Sabers defeat Panthers for second time this season
By Jonathan Mayers class of 2021
Last night, the UCHS Sabers hosted part two of the inter-building rivalry between UCHS and the Achievement First Panthers. Led by five clutch free throws in the 4th quarter by junior forward Caleb Brown, the Sabers (9-1) were able to defeat the Panthers once again by the score of 40-36 to let them know ‘this is our house.’
Early in the first quarter, the offense laid a foundation for the Sabers’ success as they cruised to an 8-0 run, sparked by a pair of knockdown threes from junior guard Quavon Daniel, who was returning to game action after being sidelined with an ankle injury for the past month.
Defense was the key to the Sabers’ success In the second quarter as Brown, Daniel, and junior Doran Williams, all played aggressively. Brown led the way with a chase down block, while Daniel and Williams both had key steals forcing turnovers. Additionally, senior Joel Carty added to the team’s defensive battle by seizing tough rebounds on the defensive side of the floor to stop the Panthers from scoring second chance points.
In the second half, tempers sparked as both teams had disputes over a jump ball, but as the clamorous Panther bench stormed the court, the Sabers’ trademark “ATTITUDE” kept their mind calm, composed, and strictly focused on winning the game.
With five minutes left in the 3rd Quarter, the Panthers had the Sabers’ number, as AF senior guard Shawn Cabral hit a tough jumper to put the Panthers down only six points (26-20).
However, entering the last quarter of the game, the Sabers marked their territory at 1485 Pacific Street, as they didn’t let the Panthers have their number for long. Junior forward Ahzariah Douglas continued to attack the rim scoring a pair of buckets in the final quarter. Douglas scored four of his 15 points in the game in the 4th quarter, and showed his clutch gene putting the Sabers up three with 1:26 left in the game. As the Panthers attempted to make a heroic comeback in the 4th quarter, Saber team captain Caleb Brown put the finishing touches on the close win with five ‘ice in his veins’ free throws handing the Panthers their second loss of the season with a 40-36 win.
The Sabers are in the midst of a three game homestand as they face Chelsea High School Saturday at 2 PM, The School for Classics next Monday December 14th @ 4:30 PM. Come out and support the Sabers as they seek a number one seed in the PSAL Tournament.