I told you that this would be a much better game than the January 5th game. The Acalanes and Miramonte Boys Varsity Basketball teams did not disappoint the crowd last night. They played a very entertaining game. It was a back and forth, high scoring contest. Unfortunately, in the end, the Matadors pulled away from the Dons to win by 9 points, 73 – 64.
Through the first quarter, you could sense that this would be a very close game. The Matadors jumped out to a 10 – 4 lead early in the quarter. But the Dons rallied to close their deficit to 2 points, 12 – 10 at the end of one. In the second quarter, both offenses got rolling. The lead changed hands several time. The most memorable lead change came within the final 10 seconds of the quarter. The Matadors Eddie Ionescu drove to the basket and had the ball stolen by Andrew McKendell who sped past everyone for a lay-up with three seconds remaining on the clock. This gave Acalanes a 28-26 lead. Miramonte immediately inbounded the ball to Ionescu in the back court who was three feet behind the half court line. He turned in let a shot fly and it hit nothing but net as the buzzer sounded. It electrified both the Miramonte bench and fans. It also gave Miramonte a 29 – 28 lead at half.
The second half was as entertaining as the first. The third quarter was also free flowing offensively. The Dons scored 17 points while the Matadors dropped-in 18 points. The score after three quarters was Miramonte 47 Dons 45. Again, just as the Dons were about to take a lead into 4th quarter, 45 – 44, Ionescu, nailed a contested three pointer from the top of the key to give the Matadors their 47 – 45 lead. In the 4th quarter, the Dons played well but could not get their shots to fall late in the quarter. Also, Miramonte had too much Ionescu, who dominated the quarter, scoring 14 of the Matadors 26 points in the 4th. The Dons scored 19 points in the 4th but it was obviously not enough to catch the Matadors. The final score of this exciting basketball game was 73 – 64, Miramonte.
The Matadors were led by senior captain, Eddie Ionescu, who scored 32 points, including two buzzer beating three point daggers that proved to be big in the final score. Acalanes threw different defenders on Ionescu, but nobody could really slow him down. He posted-up smaller defenders and shot over every defender. Miramonte also went to the free throw line 31 times in the game and they converted on 22 of them.
Acalanes was led by their captain, Andrew McKendell, who showed why he is the floor general for this Acalanes team. He blew past Matador defenders, used the pick and roll to create havoc for their defense and set-up his teammates for numerous open three point shot attempts and lay-ups. McKendell scored 7 points and dished-out 10 assists. A regular recipient of McKendell’s passes last night was junior sharp shooter, Jessie Marlow, who scored 20 points. Marlow was very efficient from behind the three point line making 4 of his 6 attempts. He also made 6 of his 7 free throw attempts. Acalanes also got a big lift from their other captain, senior forward Alex Kinnear. Kinnear is working himself back from mononucleosis. This was his second game back since being medically cleared to play and it looked like he is getting his strength back. Kinnear was 3 of 4 from behind the three point line and finished with 11 points before fouling out. Getting Kinnear back in the line-up at 100% will be incredibly valuable for the Dons. Ryan Nall had another productive game for Acalanes scoring 10 points and hauling-in 6 rebounds. Even though sophomore forward Robby Rowell had a tough night shooting from the field, he chipped-in 3 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Rowell was also one of the defenders asked to slow down Ionescu. Sophomore guard Aidan McNamara had another solid game for Dons, scoring 9 points, pulling down 4 rebounds, dishing-out 2 assists and playing tough defense.
With the loss, Acalanes falls to 9-12 on the season and 2 -5 in DFAL action. Acalanes will be back in action on Tuesday night February 2nd at Las Lomas where they will try to sweep the season series against the Knights. Please make the short drive into Walnut Creek to support your Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball team. Tip-off will be at 7:00pm
As Always…Go Dons!!!