The Cubs opened the new season at Providence High School for the Paul Sutton Tip-Off Classic. They won 61-51 against Granada Hills Charter High School.
PG: Uriel Ferguson, #1 (6’1”, PG, Sr)
SG: John Belardi, #12 (6’3”, G, Jr)
SF: Andre Perris, #13 (6’3”, G/F, Sr)
PF: Remington Rofer, #35 (6’8”, F, Jr)
C: Colby Brooks, #20 (6’7”, F/C, Sr)
The first quarter began with a 6-0 run by Granada Hills. Colby Brooks gave the Cubs their first points of the game off of free throws at the 5:35 mark. Andre Perris put the Cubs in front, 7-6, with a three-pointer at the 2:45 mark. The game was tied at 9 with less than 40 seconds to go, and Grant Roquemore’s dunk put the Cubs ahead to end the first quarter. The Cubs had nine turnovers in the quarter. They played good defensively but needed to box out as they were giving up many offensive rebounds to the Highlanders.
Score: 11-9 Cubs.
Back-and-forth buckets highlighted the beginning of the 2nd quarter. Christian Sucuveanu and Colby Brooks got the Cubs buckets through the first minutes of the second quarter, and the game was tied at 23 with 2:30 to go. The Highlanders had begun utilizing full-court press, which prevented the Cubs from scoring and also led to numerous turnovers. John Belardi’s three put the Cubs ahead by one at the end of the first half.
Score: 26-25 Cubs
The Cubs began clicking offensively, They the second half with an 11-0 run, thanks to baskets from Colby Brooks and John Belardi. The Highlanders scored their first points off of free throws at the 3:28 mark. Andre Perris’s jump shot put the Cubs ahead by double-digits, but another foul sent the Highlanders to the line. They made one of two free throws to bring the game within ten, 38-28, with 1:30 to go. The first field goal by the Highlanders was a three with 14 seconds left. That ended up being the last bucket of the quarter.
Score: 42-31 Cubs
The final frame began with consecutive turnovers from both teams. The Highlanders’ layup brought the game to a 42-33 deficit with 7:13 left. Roquemore’s three-point-play was the Cubs’ first points of the quarter. The Highlanders splashed back-to-back triples to cut the deficit back to ten, 52-42, with less than four minutes to go. A 5-0 run by the Cubs ensued. The Highlanders cut the deficit back to ten, 57-47, with a minute remaining. Belardi’s two-pointer put the Cubs up 61-49 with 24 seconds left. The Highlanders made a concession basket to end the game.
FINAL: 61-51 Cubs