Reaching High Kept 7th Grade AMS Basketball Team on it’s Toes

posted Feb 7, 2017, 1:32 PM by Ryan Allison

AMS 7th grade boys played their last two games on two consecutive nights: January 18th against Laguna and January 19th paired against Templeton Eagles. AMS played an impressive two nights of basketball giving Saint’s fans plenty to cheer about.

The Saints easily swept past Laguna with a 43-21 victory January 18th.  This is the second opponent that AMS lost to initially, and beat them easily the second time around on Saint’s terms. Saints made short work of Laguna’s attempts at a defense with an aggressive non-stop offensive assault at the rim. Laguna’s offense was no match for Saint’s defense. Sluggish scoring quarters were Laguna’s downfall. Offensively, Reyes and Waiters for the Saints led the scoring parade with a combined 17 points, including Waiters two points made from the charity line. Evan’s led the rebound action with four offensive and six defensive. This win left AMS with a record of 10-1.

         Saint’s easily handled the Eagles on January 19th with a 36-18 win. Templeton tried to counter Saint’s scoring attack with one of their own in the 4th quarter, but still came up short. Templeton recorded nine fouls and AMS capitalized on that with eight points added to the board. Evans and Moscardi led offensively for baskets and Reyes had two baskets from downtown. Meeks had four assists, while Evans and Porter persisted under the rim for four offensive rebounds each. This win left AMS with an impressive season record of 11-1. Way to go Saints!

Saints blew the competition out of the water during their season ending tourney January 27th and January 28th. This AMS team I watched beat Mission, Los Osos, and Lewis for first place was heads and shoulders better than when I watched the season opening tourney last November. In eleven games Coach Ballinger made offensive and defensive wizards out of this group of 13 boys. Reaching high kept these boys (and their coach) on their toes and that produced a near perfect season with a first place ending. Congratulations Coach Ballinger and 7th grade boys for an amazing season!

Until next season, this has been Hoot’s scoop on the hoop.

Weston Hooten

Kid Sports Reporter