Campolindo vs James Logan – 12th Annual NorCal Tip Off Classic
Posted November 29, 2018 by Alforde Joaquin in
by: Pranav Iyer
James Logan and Campolindo featured a battle of two very evenly matched teams. The Colts were led by veteran senior leadership while the Cougars had several young up-and-coming stars, including freshmen and junior Division I prospects Aidan and Carter Mahaney. The entire game was a back and forth battle, with neither team jumping out to any huge leads. After numerous lead changes, the first half ended deadlocked at 36.
“They brought a little energy,” James Logan’s Brett Thompson said. “We just had to bring it more. We went into the locker room at halftime, we had to get our stuff together, pick it up, play harder.”
Campolindo’s David Ahazie came out of the break hot scoring the first seven points with a face up jumper, slashing layup and three pointer. Down 48-42, Brah’jon Thompson drew a charge for the Colts that set a fire in the team and propelled them on a 9-0 run capped off by an and-on bucket with 2.3 seconds left in the third by Thompson. But in the blink of an eye, the game was back to even following a buzzer-beating three by Aidan Mahaney that was released from the opposite three point line.
To begin the fourth, James Logan went on a 9-2 run led by the Brett Thompson. They were immediately answered back by a 9-0 run from the Cougars, with five of those points accounted for by Carter Mahaney. Down by two, Gabriel Hawkins of James Logan hit a clutch three. But once again, it was Carter Mahaney who converted when his team needed it the most and knocked down a jumper with 1:02 remaining to regain the lead for Campolindo. With time winding down, Brett Thompson bucketed a free-throw line pull-up and Brah’jon Thompson sealed the victory with a steal and finish at the rack to seal the deal. James Logan emerged victorious 69-64.
There were several high scorers for both teams, including Carter Mahaney who finished with a game high 22 and the Hawkins who dropped 20. But it was Brett Thompson who brought the intensity throughout the game on both ends of the court. He played tenacious defense on whoever attempted to bring the ball down the court and pushed the ball to the rack ferociously on each possession, whether it be off of a steal or a made basket. He finished the game with 20 points, five rebounds, three steals and as a result, was awarded player of the game.
“We won but I feel like we could have way played way better,” Brett Thompson said. “We just got to get back in the lab, start grinding more and work harder.”
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