Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area
This past week I traveled to Oakland for a crucial game in the NCS Bay Counties - East as the Head-Royce Jayhawks and the Phoenix of Bentley, the top two teams in the league, were going at it with just one game separating the teams.
Head-Royce came into this one 8-0 in league and were looking to stay undefeated. Bentley, who had a record of 7-1, was looking to get revenge as their only loss in league was to the Jayhawks coming back on January 18th in a 58-55 thriller.
It was senior night for Head-Royce and their four seniors (Scott Miller, Nico Dorado, Ryan Diew and Perry Cheng) were hoping their last game in their home gymnasium would end in victory. But the Phoenix would not let it come easy and fought until the end.
The entire first quarter was a back and forth battle as neither team's lead exceeded single digits. The tight score continued into the second quarter and at intermission Head-Royce led by just five points. It was the same story in the third quarter as well with neither team allowing the other to go on a significant run. It wasn't until the fourth period that the Jayhawks started to pull away. In the end, Head Royce proved to be too much as they outscored the Phoenix 21-7 in the final quarter and coasted to a 66-48 win.
A valiant effort by Bentley, but Head-Royce showed why they are undefeated in league play.