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4th Quarter Surge Fells Lexington

February 7, 2020
G Basketball 2020

Hall in action earlier this season (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

On Tuesday afternoon, the girls’ basketball team closed the regular season with a 56-31 win at Lexington. While the final score was a comfortable margin, the Bears and Blue Jays battled for three quarters until a dominant fourth frame allowed the Brook to pull away.

The Bears led 9-4 after the first quarter, but battled to a 13-13 tie in the second frame to carry a 22-17 lead into the half. The Blue & White edged Lexington 16-13 in the third quarter and finally put them away in a decisive 18-1 final period. In the fourth the Bears shot 80% (8/10) from the field as their size finally wore down the Blue Jays.

Nadia Hall led all scorers with a career-high 20 points while Wura Obasanjo recorded a double-double with 18 points and 16 rebounds. Niamh Scanlon added 16 points and Parisa Carrano, 2.

The Bears have secured the #2 seed out of the East Division and host West #3 Martin Luther on Monday @ 5:00pm in the first round of the PSAA Tournament.

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Bears Tame Jaguars on Senior Night

February 5, 2020
B Basketball 2019

Sobel in action last year (PC: Dylan Van Law)

On Monday evening, the boys’ basketball seniors took the Swanson floor for the last time and made it count with a gritty effort against a talented Kew-Forest squad in a decisive 72-52 win.

The Swanson faithful were barely in their seats before a high-energy, physical game began to unfold in front of them. Kew knocked down a 3-pointer and a jumper to open what proved to be their largest margin of the game. The Brook responded with an Owen Sobel layup and a TJ Wachter putback to pull within 4-5, but the Jaguars responded with another 3-pointer to maintain their edge. After another tough layup from Wachter and a 3-point play from Sobel, the Bears took their first lead at 9-8. From there the lead changed hands four times over the remainder of the quarter as both sides clawed after the early momentum. Kew retook the lead on a floater, but Sobel grabbed it back with a layup, courtesy of a great pass from Wachter. Their third 3-pointer of the frame gave Kew the lead back at 13-11, but Wachter closed the quarter with a pair of layups to give the Brook a 17-15 advantage they would not give back.

In the second frame, fueled by a defensive lather and relentlessness on the boards, the Bears built as much as a 13-point lead. Matt Fajfer opened the frame with a 3-pointer (thanks to a heady, one-handed touch pass from Sobel) to ignite a 12-2 run where each score infused a jolt of momentum. Sobel followed with a bucket plus the foul, Caleb Edwards-Inniss finished a circus, up-and-under layup, Brandon Gicquel hit a 3-pointer, and Colin Scanlon converted a layup off of a beautiful alley-oop pass from Wachter. When the dust cleared the Bears held a 29-17 lead and looked poised to land a knockout blow. The Jaguars refused to comply despite 3-pointers from Gicquel & Fajfer. After a Sobel free throw, the Bears maintained a 36-23 edge, but Kew closed the half with consecutive 3-pointers to pull within 36-29 at the break.

Having squandered the momentum in the waning moments of the first half, the Bears wasted little time in seizing it back with consecutive steals and scores from Sobel and Gicquel that raised the lead back to double-digits. Another Fajfer 3-pointer equaled the Bears’ largest margin of the first half at 44-31 before an Edwards-Inniss layup and a Sobel 3-pointer pushed the advantage to 49-33. Kew continued to burn through timeouts in an effort to slow the surge, using their penultimate one with 1:19 remaining in the third; but out of the break Scanlon made a tough layup while drawing the foul and Sobel converted a cost-to-coast layup off of a missed free throw to give the Bears their biggest lead of the game at 53-36. Kew closed the frame with a 3-point play to pull within 14 entering the final period.

In the fourth, though the Jaguars never stopped fighting until the end, the collective weight of the Bears’ hustle, energetic defense, and penchant for momentum plays wore the visitors down. Scanlon opened the period with a 3-pointer before the Bear offense hit its first cold spell of the game. But while shots clanged off for a brief stretch, the Bears’ effort never waned as they forced a back court violation, scratched out four offensive rebounds on a single possession, and panted after a loose ball, securing a jump ball and skinned knees in the process. When the scoring hiatus lifted, thanks to Scanlon’s second 3-pointer, the Bears were ready to ring the death knell. Consecutive steals from Sobel led to a pair of Fajfer fast break layups that pushed the lead to 21. Another Fajfer 3-pointer gave the Bears their largest lead of the game at 68-46 and the teams traded buckets over the final moments en route to the 72-52 win.

Sobel led a balanced scoring attack with 20 points. Fajfer (17), Wachter (12), Scanlon (10), Gicquel (8), and Edwards-Inniss (5) rounded out the attack.

The Bears now await their opponent in their 20th consecutive postseason appearance. Depending on the result from Thursday’s Knox/Our Savior match-up, the Bears will either secure the East #2 seed and face West #3 Avenues at home or earn the East #3 seed and travel to West #2 Martin Luther when the PSAA playoffs open on Monday.

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Defense Fuels Senior Night Win for Girls’ Basketball

February 4, 2020
G Basketball 2020

Hall in action earlier this year (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

On Friday night the girls’ basketball team played their final regular season game in Swanson Gymnasium, topping Our Savior, 49-20.

Two minutes into the first quarter the score stood at 2-2 after a Bekah Detwiler jumper and a Pioneer layup. That’s when Niamh Scanlon unleashed her own 15-0 run, fueled by a frothing defense, that landed an early knockout blow. The Pioneers would get no closer the rest of the way. A Scanlon 3-pointer followed a Detwiler block to ignite the run. Three straight layups followed, two courtesy of steals, to build an 11-2 advantage. A Wura Obasanjo steal at mid-court led to another Scanlon 3-pointer and prompted a second timeout from Our Savior, but the brief hiatus would do nothing to slow the Bear attack. Obasanjo registered a block on the ensuing possession and Scanlon splashed her third 3-pointer of the quarter to bring the Swanson faithful to their feet. A Detwiler offensive rebound and layup capped the first quarter with the Bears ahead 19-5.

In the second frame, with Scanlon out with two fouls, the Bears used their size to impose their will. A Detwiler layup opened the scoring and Obasanjo followed with a layup of her own after a great high-low pass from Detwiler. Nadia Hall then added a score off of an offensive rebound to extend the lead to 25-8. That “big three” combined for all 16 points in the second quarter as the Blue and White lead swelled to 35-15 at the half.

In the third, the Brook limited Our Savior to just two points to carry a 41-17 edge into the fourth where they closed out the 49-20 win. Scanlon led all scorers and single-handedly outscored the Pioneers with 22 points. Detwiler (10), Obasanjo (10), Hall (4), and Sarah Wong (3) rounded out the attack.

The Bears are back in action today in their regular season finale at Lexington.

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Wrestling Grabs 1st Title Since ’72

February 4, 2020
Wrestling 2020

The team in action earlier this season (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

On Thursday evening the wrestling squad turned in a historic victory in a tri-meet sweep over Martin Luther and North Shore Hebrew Academy. The dual victories over the Cougars and the Stars gave the Brook an undefeated PSAA Championship season, their first team title in 48 years.

The Bears rolled to a 48-17 win over the Martin Luther thanks largely to 7 forfeits from the Cougars. Eze Barrah also injured his opponent during a legal move, resulting in a victory for the Bears.

Against the Stars, the Bears’ weight class coverage led to 6 forfeits. They also earned a pair of pins in the 48-24 win thanks to Forest Kaplan-Walbrecht (120 lbs/2:32) and Carter Brett (138 lbs/1:22).

The Brook last won a wrestling title in 1972, the last of their nine Ivy League crowns. They are back in action tomorrow afternoon in their Senior Day match-up vs. Huntington.

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PSAA Results

  • Jan. 13 vs. LuHi – 48-24
  • Jan. 22 vs. Rye Country Day – 36-36 (won tiebreaker)
  • Jan. 30 @ Martin Luther – 48-17
  • Jan. 30 vs. North Shore Hebrew (@ Martin Luther) – 48-24

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Scanlon & Obasanjo Power Bears Past Luther

January 31, 2020
G Basketball 2020

Obasanjo in action earlier this season (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

On Wednesday afternoon the girls’ basketball team traveled to Queens and returned to the Island with a 53-35 win over Martin Luther.

The Bears led 15-13 after the first quarter, paced by Niamh Scanlon’s 9 points, and extended the edge to 29-16 at the half by limiting the Cougars to a single 3-pointer in the second. Scanlon and Wura Obasanjo combined for all of the team’s 14 points in the frame that included a pair of 3-pointers from Scanlon.

The Bears extended their advantage in a 13-10 third period as Scanlon notched her fourth and fifth 3-pointers and Elizabeth Robbins knocked down a tifecta of her own. Obasanjo added 7 more points in the fourth to help the Brook close out the decisive win.

Scanlon led all scorers with 25 points while Obasanjo poured in 18 of her own. Robbins (5) and Bekah Detwiler (5) rounded out the scoring. The Bears have clinched a playoff berth for the 3rd straight season and will likely head into the postseason as the #2 seed in the East Division.

The Bears are back in action this evening in their Senior Night game vs. Our Savior.

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Bears Top Royals in Battle at the Bay

January 27, 2020
B Basketball 2020

Eshirow during a match-up vs. Port Jeff in December (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

On Saturday, at the 1st annual Battle at the Bay Showcase hosted by Port Jeff High School, the Bears topped the Royals in the nightcap of the three-game exhibition, 65-39. It was the Bears’ 11th straight win over their crosstown rivals, dating back to 2012. The Brook has also won 7 straight games on the Port Jeff hardwood with their last loss coming on Jan. 26, 2002.

The Royals, determined to buck their recent trend vs. the Bears, came out firing to build an early 11-3 lead behind three buckets and a 3-pointer. Colin Scanlon followed with a 3-pointer and Caleb Edwards-Inniss added a score as the Bears pulled within 3, but the Royals ended the quarter with four straight points to take a 15-8 lead after the first.

The Royals opened a 17-8 lead, their largest of the game, in the opening moments of the second frame, but three straight buckets from Rex Eshirow, Owen Sobel, and Malik Ulysse pulled the Brook back within three. After a Port Jeff free throw, the Bears uncorked a 9-0 run, including six straight from Sobel, to take their first lead at 23-18. They would not trail the rest of the game. Port Jeff notched the last score of the half, but trailed 20-23 at the break.

The Bears began the second half with a 10-1 surge to build a 33-21 advantage and seize control. From there, Sobel matched Port Jeff’s scoring, 8-8, over the remainder of the quarter as the Bears took a 43-29 lead into the final frame. The Royals pulled within 47-34, but the Bears finally KOed their rivals with 16-0 run, during which seven different Bears scored, as they closed out a 65-39 win.

Sobel led all scorers with 22 points. TJ Wachter (11), Matt Fajfer (8), Eshirow (6), Edwards-Inniss (5), Ulysse (4), Brandon Gicquel (4), Scanlon (3), and David Song (2) rounded out the balanced attack.

The Bears take their 3-game winning streak into today’s home PSAA match-up vs. Martin Luther.

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Last 11 Match-Ups vs. Port Jeff

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Leung’s Long Jump PR Paces Tartans

January 27, 2020
Leung Carnegie Mellon

Leung in action on Saturday

On Saturday, Francine Leung ’19 took first place in the long jump to help Carnegie Mellon University top Case Western Reserve University in the Battle for the Obelisk. The win was the Tartans’ second in a row over Case Western and their highest-scoring performance in the 12-year history of the meet.

After taking 4th place at last week’s Pioneer Open with a personal best jump of 16′ 2.25″, the freshman leapt forward to 16′ 7″ (5.05m) in only her second collegiate meet. Her first jump past the 5 meter barrier secured five points for the Tartans on their way to a dominant win.

Leung and the Tartans are back in action next weekend at Denison University.

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