By Jonathan Mayers Class of 2021
The Sabers (21-2) continued their historic PSAL playoff push with a dominant 62-36 win over Jane Addams High School last Sunday. For the first time in school history that the Sabers have advanced to the PSAL B Division Final Four In previous years Jane Addams has defeated the Sabers, but a full presidential term later, the Sabers demolished this team from the Bronx.
The Sabers remained consistent throughout the entire game on both the defensive end, led by the relentless face guarding defense of junior point guard Quavon Daniel, and the offensive end, led by junior guard Ahzariah Douglas’ playoff career high 33 points.
Douglas got the ball rolling with a easy pull up jumper off a finessed inbound pass from junior guard Doran Williams. Despite key defensive stops the Sabers, Jane Addams took the lead in the late 1st quarter and the score was tied at the end of 1 (10-10) The Sabers used this close score as motivation and blew the game open in the 2nd quarter.
Early in the 2nd quarter junior forward and team captain, Caleb Brown snagged his own rebound with a put back to turn on the gears for the Sabers. Douglas continued the onslaught with a layup followed by drawing a foul on a three point attempt (converting 2 of 3 at the line). The Sabers allowed their defense to flourish holding Addams scoreless for the first five minutes of the 2nd quarter while going on a scoring siege of their own capped by Brown ending the first half with a fade-away buzzer beating basket and a 17 point Saber lead (33-17).
This Saber team has fought so hard, in practice, on the court, even when they were down in games to reach to this point, and now the Sabers are two wins away from claiming their destiny and becoming city champions.
The Sabers attempt to make their city hoop title dreams reality facing tomorrow Wednesday March 13th at 6:45 PM against the #4 seed Fannie Lou Hamer of the Bronx in the 4th floor Achievement First Brooklyn HS Gymnasium.