going into overtime. The theme for the night was Black Out, so fans were prompted to dress out in all black attire for the game.
Mr. Aaron Peirick, boys Varsity basketball coach, was asked about how he thought the game went and he replied, “It was a huge win for us. St. James is a good basketball team. They play hard and play a style that is hard to play against and prepare for. It was a great high school basketball game. The crowd was great; I think we fed off of that too. I'm so proud of our team. Our kids never gave up and kept fighting and kept making plays. We made mistakes and didn't play a perfect game by any means, but we made up for that by playing really hard and making plays when we absolutely had to and also by taking advantage of their mistakes when we got a chance. We had so many guys make so many big plays for us.”
Mr. Peirick continued, “Our bench was great, giving our guys energy and staying engaged all night. It was one of those games that took all 11 guys to win. It’s a big win for us and we hope to build from here. We need to eliminate some mistakes, but if we can bring energy and work that hard every night, we can be a tough out for teams.”
Martin Lewis commented his thoughts on the game, “We looked more like a team out there that night. I ended up fouling out, but we had guys come off the bench ready and made huge plays for us.”
Ethan Groner was asked about his favorite moment at the game, and he replied, “I had too many to choose from, honestly. But, sending the game into overtime and winning the game was awesome.”
Luke Gerlemann’s favorite moment at the game was, “When Ethan hit the game-tying three.”
Good luck to the boys’ basketball teams with the rest of their season.