Boys basketball suffers first loss

Right+through+the+seam+of+the+CBC+2-3+zone+defense%2C+Junior+Jackson+Dubinski+flies+up+to+the+basket+for+a+magnificent+layup.+Photo+by+Patrick+Smith

Right through the seam of the CBC 2-3 zone defense, Junior Jackson Dubinski flies up to the basket for a magnificent layup. Photo by Patrick Smith

Jacqueline LeBlanc

Right through the seam of the CBC 2-3 zone defense, junior Jackson Dubinski flies up to the basket for a magnificent layup. Photo by Patrick Smith

After beginning the season strong with a 58-44 victory over East High School at the Jack Bush Tip Off Classic in Kansas City on Friday, the RBHS varsity boys basketball team traveled across town to Columbia College to compete in the Norm Stewart Classic against Christian Brothers College.
Hoping to further their winning streak, the Bruins played a physical game but fell short, losing 58-42 to the Cadets.
“We had a chip on our shoulders,” junior forward Arris Pardalos said.  “People coming into this game were saying that this St. Louis team would beat us. Some thought it wouldn’t even be close, [but] we believed we could win because we have really talented players.”
The No. 2 ranked Bruins started the game ahead of the No. 3 ranked Cadets, however quickly fell behind and trailed for what would be the rest of the game. The RBHS boys were down by five points at the end of the first quarter and down 11 after the first half. The aggression of both teams showed throughout the entire game.
“There was a lot of fouling and we were taking charges [in attempt] to come back and win,” Pardalos said.  “It was very physical.”
Despite the Cadets leading by as much as 15 in the second half and showcasing their players’ talents by a series of impressive dunks and four blocks, the Bruins were able to fight back and cut the lead to as much as eight points in the fourth quarter, yet unfortunately, could not pull off the win.
“Now we know we are not as good as we think we are,” Pardalos said.  “We have a game Tuesday and we have practice Monday, so I believe [we’ll be very competitive and we’ll watch film to see what we can do better on Tuesday.”
By Jacqueline LeBlanc
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Photos by Patrick Smith