HOLY FAMILY 61 – DERRYFIELD 55
Playing what Coach Meade deemed “our best defense of the year” In the fourth quarter of their rematch with Holy Family, the Cougars nonetheless fell to the more experienced and much taller Griffins by a mere six points. The game featured a number of momentum swings. Every time the Griffins increased their lead to double digits, the Cougars pulled back within striking distance. Every time the Cougars pulled within striking distance, the Griffins pulled away.
Jack Krasnof scored from the foul line to open the game. Later Thomas Ferdinando netted a 3-pointer from the left wing. And Jaxon Snyder’s jumper popped Derryfield ahead 7-6 in the middle of the first quarter. But while the Griffins were adding 9 points to the GUEST side of the scoreboard, only Kaven Fitch’s 3-pointer changed the numbers on the HOME side, and Holy Family led 15-10 at the end of the period.
Janai Cruz passed to Jack who scored again from the foul line to open the second quarter, but then the Griffins ran off 8 unanswered points. John McDevitt swished a deuce from the left baseline, and Kaven grabbed an offensive rebound and passed to Jack inside for a hoop, but the visitors took a 25-16 lead into the halftime break.
And they built it to 33-16 with an 8-point run to open the third quarter. So, it was Derryfield’s turn. Coach Meade called a timeout, made an offensive adjustment and called for a little more defensive intensity. The Cougars proceeded to go on a 13-4 run. Jaxon started it with a 3-pointer. Jack hit one of two foul shots. John scored inside. Charles Renvyle grabbed a loose ball on defense, dribbled three-quarter-court and scored. Jack scored another mid-range hoop, and Thomas dropped another trey. Holy Family’s lead was cut to 37-29.
Yup. The Griffins responded with a 7-point run before John beat the buzzer with another trey.
Trailing 44-32, Derryfield tightened up on defense, and found the range from outside the arc. “I really liked the tenacity of our defense,” noted Coach Meade, “and we were actually able to impose our will in the fourth quarter.”
Thomas scored twice from 3-point land, and Kaven and John each hit once. The Griffins stayed ahead using their height advantage on the offensive boards. But when Charles scored with an offensive rebound with 0:48 on the clock, Holy Family’s lead had been cut to 59-55. So, the Griffins spread the floor, passed the ball around, ran the clock down and hit a pair of foul shots to seal their win.
Coach Meade was pleased by the balanced scoring evidenced by Thomas’s 14 followed by Jack and John with 11 each. Jaxon added 9. Kaven and Charles chipped in 6 from the outside and 4 from inside respectively.