Fast-paced Huskies cruise to win over Greenwood Laboratory, 77-40.

The boys varsity basketball team defeated Greenwood Laboratory, 77-40, Jan. 30. Senior Alston Mason led the charge with 32 points.


Aly Hoffman

Senior Alston Mason drives into the paint, ready to attempt a layup.

Jonny Isaacson, Sports Editor

Starting the game, it was clear the Huskies were intent on keeping their trend of setting the pace and playing quick. The fast pace helped the Huskies end the first quarter on a 14-3 run. Senior point guard Alston Mason said the team was locked in on getting a big lead.

“[My mindset was] just come out, be aggressive and try to get a big lead,” Mason said.

Feeling the momentum from the end of the first quarter, the Huskies would ride their run and outscore the Blue Jays by 20 in the second quarter, giving them a 44-16 lead. Senior Jack Chapman said the team was able to push the ball and get good looks.

“We’re just being unselfish and moving the ball, we find the open man and that’s how we like to play,” Chapman said. “We locked in defensively, pushed the ball up the floor and were able to get a lot of easy buckets.”

Despite only scoring four points in the first half, senior Jack Chapman came out of the break hot and would help the Huskies get closer to putting the game away by scoring the team’s first ten points. Chapman said he was just taking the game play by play.

“I was just taking what the defense was giving me, in the first half they ran a little bit of triangle and 2 and were playing tight so I waited for the game to come to me and hit my shots,” Chapman said.

The Huskies would ride their big lead all the way to the end of the game, defeating Greenwood Laboratory, 77-40. Mason would finish the game with 32 points and said he found it easy to score because the defense would routinely run underneath screens while guarding him.

“I think it’s kind of disrespectful to me because I know I can shoot it so I just step back and shoot the ball,” Mason said.

Besides the scoring, Mason also ended the game with a handful of assists, making sure to get his teammates involved, something he prides himself in.

“I work on that every day, trying to get my teammates involved while staying aggressive,” Mason said.

Another big factor in the win was the team’s ability to slow down five star recruit Aminu Mohammed. Senior Ben Fritz said the game plan for him worked well and the defenders assigned to him really stepped up.

“We really worked in practice on stopping him in the open court, making sure he’s not able to drive right by everyone and get to the rim and I think we did a good job of that,” Fritz said. “We made him take tough shots. Grant did a really good job of taking that away as well as Jack.”

Fritz, despite scoring 12 points, was able to help his team get the win in a lot of ways besides scoring, whether that be grabbing a crucial rebound, blocking a shot, or making an extra pass to an open teammate. Fritz said he does what will give his team the best shot at winning.

“I always try to do the little thing to make sure I can put my team in the best position to win, like going up to meet someone at the rim or boxing someone out hard to secure a rebound. I’m just trying to give my team the best chance to win,” Fritz said.

With the win, the boys varsity basketball team improves their record to 9-0. The team will take on Blue Valley, Tuesday Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m.