The JV Boys Basketball team traveled up north to Flagstaff to take on Northland Prep Academy. Right out the gates Esteban Gonzales hits a three to put the Flacons up early. Early on the Spartans pressed which led to mental errors by the falcons. The second half came along and Erik Estrada the latest member to join the team attacked the basket to get to the line and hit two free throws. The final result of the game was Northland Spartans 46 and North Pointe Prep Falcons 9. “ Road games are a different monster compared to home games, the Flacons struggled. This game was the first step for the team to build themselves mentally, On to the next one!” Said Coach Ćeman.
Resilience: the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness. *See also North Pointe basketball*
The North Pointe Prep Falcons put on a show in the Nest tonight, when the Glendale Prep Griffins came to visit. Glendale Prep came in with a 3-1 region record, so the Falcons were in for a tough task. However, on this Friday night, the Griffins came to the wrong Nest. In a game that again showed North Pointe’s outstanding defense, the game was tight all throughout, with several lead changes along the way. The Griffins went up 5 with 40 seconds left. The odds were not great, but the Falcons managed to go on a 5-0 run to force overtime. Once in overtime, Seniors Joe Soriano and Felix Bedah carried the Falcons offensively leading to a 14 point scoring period. The Falcons would win this thriller in overtime 49-46 to send the Falcon Nation home happy.
“The character of this team was on display tonight. Down 5 with 40 seconds left, many teams will give up. We didn’t. We played high energy all night and refused to go down. Every single player contributed to this victory tonight. I am so proud to have the honor to coach this group of young men, who deserve this win. Now, we’re on to Northland Prep next week. WE LOVE BASKETBALL!” – Coach Lalonde
This was the fourth home game of the season for our JV Boys Basketball team. We had to go toe to toe with a tough opponent in Glendale Prep. At the beginning of the game the Flacons were very aggressive leading to Joshua Clark going to the free throw two times. Esteban Gonzales sparked a run for the falcons in the second quarter by hitting a huge three pointer. Throughout the season the JV boys have been faced with adversity, and coming out to compete for a whole 32minutes helped show the heart the team has. The Glendale Prep Griffins beat the Flacons 50-29. “In order to perform against the odds stacked against us we must give our full effort and play with heart, tonight we showed that and will continue to improve each game!” said Coach Ceman.
The North Pointe Prep Falcons resumed play for the first time in 2019, by taking on the #4 ranked team in all of 2A basketball. From the get go the Falcons established that Arizona Lutheran would have to work for everything in this game. And they did. In a game that saw several lead changes, the Falcons were ultimately unable to stay out of foul trouble or get shots to fall down the stretch and lost 40-30; though the game was much closer than the final score. Danny Hyun led the charge offensively getting timely outside shots early in the game to fall to get the Falcon offense going. “Arizona Lutheran is a great team, great program and we held a high scoring offense to a low total. Ultimately our turnovers and a few miscues in other facets offensively hurt us. I am proud how well we hung in the game and had an opportunity to pull an upset over a top 5 program in our division. We will get back, practice, correct and come Friday, we’ll be ready for a showdown with the Glendale Prep Griffins.” -Coach Lalonde
A thriller ends with North Pointe Basketball winning on a BUZZER BEATER. The Falcons fell behind 13 points in the second half, but after a defensive scheme adjustment, the Falcons went on 23-8 scoring run to end up with their first victory of the season. Shane Morris played hero in this one, catching a great pass from fellow senior Felix Bedah, with one second left on the clock, he catches and shoots, getting the shot in and capping off a 40-38 victory for the Falcons. “What a way to get our first win of the year. A total team effort. Our seniors stepped up in this one, Dominick, Danny, Joe and Felix played incredible defense, switching assignments on their best scorers when needed and Shane hit us the big one to get us that first victory. We are seeing the fruits of our labors and are excited to put together a run in January. We love basketball!” -Coach Lalonde
The JV boys basketball team had to travel to Sedona Red Rock high school for a tough road game. Esteban Gonzales came out hot scoring both 2 point field goals and hitting two big 3 pointers in the first quarter. This was the best start to a game the JV boys had all season. The energy and intensity showed on the defense, especially when the boys ran the zone press, which led to the opponent turning over the ball. Together as a team we limited ourselves to 10 total turnovers which was a huge improvement from previous games. Edgar Villarreal helped the team end strong by knocking down all 4 of his 2 point field goals in the fourth quarter and going a perfect 4 for 4 at the free throw line. The Red Rock Scorpions beat the Falcons 43-24. “Together the effort we put in was incredible, we will continue to work on closing games and growing in consistency!” said Coach Ceman.