By Lenny Dale, Emerson Athletic Director and Physical Education Teacher
Emerson’s boys had another fine week on the basketball court. On Tuesday, Washtenaw Christian came to play. In the JV game, WCA had the top scorer, but the balance of Emerson was too much for the visitors to handle, and the young Eagles won handily, 32-21. Nine players scored in the game, six were Eagles, and the top five scorers of those Eagles are 5th graders: Idrys Cotton, JD Hatch, Carson Strauss, Lucas Nor and Nikash Bhagat. The varsity game was somewhat similar. Tough Emerson defense only allowed three visitors to score at all, and only two of them hit a field goal. Emerson threw a shutout in the 3rd quarter, marking the 4th game in this young season that the Eagles have held an opponent scoreless for an entire period. The Eagles, meanwhile, got scoring from eight players on the way to swamping WCA by a 38-11 score.
Thursday it was Christ the King as the opponent, and the results weren’t altogether different. The JV again got balanced scoring, and seven of the nine Eagles to put up points were 5th graders. Emerson raced out to a 23-6 half-time lead and then cruised to a 30-15 victory. The varsity pitched another 2nd quarter shutout, led at the half 14-9, then pulled away through the entire second half for a 34-15 win. Best ‘think before you speak’ moment was in the 4th quarter, when a WCA player could be heard on their bench, telling a teammate on the court to not worry about Gabe Kellman, because supposedly “he can’t shoot”, when in fact Gabe already had already scored more field goals than the entire WCA team would finish the game with. Go figure, Go Eagles!