The Harding game proved a solid challenge for the Tigers, mentally and physically. The shots weren't falling and Harding's speed and ball movement was hard to contain on defense. There were several great plays down the stretch and a 6-0 run brought the Tigers within five points with only a few minutes to go. Unfortunately for us, the momentum was with the Hawks and they came away with the win.
The Tigers traveled to Montgomery Bell Academy on Tuesday night in what would turn out to be the best played game yet. The communication on defense was the key to a strong start of the game, a focus of the team all season. Brendan Hess '27 made a huge block on the backboard and did well to put the ball back up off the rebounds. JD Hauser '27 and Harry Stahl '27 hit a couple of big threes in the game to get team rolling and Jamison Jackson '28 keep the energy of the team high as he controlled the offense at the point. The Tigers hope to keep this level of play as we head into the post season in a couple of weeks.
The varsity game faced a tough and physical Ensworth team but we matched their intensity. We stayed in the game and were tied at halftime, but in the second half we let our foot off the gas. It’s tough to come off a long break, but we played well and fought hard. Jamison Jackson '28 played well, hitting three 3’s. Eli Whelan '28 showed solid effort off the bench helping us make tough plays. Jack Barocas '27 and Brendan Hess '27 led us in rebounds while Harry Stahl '27 and JD Hauser '27 showed excellent leadership.
Tough team loss for our first game. We are all still learning and growing as a team. We had some of our starters get into early foul trouble in the first half. We had some players come off the bench (Jamison Jackson, Tyson Haddox, Eli Whelan, and Cecil Ward) that gave the team a big boost!
JD Hauser had some good shots including a couple nice floaters. Harry Stahl did well on the defensive end and driving in the lane for a couple of layups to help us offensively. Henry Baxter was also making some plays out there, dropping a couple dimes along with hitting a nice jumper. Jack Barocas and Brendan Hess did a good job controlling the boards.
Hopefully we can continue to build on these performances and bring home a win for the next game.