The Mighty Ducks defeated team ’Merica in the Carr Health North Gym Tuesday night and advanced its undefeated record to 6-0.
Although both teams were undefeated, it was a slow first half as the first three minutes were scoreless. However, after multiple turnovers and missed shots for both teams, ’Merica (4-0) scored first.
With the first basket scored, ’Merica took its momentum and ran with it. However, the team quickly lost its momentum and struggled offensively.
Team Mighty Ducks took advantage of that offensive struggle and took over the scoreboard for a 30-9 lead at the half.
When the second half started, the two teams battled it out. Both teams began to press, and the game became full of fouls. Players from both sides played tougher defense, causing many jump balls.
Team ’Merica fought even harder offensively to improve its score, but in the end it was not enough. Team Mighty Ducks took the victory with a 56-35 win, which left ’Merica with its first loss of the season.
Seth Buch, team member of ’Merica, explained the cause of the team’s loss.
“We need to work on some rebounding and our shooting,” Buch said.
Buch contributed 3 points to team ’Merica’s score along with teammates and Brandon Becker, who scored the most points with 10, and Travis Reed, who scored 7 points.
Buch also said that even with an undefeated record before Tuesday night’s loss, team ’Merica has always been the underdog.
“We always seem to come from behind,” Buch said. “We always struggle and pick it up in the second half.”
Team ’Merica certainly picked up its game during the second half; however, it was too late.
Mighty Ducks team member and high scorer for the game, Antonio Seals, shared the team’s preparation for Tuesday night’s game.
“We came to the game knowing the (other) team was undefeated,” Seals said. “So we said we were going to pressure the ball as much as possible. That was basically our game plan.”
The Mighty Ducks’ defense worked in the team’s favor along with the team’s strong offense. Seals scored 10 points for his team.
Seals said that the team struggled with rotation at the beginning of the season, but worked hard in practice to figure out a system that operated smoothly.
Team Mighty Ducks’ hard work paid off. They are now sitting on a 6-0 record with wins against #LEG, Juicy J’s, Musically Inclined, Gentlemen’s Club, The Naturals and ’Merica. Team ’Merica fell to 4-1 with wins against Musically Inclined, Gentlemen’s Club, The Naturals and Juicy J’s and a loss against Mighty Ducks.
Story by Taylor Crum, Contributing writer.