2A Men Semi's Recap.

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2A Semi-Final: Bourgade Catholic vs. Valley Christian
Valley Christian Uses Strong Second Half to Beat BCHS
Friday, Feb 21 - AWA - The game started promptly at 10:00am with a good number of fans skipping class from both schools to come watch the game.  Being played at AWA, it will be the biggest venue that a lot of the guys will get to play at, so excitement filled the air as the game began to progress.
Tim Kruge started off the game with style, dominating downlow and getting 6 quick points.  Valley Christian jumped out to a fast, 8-3 lead.  The Golden Eagles came storming back behind Rabbanni FurQaan who had 8 first quarter points.  The lead was cut to 10-9 VC on a FurQaan free throw and Quinton Bellamy gave BCHS the lead on a layup off a steal.  Kruge responded inside, but BCHS' junior guard Stephen Villa put Bourgade right back in the lead, 13-12.  After VC hit a three to make it 15-13, FurQaan tied it up at 15.  Nearing the end of the first quarter VC's Brian Botma nailed a trey to make it 18-15, VC.  Bourgade's Joe Pena hit an off balance shot near the end of the first to make it 18-17.  The first quarter ended with Valley Christian one point ahead of Bourgade Catholic, 18-17.  Tim Kruge had 8 points for VC in the first and Rabbanni FurQaan had 8 for Bourgade.
Andrew Majesty got things started for VC in the second connecting on a field goal.  Bourgade would respond and take the lead 21-20 for a short time in the second quarter.  Andrew Majesty hit a layup and drew the foul, but couldn't convert on his free throw and VC was back in front 22-21.  Majesty, the 6'4" senior forward, took control from there.  He hit another field goal to make it 24-21 and ended the 1st half as VC's leading scorer with 10.  The first half ended and Valley Christian was still in the lead, 28-23.  Majesty had 10, Kruge was held scoreless in the 2nd and remained with 8 for VC.  FurQaan had 10 for BCHS and Santana had 4 at the break.  VC showed terrific ball movement throughout the 2nd quarter.
Rabbanni FurQaan started BCHS off on a good foot to begin the 3rd quarter.  FurQaan hit a two to bring Bourgade within 3 points, but VC's Paul Hardiman responded by hitting a three to make it 31-25, VC.  Valley Christian began to take control from then on.  After a Stephen Villa field goal made it 31-27, Valley scored 8 unanswered points to go up 39-27 with under 5 remaining in the third.  FurQaan and the Golden Eagles tried to battle back, but Kruge and Majesty were too much to handle.  VC increased their lead to 17 points with time still left in the third.  Bourgade was able to cut it to 12 on Quinton Bellamy's 1 of 2 free throws with 7 tenths of a second on the clock.  At the end of the third it was Valley Christian in front, 52-40.  Kruge had 18 through the third for VC and FurQaan had 16 for BCHS.
Bourgade cut it to an 11 point lead to start the fourth, but that is as close as they would get for the rest of the game.  VC's 6'8" senior center, Tim Kruge, threw down a dunk with around 6:00 left in the fourth to put an exclamation point on VC's 15 point lead at the time.  Bellamy, FurQaan, Santana, and the rest of the Bourgade offense tried and tried to get back into it, but no one could stop Tim Kruge or the 3-point shooting of Paul Hardiman and Tyler Liston.  With under 2:00 remaining, VC was up 67-50.  They would cruise to a 71-55 victory and a berth in the 2A Boys' Basketball State Championship game tomorrow.  Congratulations to the Bourgade Golden Eagles, a lot of people were surprised to see them go to the semis, conversely, a lot of people knew that kind of talent they have and that they are able to beat the best on any given day, today was just not that day.
VC                    18          10         24          19         71
Bourgade         17           6          17          15         55
VC's Big 3 - Tim Kruge - 25 pts, dominant under the basket as usual - Andrew Majesty - 19 pts, great inside drives and shot well from the line - Paul Hardiman - 6 pts, hit threes when it counted. 
Bourgade's Big 3 - Rabbanni FurQaan - 19 pts, great all around game from this 6'1" junior forward - Quinton Bellamy - 9 pts, would have liked to go out with a win, nice game from this senior guard - Tony Santana - 11 pts, (see Bellamy) --- three point touch wasn't on today.


2A Semi-Final Game Two

Thatcher Outplays Desert Christian, Earns Trip to Championship

Friday, Feb. 21st - AWA - There were quite a few fans at this 1:30pm game between Thatcher and Desert Christian.  The winner will play Valley Christian on Saturday at 4pm.

Thatcher started out the game on a tear, scoring the first 7 points to take a 7-0 lead.  It took Desert Christian 4:23 to get on the board.  They finally did on a field goal by Adam Parker.  Desert Christian found themselves having to crawl back into the game very early in its development, but they were able to and brought it back to a 4 point game on a Calvin Paradise field goal that made it 11-7, Thatcher.  That is how the first quarter ended.  Leon Johnson had 4 first quarter points for Thatcher and it appeared that Desert Christian was in for a long afternoon.

Thatcher's Rob Carter started the 2nd quarter off with a 3-pointer to make it 14-7.  Desert Christian crawled right back in behind a J.J. Palmer free throw and a Alex Jansen 3-pointer to make it 14-11.  DC's Will Perkins connected down low to make it a one point game, 14-13, Thatcher.  Richard Ruiz nailed his 3rd three-pointer of the night to make it 17-13.  It became 22-13 after 8 unanswered points by the Thatcher Eagles.  Thatcher's Brigham Stevens hit an off balance three at the halftime buzzer to make it 11 unanswered and a 25-13 Thatcher lead at the half.  Three-point guru Richard Ruiz had 9 points at the half, all off threes, for Thatcher. 

Adam Parker started the third off with a 3-pointer for Desert Christian.  They would crawl their way back into the game, yet again.  Desert Christian closed the gap and made it a 6 point game (33-27 THS) on an Adam Parker field goal.  A sloppily played third quarter ended that way...33-27, Thatcher.

Desert Christian was on a fouling rampage and Thatcher went into the bonus with 7:09 left in the game.  They were able to build their lead back up to 11 (43-32) behind 6'2" senior forward Nick Elkins' shooting.  Desert Christian once again climbed back within 6 points (44-38) on a shot by 6'7" senior center Ryan Stamsby.  Thatcher made it a 10 point lead again behind Ruiz and Leon Johnson.  Desert Christian's Alex Jansen was called for a personal foul and then a technical foul with 1:10 remaining.  Thatcher hit 3 of 4 free throws (personal and tech free throws) and had a 50-38 lead.  The game was stopped again after DC's Adam Parker was hit in the face and was bleeding all over the place...quite disgusting.  No foul was called and after about a 5 minute delay, game on.  Thatcher's Matt Smith hit 2 free throws to put the icing on the cake and the game was over.  Thatcher wins 53-38 and they get to face VC on Saturday.

DC                7         6        14        11           38 

Thatcher      11      14         8         20           53

DC's Big 3 - Will Perkins - 10 pts, played tough, good game down low - Adam Parker - 9 pts, left game with 1:00 left - - may have broken nose. - Ryan Stamsby - 7 pts, not the way he wanted to end his high school career.

Thatcher's Big 3 - Richard Ruiz - 16 pts, this kid can shoot the lights out, but he also distributes the ball well. - Leon Johnson - great moves to the basket, well rounded inside game for a guy that's only 6'1" -  Tony Scroggins - 6 pts, big guy, tough "D", great inside game - 

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