By Aidan Fitzsimon
Wallenberg High School just didn’t have the enough gas to knock off a more-talented Stuart Hall team on Saturday.
The Bulldogs were able to keep pace early, but could not keep up with the Knights in the second half in a 67-32 non-league Stuart Hall victory.
The Knights’ rebounding provided a considerable edge and improved as the game went on, particularly on the offensive end where they got countless second-chance buckets.
“The offense did well, but we have a lot of guys who can make plays,” said Stuart Hall head coach Charles Johnson. “We’re a pressure team, so I think things went very well.”
Stuart Hall (11-3) got an impressive performance from its youngest player, freshman Armani Collins. The forward contributed 13 points and used his height advantage to alter shot attempts from the shorter Bulldogs (2-9).
“I thought our team did a good job today,” Collins said. “Our offense is flowing better with every game we play.”
After trailing 20-8 at the end of the first, the Bulldogs went on a run and cut the lead to 27-20 midway through the second quarter. But Johnson called a timeout to break Wallenberg’s momentum and from that point on, things only got worse for the Bulldogs.
“We played well in the second quarter when we could beat the pressure,” said Wallenberg head coach Pat Mulligan. “I felt that overall we just didn’t put together a good effort, but to Stuart Halls credit, they are 11-3 for a reason and are going to have a good year.”
The Knights led 35-22 at the half, then outscored Wallenberg 32-10 after the break. The Bulldogs only managed three field goals in the second half and scored just two points in the fourth quarter.
Senior forwards Joseph Chow and Nick Smith led Wallenberg with nine and eight points, respectively, but couldn’t hang with the Knights balanced scoring attack, which featured six players with at least seven points.
Armani Collins — 13
Brian Williams — 10
Tim Connolly — 9
Laboyd Ricard — 8
Two players tied with 7 points
Joseph Chow —9
Nick Smith — 8
Simon Quan — 7
Alex Morino — 5
Stephren Ragler — 3