Day hits milestone before win streak ends

AVONWORTH’S Garrett Day goes up for a shot in last Friday’s win against Brentwood. Day went over the 1,000 point milestone for his career and established records for consecutive games played (83) and consecutive section games (44). Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth boys' basketball team saw their seven game win streak come to a halt when they traveled to North Catholic this past Tuesday.

On the line was sole possession atop Section 2 (3A) for both teams, but the Trojans managed to outscore the Antelopes in each quarter on their way to a 48-26 victory.

Matt Crilley led the ‘Lopes offense with nine points.

Avonworth hosted Brentwood in section play and defeated the Cougars last Friday 60-45.

Brentwood stormed back from a 21-point defecit in the fourth quarter, but Avonworth was able to regroup down the stretch to capture the win.

“We missed some foul shots and forced some shots,” said coach Dan Bradley. “We didn’t have to rush things and then we just got settled.”

The ‘Lopes were down 3-0 to start the first quarter but showed good balance on offense with Darius Simmons, Matt Crilley, Mike Noethiger and Jake Harper providing baskets that came in a 9-0 Antelope run and a 9-3 lead. Harper and Simmons scored six points each in the opening quarter, leading Avonworth to a 21-9 lead.

The Antelope offense was curtailed somewhat with ineffective shooting and turn-overs in the second quarter. Back to back buckets by Brentwood opened the scoring with almost three minutes elapsed, but Garrett Day knocked down a three-pointer off the left side to give the ‘Lopes back their double digit lead at 24-13.

Baskets by Simmons and Harper and a pair of free throws by Day accounted for the rest of the Antelopes’ offense as Avonworth maintained their lead at the half 30-18.

The Spartans were able to cut the ‘Lopes lead to seven points in the third quarter, but solid defense and great perimeter shooting allowed Avonworth to extend their lead.

Three-pointers by Day, Harper and Noethiger came in a 14-0 run to close out the quarter with the ‘Lopes in front 48-27.

Brentwood came out smoking on offense in the fourth quarter converting on 5-6 from the field in a 13-0 run to trail 48-40. Harper and Noethiger combined for 10 points and Day closed out the scoring with a pair of free throws at the end to nail down a 60-45 win for the Antelopes.

Harper led Avonworth scorers with 19 points, followed by Day with 14, Noethiger with 13 and Simmons with 10 points.

The ‘Lopes (8-5, 4-1) will host Mohawk in a non- section game tonight at 8 p.m.