Acalanes Varsity Basketball Starts Season with Win over Foothill

The Dons opened the season against the Foothill Falcons Tuesday night for the program’s first game under new head coach Bill Powers. The team showed a lot of heart, collecting most of the loose balls, fighting for rebounds, and showing a deep rotation. A driving layup from junior Jack Bayless and 3 straight triples from senior Noah Bloch got the Dons out to an 11-0 run. Junior Jake Davis hit 2 baseline jumpers to stretch the lead to 17-5 as the squad played some stifling defense. A nice dish from sophomore Jordan Brown to junior Colin Norstad finished the scoring for the quarter and Acalanes led 19-10.

Senior Tate Nelson got his first bucket of the season on a drive to open the second quarter scoring. After a stop, junior Zubin Acuna pushed the lead back to 12 with a 3 from the corner. Tate added 2 FT on a 1 and 1 for the teams first of the season. The half ended on a spectacular buzzer beater from junior Theo Stoll to give the Dons a 32-20 lead at half.  Overall for the half the Dons showed great effort on D throughout the rotation and hit a nice 3pt percentage.

Noah started the second half scoring with a nice pull up in the lane and Jack pushed the lead to 13 with a FT after a drive. Junior Justin Zegarowski came in to replace Jake after he picked up his third foul and contributed immediately with a sweet lefty layup. Foothill ground back into the game, but freshman Brady Quinn ended the third quarter with another buzzer beater 3 to give the Dons a 46-39 lead going into the final quarter.

Brady made it 5 straight points to start off Q4 with 2 FT after collecting his own rebound. Noah added 2 FT to maintain a 9 point lead and the Dons forced an over and back and added a layup from Jack to get it back to 11 before quickly giving up a 3 and a 2 with Foothill cutting the lead to 6 and forcing an Acalanes timeout. Jake answered a Foothill bucket with an assist from Bayless and Foothill again countered with a 3. Noah continued his strong FT shooting with 2 more to get the lead to 5 with 3 min to play. Jake hit 2 FT off an offensive rebound for a 7pt lead but once again Foothill hit a 3 to stay in contention. Jake pulled down another huge offensive board and hit Jack for a cutting layup to give the Dons the 6 point lead with 50 seconds left. Foothill got a quick 2 and with the shot clock off were forced to foul. Theo hit 1 of 2 for the 5 point lead, Jake shut down the next drive and and Theo sealed it from the line with 2 more FT for the 7 point win. A good 63-56 start to the new season!