Men’s Basketball Opens with a Strong Start to the Season
by Osazee Osaghae
The Northside varsity men’s basketball team hosted their first official basketball game against Amundsen on Nov. 20. The Mustangs jumped out to a quick lead in the first quarter with a 12-0 run. The Amundsen coach immediately became frustrated with his players, as the crowd could see him yelling at the players to try to get them to step up. “It was really funny hearing the coach yell like that,” said Luis Romero, Adv. 802. As the Amundsen coach continued to have a tough time getting his players in check, Northside steadily increased their lead. By the end of the first quarter, Northside’s relentless defense held Amundsen to only eight points.
The second quarter was much like the first, as the Mustangs continued to keep up the momentum and go on a 15-3 run. The game was already in heavy favor of Northside, as they had almost triple the amount of points as Amundsen by the end of the first half. The score was 51-19 at halftime. The gymnasium was packed with a large amount of Amundsen kids who left as soon as the first half was over. They were not in the mood to continue watching their team struggle any longer.
The game resumed and it appeared that the coach of Amundsen had got his players in order because they were keeping up with Northside for first few minutes into the third. However, Northside picked up the pace and stopped entertaining Amundsen. “We were being lazy in the third quarter…and weren’t trying as hard,” said Zayd Chishti, Adv. 803. When the third quarter was over, the score was 72-29. The game was approaching a climax and the Mustang crowd was going ballistic.
The final quarter was no different from the first three. Northside was in complete control of the game. “The Amundsen players were already down by so much that every shot they took was a prayer, hoping the ball would just go inside the net,” Charles Guthmann, Adv. 800 stated. Northside did not allow Amundsen to score more than six points in the final quarter. The Mustangs came away from the game with an easy win. Center Campbell O’Conor, Adv. 90, said that “Amundsen usually gives us good competition, whatever happened to their players is fine with us. It just means less competition in the long run.”
The men’s varsity basketball team has been doing well, as they are currently 3-0. They’re next game is on Wednesday, Nov. 29, against Lane Tech. Everyone is optimistic that this will be a great season for Northside basketball.