Boy’s Basketball Edge’s Cristo Rey 48-42
Friday, January 27, 2017
Gabriel Richard Catholic High School
The Pioneers would welcome in CHSL opponent Detroit Cristo Rey on Friday night. The last time these teams met was in the league opener with Gabriel Richard coming out on top by the final score of 57-40. However, GR knew coming into the game, that this was not going to be the same Wolves team.
“When you play the second time around, teams know what it looks like and the coaches can prepare from their previous game.” Head Coach, Kris Daiek said. “We knew they where going to have a different game plan for us and we just had to focus on what we do instead of worrying about what they do.” Daiek added.
In front of a packed house, celebrating senior night, the Pioneers would open up the first quarter with a 15-8 advantage behind the 10 points from Tim Augustyniak. The senior, knocked down a 3 pointer and two 2 pointers and 3 freethrows. Senior, Anthony Brown would wow the fans with spectacular assists as he assisted on 3 of Augustyniak’s shots. The Wolves would be paced by Dan Worthy’s two 3 pointers.
“We wanted to get out early on them and we did just that.” Coach Daiek added. “Our defense played well and that transitioned to scoring opportunities.” Daiek added.
In the second, the offense’s would come to a screeching halt as both teams couldn’t find the mark. Junior, Eric Wigginton would knock down a three and Sophomore, Deshon Elam would drop in a bucket. The Pioneer defense would contain the Wolves offense, holding them to just 7 points as the halftime score 20-15. Richard would also go 0-4 from the charity stripe in the quarter.
“We had some looks at the basket and they didn’t fall.” Coach Daiek said. “I give them credit they fought hard in there and didn’t give up.”
At the half the Gabriel Richard community thanked the Senior’s as they recieved a standing ovation. Seniors, Jack Lemieux, Zach Loewengruber, Tim Augustyniak, Yuri Alonte and Anthony Brown.
“Those are some special kids.” Coach Daiek said. “It was pretty awesome to see them all sanding there.” Daiek added.
In the third, the Wolves scored at will. Knocking down everything and eventually taking the lead. Jaylen Woodley scored 8 of his team high 11 points in the quarter. At the four minute mark, Cristo Rey would take the lead on a Woodley bucket. The Wolves would lead by as many as 8 points when Anthony Brown would end the run with a huge three pointer in the quarter. At the end of the quarter, the Pioneers would be down 6 points heading into the final quarter.
“They knocked down a ton of shots…I think we where a little shell shocked by it.” Coach Daiek said. “We where on our heals a little bit. But you can’t panic.”
In the fourth, GR would storm back. The defense would shut down the Wolves only allowing 1 basket and just 6 points behind Senior, Yuri Alonte’s 2 charges in the game.
“Those where game changers.” Daiek said. “You wanna talk about some big plays that don’t find the papers…that was it.” Caoch Daiek said.
Richard would explode offensively behind the play making abilities of their Senior Anthony Brown. With just under four minutes to go, Brown would find Augustyniak under the basket for a bucket and then find Sophomore, Garrett Balazsi on back to back plays for a 3 pointers and another spectacular pass underneath that brought the packed crowd to their feet and a Cristo Rey timeout. The play would electrify the team heading into the final minutes.
“He got special there.” Daiek said of his four year starter. “He took the game over and not with his scoring but his creating shots.” Coach Daiek continued. “He finds players that not many can see.”
In the final two minutes, GR would win the game defensively with stop after stop. Junior, Tajh McGee would block two shots in the quarter and haul down 5 rebounds. Both Wigginton and Augustyniak would grab key rebounds in the final minutes to help secure the victory.
Gabriel Richard was led by Tim Augustyniak’s 16 points and a career high 15 rebounds. Junior, Eric Wigginton would score 9 points and haul down 8 rebounds. Anthony Brown would score 5 points and have a career high 12 assists, 6 rebounds and 3 steals. Yuri Alonte, Garrett Balazsi and Deshon Elam scored 5 points a piece.
“That was a character win.” Daiek said. “Proud of the way our kids responded and proud of our team and seniors.”
GR moves to 11-0 and 6-0 in the league and will travel to Austin Academy on Tuesday (6pm) and then travel to Jewish Academy on Thursday (5:30pm).