Boys Basketball: Eisenhower denies Reavis a piece of South Suburban Red title
By Pat Disabato firstname.lastname@example.org February 22, 2013 10:20PM
Updated: March 25, 2013 6:31AM
For Reavis to earn a share of the South Suburban Red championship, it needed to beat Eisenhower on Friday night and have Argo upend first-place Richards.
The Argonauts did their part, stunning short-handed Richards 85-75.
Reavis, however, failed to do its part, falling 105-91 in Burbank to an Eisenhower team that finished the regular season 6-17.
The Rams (16-9, 7-6) settled for second place.
“Awful,” was how Reavis coach Jeff Smith described his feeling after learning of what transpired at the Argo-Richards game. “Our boys have battled all year. We’ve had a good season; our seniors are quality individuals who deserve better. I’ve never seen them (Eisenhower) shoot that well this year.”
The Cardinals (4-9) converted 37-of-89 field goals, including 20-of-60 from three-point range.
It was a close game early, with the Cardinals taking a 22-18 lead after one quarter. A basket by Ed Puha, however, gave the Rams a 28-27 advantage early in the second quarter. It would be the last lead of the night for the Rams.
Eisenhower responded with a 14-0 run, highlighted by treys from brothers Vinny Curta (11 points) and Nick Curta (17), and brothers Tyrone Terrell (35) and Damien Terrell (8).
Tyrone Terrell, averaging 29 points per game, started slowly. When he misfired on his fourth straight three-point attempt, the Reavis student section chanted “0-for-4!”
The senior then converted three three-pointers, helping Eisenhower build a 50-31 lead.
“I heard them,” Terrell said of the chanting. “It motivated me. I just had to play through it.”
The closest Reavis would get the rest of the night was nine points.
Kalin Hawkins had 15 points and Calviontaie Washington 12 for Eisenhower. Puha led the Rams with 21 points, while Nick Bal (17 points), Joe O’Hara (16), Abdalrhman Ishtaiah (13) and Yaseen Ghouleh (11) all reached double digits.
Reavis shot the ball fairly well, converting 29-of-49 field-goal attempts and a sizzling 28-of-30 free throws. But turnovers and a lack of rebounding proved costly.
“And they shot the ball well,” Smith said. “Put all three together and it’s a recipe for disaster.”