Falcon Report: Early Highlights
Adam Marcia shares two highlights marking the start of our winter athletic season:
Game of the week: JV Boys Basketball on 12/8
Last Friday, the JV Boys Basketball team took on the formidable Mizzentop Varsity team in a thrilling match up at home. This was the team’s first game ever playing in the Morehead Athletic Center, and the home-court advantage paid off. Down a few players due to injury, IMS came together as a team and fought hard for their second win of the season. The coaches, Ashaad Tillman and Frank Sorrentino, had instilled a sense of focus and determination in their players, readying them for the challenge ahead.
The first half was an exciting battle with IMS and Mizzentop going back and forth exchanging buckets. Jaxon made his presence known by making a long three from the arc. Theo was a play-making machine, blitzing through defenders to make 4 lay-ups in the first quarter alone. Bright was able to create some space and knock a jump shot to keep the lead for the Falcons. The score at half was 21-15, IMS.
IMS and Mizzentop kept the same intensity and pace going into the second half. Players like Reece kept the offensive momentum going with quickness and shooting. All game, Josiah was a problem for the opposing team, grabbing any rebound he could and even getting 6 steals by the end of the game. The final score was 35-30, IMS. It was one of the most exciting match ups we’ve had yet. What a way to start the season at home for the JV Boys Basketball team!
Player of the Week: Sergio Reyes Nepomuceno
Last Friday, Sergio played in a wild 5-game match in the Varsity Squash match @ Albany Academy. To start, many of the opposing players were much older and more experienced. Despite being younger, the highly motivated and capable IMS team was up for the challenge. Sergio was ready when it came down to him to play in the deciding match against an opponent that was ranked higher than he was.
Sergio and his opponent went back and forth in a 5-game series, with especially long rallies between the two. Sergio stayed composed in these long games, and resorted to the fundamentals to help pull out the win. He lost the first game 4-11, came back strong with a win 11-8 in the next, lost, then won, and finally closed the fifth game out with an 11-9 victory. Sergio was able to maintain possession of the T, which gave him the upper hand in many of the rallies. It was truly a commendable performance. Congratulations to Sergio for his hard-earned win last week, and best of luck to him in his upcoming matches.