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Game Story: Second half defense propels Albertus Magnus

Posted By Dan DeFrancesco On January 21, 2013 @ 7:55 pm In Boys Basketball | Comments Disabled

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All signs pointed to a shootout with two stars leading the way for both teams when things got started at Sacred Heart between the Irish and Albertus Magnus.

Sacred Heart’s Arjon Bequiri (pictured bottom, right) had 12 points after the first eight minutes while the Falcons’ Jack Sullivan (pictured above)scored ten.

While Sullivan would finish with an impressive 30 points, Bequiri struggled in the second half. The junior finished with 24 points, 22 coming in the first half.

The Irish trailed by only three at halftime, but a better defensive effort helped the Falcons pull away during the final two quarters.

The Falcons dominated the boards, out-rebounding the Irish 26-15.

YONKERS When Albertus Magnus boys basketball coach Pat McFadden went to scout Sacred Heart last week, Arjon Bequiri didn’t make much of an impression on him.

By the end of the Falcons’ 67-51 win over the Irish, one of three games played at Sacred Heart as part of the Martin Luther King Extravaganza, he had no problem identifying him.

Bequiri scored 22 points in the first half, helping the Irish to within three of the Falcons at halftime.

“Boy I tell you what you though, man he’s some player,” said McFadden of Bequiri. “He’s a nice player. He does a lot of things well.”

The remainder of the game would be a different story though, as the Falcons held Bequiri to only two points for the rest of the game.

“I thought we did a better job of getting out to him in the second half,” McFadden said. “I thought as a team we defended better in the second half, and that was the key to the game.”

The Falcons switched up their defensive formations, running a box-and-1 and a triangle-and-2 all focused on Bequiri.

“I think it frustrated him a little bit,” said Albertus’ Jack Sullivan, who finished with a game-high 30 points and four rebounds. “Just to always have a hand in his face makes it tough to shoot for someone.” [2]

While the Irish’s offense struggled without Bequiri, the Falcons still managed to produce when Sacred Heart switched its defensive coverage to focus on Sullivan. Senior Matt Dale came up big, finishing with 16 points and three rebounds.

“He’s a tough guy to figure out as far as the other team I think, because he plays inside then he steps outside,” McFadden said of Dale. “He just gets after it really hard.”

Sullivan said he was happy to share the ball when he couldn’t get a good look.

“What ever way we can get points and get a win I’ll take it,” Sullivan said. “I don’t have to be hot. Whoever is making plays can make plays.”

Sullivan would hit three 3s in the fourth as the Falcons outscored the Irish 16-6 in the final eight minutes.

Albertus’ offense showed no signs of slowing down as the Falcons pushed the ball upcourt throughout the game.

“I think we try to uptempo it,” McFadden said. “If I was a kid I’d like to play that style of play. We try to take advantage and get the ball up the floor quickly and then see what happens from there.”

The win is the Falcons (11-2) eighth straight, and while McFadden is happy with the streak, he believes his team realizes there is still more to be done.

“We want to just keep it going and play well,” McFadden said. “I think they are a very mature group as far as trying to get better, and I think they’re focused with that.”

 When Albertus Magnus boys basketball coach Pat McFadden went to scout Sacred Heart last week, Arjon Bequiri didn’t make much of an impression on him.

By the end of the Falcons’ 67-51 win over the Irish, one of three games played at Sacred Heart as part of the Martin Luther King Extravaganza, he had no problem identifying him.

Bequiri scored 22 points in the first half, helping the Irish to within three of the Falcons at halftime.

“Boy I tell you what you though, man he’s some player,” said McFadden of Bequiri. “He’s a nice player. He does a lot of things well.”

The remainder of the game would be a different story though, as the Falcons held Bequiri to only two points for the rest of the game.

“I thought we did a better job of getting out to him in the second half,” McFadden said. “I thought as a team we defended better in the second half, and that was the key to the game.”

The Falcons switched up their defensive formations, running a box-and-1 and a triangle-and-2 all focused on Bequiri.

“I think it frustrated him a little bit,” said Albertus’ Jack Sullivan, who finished with a game-high 30 points and four rebounds. “Just to always have a hand in his face makes it tough to shoot for someone.”

While the Irish’s offense struggled without Bequiri, the Falcons still managed to produce when Sacred Heart switched its defensive coverage to focus on Sullivan. Senior Matt Dale came up big, finishing with 16 points and three rebounds.

“He’s a tough guy to figure out as far as the other team I think, because he plays inside then he steps outside,” McFadden said of Dale. “He just gets after it really hard.”

Sullivan said he was happy to share the ball when he couldn’t get a good look.

“What ever way we can get points and get a win I’ll take it,” Sullivan said. “I don’t have to be hot. Whoever is making plays can make plays.”

Sullivan would hit three 3s in the fourth as the Falcons outscored the Irish 16-6 in the final eight minutes.

Albertus’ offense showed no signs of slowing down as the Falcons pushed the ball upcourt throughout the game.

“I think we try to uptempo it,” McFadden said. “If I was a kid I’d like to play that style of play. We try to take advantage and get the ball up the floor quickly and then see what happens from there.”

The win is the Falcons (11-2) eighth straight, and while McFadden is happy with the streak, he believes his team realizes there is still more to be done.

“We want to just keep it going and play well,” McFadden said. “I think they are a very mature group as far as trying to get better, and I think they’re focused with that.”

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