ANDREWS- The Andrews boys basketball varsity team came close but could not close the gap at home as the Carvers Bay Bears took the win 58-54 on Feb 7.
“This is a hard place to play, it’s a rivalry game,” Carvers Bay boys basketball coach Jeff Mezzatesta said.
Coach Mezzatesta spoke highly of Rodney Giles Sr., Andrews basketball coach, and his leadership as the Yellow Jackets were a tough team for them to handle.
“[He] does an amazing job with his kids. You knew they weren’t going to quit and they are a really good team,” he said.
Just fourth in region 7-AA, Carvers Bay record now stands at 7-5 and 11-12 overall. Andrews is 1-11 in region play and 3-14 overall.
Junior shooting guard Montenius Bromell “MJ” Bromell and senior guard Jy Deas each led Carvers Bay with 13 points. Junior shooting guard Rodney Giles Jr. led Andrews with 22 points and junior power guard Antwan Gasque added 10.
In the first quarter, Carvers Bay senior power forward Ronald Weaver opened the scoring followed by another quick basket by the Bears. Andrews junior guard Rodney Brewington quickly led his team with a 3-point shot closing behind Carvers Bay 3-4 within six minutes to go. Carvers Bay lead the first quarter 17-8.
Coming in before the half, Carvers Bay held their position with Andrews failing to get ahead. Andrews junior captain Rodney Giles Jr. followed through with two free throw shots, ending the first half with Carvers leading Bay 30-19.
However, things started to change.
Coach Mezzestesta noticed that his team started to waver in the second half of the quarter.
“Midway through the third and fourth quarter, we just lost focus and our identity a little bit but other than that I’m proud of them,” he said.
In the third quarter, Andrews played more aggressive with Giles Jr. scoring six points in the quarter. Coach Giles Sr. said that was mostly due to his boys applying more pressure.
“They were hurting us from the outside, they were making a couple of threes so we were trading two for threes,” Coach Giles said.
He said it most of their points came from Carvers Bay turnovers.
“They had a couple of turnovers and our guys throwing it up for two. With those turnovers, we were able to climb back into the game,” he said.
Carvers Bay finished the third quarter with a 47-34 lead.
The fourth quarter saw Andrews step up with Gasque opening the quarter with a 2-point basket shot and Giles backing him up with a 3-point shot at the 6:45 mark of the quarter putting Andrews closer to the leader. The quarter also saw Gasque with a thunderous dunk in and the tumultuous crowd cheering Andrews on in the last five minutes.
Andrews kept their rhythm with back-to-back shots from freshman shooting forward Keshaun Wright and junior power guard Xavier Eddy, coming behind the bears 47-52. However, Carvers Bay pulled ahead with foul shots until Eddy made a 3-point shot calling a timeout from Carvers Bay with two minutes left of the game.
The score was tied 54-54 at 1:25 until Deas made two free throws followed by sophomore guard Tevin Young with his one free throw. Bromell added one more free throw ending the game in the Bears favor.