Home opener loss fuels the rest of the Bluejay Basketball season

Libbie Randall - Sports
Muhamed Abdelnabi racked up 23 of his teams points in game against Greene County on Nov. 27, 2018. PHOTO BY LIBBIE RANDALL/THE PERRY CHIEF

The energy was high in the Perry High School Gym on Tuesday night as the Girls Basketball Team came off the court with a win over Greene County. As the Jayettes left victorious, the Bluejays ran onto the court hopeful for similar results in their game. What started out as a close-scoring game, quickly turned into a competition favoring the Rams and the Perry Boys Basketball team was defeated 69-46.

Muhamed Abdelnabi started the night off with a layup and a three-pointer before Greene County could respond with a basket of their own. Abdelnabi kept rolling with another three-pointer to put Perry even farther ahead. Eventually there was a foul at the hands of the Bluejays that allowed the Rams to get in three good free throws before sinking a three-pointer to tie the game. The first quarter ended with a score of 21-11 in favor of Greene County.

The Rams took that momentum and immediately increased their lead in the the second quarter. Abdelnabi got in another three-pointer before the Rams put up a few more baskets. With less than four minutes left in the half, the Bluejays added to their side of the scoreboard once again with a basket from Mario Cruz. The first half ended 40-21, giving Greene County a comfortable lead.

That lead continued in the third and fourth quarters, but the Bluejays were able to close the margin just a little bit before the game was over. Keghan West saw the first basket of the fourth quarter, followed by two more points from Cato Doughan. Alex Morales sunk two three-pointers towards the end of the game to put the final score at 69-46.

Senior Carlos Calderon said even though they would have liked to win, the game as a whole wasn’t a total disappointment.

“Sportsmanship was there and we tried our hardest,” Calderon said. “Even though we didn’t get the outcome we wanted we went out and played our hardest and played all four quarters. Now we’re ready to prepare for Carroll.”

Head Coach Aaron Lyons was also proud of his teams performance on Tuesday.

“For it being the first game of the season and having returned absolutely nobody, the effort and the energy was terrific,” Coach Lyons said. “We were down at one point by 31 and we cut the lead to 18.”

As the season rolls on into its early stages, the Bluejays will travel to Carroll on Friday, Nov. 30 before being back at home on Saturday, Dec. 1 to take on Des Moines Christian. Coach Lyons said the next step is to focus on what to do better for those two competitions.

“Our biggest thing is that we have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Every game we can continue to keep forming, keep playing hard, keep giving everything we got, then the wins will come. This early on we are going to have some growing pains, everyone knows that,” Coach Lyons said. “We are a young team but we can keep working hard, keep defending, keep sticking to our core then we’ll be okay.”