By Sports Editor Jonathan Mayers
Coming off a 2-0 Thanksgiving weekend at the Canarsie High School Jamboree Classic, the Sabers powered through a slow first half start and finished yesterday’s game against the Teachers Prep Eagles with a final score of 59-46.
Senior guard Doran Williams opened up the game with a strong attack to the rim to get the Sabers off to a hot start. That momentum from Doran highlighted the defensive end as well which led to a clutch right corner 3-pointer from senior guard Quavon Daniel, sparking a clamorous roar from the bleachers full of Saber students and staff.
But, the Sabers allowed themselves to reserve energy with lackluster defense allowing the Teachers’ Prep eagles to go on a 5-0 run proceeding a timeout by head Coach Andrew Wright. Coach Wright alerted the Sabers of their poor play and echoed that Sabers needed to display attitude and control the tempo of the game. The Sabers took heed to those words, especially senior center Aljay Lawes. Lawes made his varsity debut count with an easy basket coming out of the timeout. Lawes’ strong basket allowed his teammates to control the game and get back in their groove. Senior guard Deandre Abrams showed attitude trying to get sabers back into their rhythm with great attacks to the paint, drawing contact sinking 2/2 at the free throw line.
Although the Sabers struggled getting back into the championship mode, Sophomore guard Silverio Veras, who is preparing for his JV playoffs this week, displayed varsity potential drilling 2/2 from the line and playing great defense by drawing charges to aid the Sabers in the first half. Senior forward Justin Phillips added to Veras’ fuel finishing the half with a tough layup, as the Sabers closed the 2nd Quarter with a 24-18 lead.
The Sabers didn’t show up with the playoff caliber mentality the team displayed just under a year ago, allowing the Eagles to keep pace. So leadership had to proliferate the rest of the way for the Sabers to close out the game. Despite a rough start, senior guard Ahzariah Douglas got the ball rolling in the 3rd with a punishing slam dunk off of a two footed vertical jump and drilling 2/2 at the charity stripe. Douglas, Daniel, Abrams, and fellow senior Shannon Maxwell helped the Sabers close out with a final score of 59-46.
The Sabers look to get back in their groove displaying attitude when they take a trip to School of the Classics Tuesday December 3rd at 4:30pm