On Monday, Jan. 30, the Braves (18-6) played the Cypress Creek Bears (12-10) at Cypress Creek and came out on top, 68-53.

To start the game, senior Patrik Lubin and a Cypress Creek player went head-to-head during tip off. The Bears ended up with possession of the ball. Then a Bear fouled senior Justin Butler, who then made the first basket of the night, 1-0. Later in the quarter, junior Sean Halloran assisted in a layup that Lubin made 3-0. Throughout the game senior Zachary Morales had consistent baskets. Morales made the first three pointer of the night making it 8-1. Senior Angel Gonzalez made the last basket and three pointer of the first quarter for Boone, 13-9. At the end of the first quarter, the boys had a small lead 13-11.

Right off the bat, junior Carver Reeves got fouled, made one of the free throws and the first point of the second quarter. After Cypress lost possession of the ball, Gonzalez missed a shot and Morales received the rebound and made a jump shot bringing it to 24-14. Then Morales proceeded to pass the ball to Gonzalez, who then shot a three pointer, 27-16. The Braves kept a steady lead of 27-18 at the end of the first half.

During the third quarter, Lubin made the first layup of the second half, 29-20.  Morales dominated the court with his baskets during this quarter. He made three baskets in a row which brought the score to 37-22. Later in the quarter, Cypress Creek fouled Butler, but he did not make his free throws. The quarter ended with the boys in the lead by 16 points, 43-27.

In the final quarter, Da Kevias Bracy made in total eight points from jump shots. Bracy got Gonzalez’s rebound and made a jump shot, 47-29. Coach David Martinson subbed in sophomore Matthew Sokol for junior Joseph Ketchum. Sokol assisted senior Tylandis Bennett  in a jump shot, 60-44. After a Cypress Creek throw in, Bennett received possession of the ball, made a fast break down the court and dunked the ball into the basket, 62-45. Senior De’Angelo Muff got fouled on and made the last two baskets of the night, ending the game with a 68-53 win.

Come out and support the Braves as they take on the Oak Ridge Pioneers (18-4) on the Reservation on Thursday Feb. 2, at 7 p.m.

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