B-ball thrashes Warriors; wins conference
by Dan White
With the showdown between Maine South and Maine West last Friday night in the capacity filled Warrior gym, two things became evident. If South could manage a victory they would clinch a Conference Championship in the Central League South Division; or if the Warriors came out on top, South would have to settle for sharing first with West.
Being hungry for sole possession of first place in the Conference, the Hawks didn't exactly eat up their Warrior opponents, but they did manage a 61-53 victory, boosting their Conference record to 11-0. This was also the tenth straight victory for the Hawk netmen.
Seeing Maine West's first half shooting percentages, it's a wonder how the West Warriors managed to go to their locker room with a half-time score of 24-24.
West managed to get 11 more shots than South in the first half. Their atrocious 28 percent shooting average compared to the Hawk's mediocre 40 percent was the key reasons that the Warriors weren't way ahead of the Hawks by half-time.
"West got a lot more shots than we did because we kept turning over the ball," said Dave Areen.
West Senior Tim Logisz' fluky shots put up from just about everywhere weren't exactly tearing the net apart or helping Maine West. Logisz connected with two of 11 shots from the 20 to 30 foot range in the first half of the game. Overall, he had 17 points and shot 7 for 28 from the field.
In the third quarter action, the biggest lead either team had was only a mere 2 points. However, in the fourth quarter, South began putting the pressure on. With two key jump balls by Jeff Baker, the Hawks opened up a five point lead at 5:30. Sharpshooter Kirk Meyer's parking lot shot gave the Hawks a 50-42 lead with just over two minutes remaining.