The Cushing Varsity Boys’ Basketball team played their second of two games in Toronto, Canada on Sunday morning against Bill Crothers School. Cushing entered the early morning game with a long bus ride looming and facing a team in Bill Crothers who was playing on their home court. To say the Penguins had quite a task in front of them was an understatement.
The first half of action saw the Penguins allow 40 points in a fast paced back-and-forth game where minimal defense played by either team. Despite this, the Penguins would go into the locker room with a 1-point halftime lead. Leading the way in the first half offensively were Daniel Braster (14 points) and Alexis Reyes (21 points), both giving the team some much needed energy at various moments in the game.
In the second half, the Penguins found themselves in severe foul trouble with 3 of the starting five getting their fourth foul in the 3rd quarter. Fortunately for the Penguins, they used their depth off the bench to stay in the game with Clay Bolster (2 points), Jaden Bobbett (4 points), Coby Gold (8 points), and Jonathan Guerrier. This depth not only kept the game close, but closed the gap and allowed the Penguins to enter the fourth quarter tied against the home team.
The fourth quarter would see the game go back-and-forth where neither team took more than a 5 point lead in the closing 10 minute period. The remaining starters, Malachi Ndur (8 points/6 rebounds), Bensley Joseph (21 points), and Isaiah Gray (6 points) all stood their ground in the final minutes to create turnovers and stops without picking up fouls. With 30 seconds left in a tie game, Gray was fouled on a jumpshot and converted the two free throws to take a two point lead. On the defensive end, the Penguins gave up a layup and a foul. Bill Crothers would convert the free throw to take a one point lead and the Penguins would be given one last opportunity to win the game. On the final play of the game, Joseph drove past his defender and get to the left side of the glass, unfortunately the ball would be just too high off the glass and come off the rim. The Penguins tried to scramble for the offensive rebound, but by the time the ball fell into the opposition's hands the final horn had sounded sending the Cushing team home with an 83-82 loss.
The Penguins will open their home slate this coming Wednesday, November 20th when they welcome Bradford Christian Academy into the Watkins Field House for a 3:00pm tip-off.
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