By Jonathan Mayers Class of 2021 Boys Basketball Beat Writer
Coming off a rivalry victory against AF Brooklyn High School, the Sabers (16-1) continued to build their postseason resume at the Big North Shootout Invitational defeating Archbishop Molloy High School, a widely renowned AA Catholic team from Queens by the score of 63-56. Going into this matchup there had been major speculation about whether a charter school could conquer the challenge of facing AA catholic team. With this win, the Sabers climb to the #7 ranked school in PSAL B Division, led by their #50 state-ranked junior forward Ahzariah Douglas.
The Sabers started the first quarter shaky, allowing Molloy to put up 20 points. But, only down by 4 after the 1st quarter, the Sabers turned on the gasin the second led by Douglas and strong defense, along with the advocacy of the Sabers’ bench. The bench loudly yelled out the tactical defensive strategy to freeze the Molloy Stanners offense and preventing them from entering the paint defended b powerhouse senior center Joel Carty who pulled down 18 of the teams total 47 rebounds. Junior guard Deandre Abrams, added clutch buzzer beater to send the Sabers only down 8 by halftime.
Despite the 8-point deficit, Sabers came with a storm out of the locker room. The Sabers cowed the Molloy Stanners causing them to call several timeouts in the 3rd quarter, junior Doran Williams’ steal, basket and free throw lead to Douglas’ deep corner three, which fueled junior forward Caleb Brown’s ability to attack the paint with ease and make money free throws to quickly put the Molloy Stanners away. Now, down 48-45 the Sabers’ stopwatch rang out and, they knew it was time to put the widely renowned AA team to sleep.
Defense showed out in final quarter of this battle, The class of ‘20 dynamic duo had a pair of essential block to the Sabers defensive successes. Which sparked the great offensive ball movement, lead by Ahzariah Douglas with the classic Saber ‘4 out’ isolation where Douglas shred the Molloy Stanners guards to pieces scoring six points in the late fourth quarter, impressing various scouts in the audience
The Sabers, transition back to their PSAL domination as they face Spring Creek HS at home next Tuesday January 29th, 2019.
Thank You to Big North Shootout Hoops, for allowing our Sabers to showcase their skills and talents!