Friday, February 21, 2014

2014 H.S. Basketball Playoffs: Wall vs. Alpine Boys Bi-District Game

In a shift from shooting rodeo performances, here's a little high school playoff action for you. I headed north to Big Spring last Monday with sports reporter Charles Bryce to cover the Wall High School boys team play Alpine in a Class 2A bi-district game at Howard College. I'd not covered too many Wall games over the course of the regular season so I was going in blind as far as knowing just how good Wall was going to be. The boys got off to a late start for their basketball season because the football team was making a deep run in the playoffs which bleeds into the basketball season. And if you grew up in a small town then you know that most of the kids involved in sports play in just about every sport the school has to offer. Their record going into Monday night's game was 14-0 so they couldn't be all that bad.

Once the game started it was pretty clear that Wall was the dominate team. Within the first minute of the first quarter Wall led 8-0 and never looked back. Wall has a suffocating full-court press that causes teams to make mistakes.  The Hawks led 41-19 at the half. After a lackluster third quarter in which they only scored 10 points, the Hawks answered back with a 22-point fourth quarter to seal the 75-44 win. Senior Tre Chitsey led the Hawks with 23 points despite an injured thumb on his non-shooting hand. Brady Clark added eight points, and Brent Matschek, Jacob Reid and Lane Braden all scored seven.

There wasn't a lot drama involved with the game other than the fact that some of the Wall players got into some foul trouble, but other than that it was pretty cut and dry. Wall advances to take on Eastland in the next round of the playoffs.

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