There’s one word to describe a road trip to Forks High School: “FAR!!!”
After a five hour trip in a fifteen passenger van one never really knows how your athletes will respond that far on the road and in a playoff atmosphere with a packed home crowd gym.
The boys seemed loose but very focused going through their pregame stretches and warm ups in the locker room. When they took the floor they went through their warm ups with a purpose.
Once the game started it was Seton Basketball at it’s finest. Pressure defense, fast offense, and quick scores. The Cougars led by 10 after the first quarter 23-13! The 2nd quarter looked like we might just run away with this as we quickly made that 10 point lead a 16 point and after Matt Kent hit his fourth three of the half forced the Forks Coach to burn his third timeout of the half to slow us down.
Starting so quickly can be a blessing and a curse. Often times we fall in love with shooting threes and we forget what makes us such a difficult team to play; ball movement and player movement. When we fall in love with the three we forget to move, we forget to attack the rim, and we forget to play Seton Basketball. Forks made some defensive adjustments and we began to settle on some not so good offensive decisions. The result was a layup at the halftime buzzer for Forks, the lead reduced to 10 and the momentum belonging to the home team.
The second half turned into what we expected all along. A “knock down drag out” fight for a playoff victory. At the end of the third quarter it was a two point game and the crowd was loud and into it! But the Seton crowd was feeling it too and with our cheer squad fueling our fire we didn’t back down. The game remained a one or two possession game the entire way with Seton never leading by more than five the rest of the game. Forks scored with 48 seconds left to tie the game!
Forks had switched to an unorthodox defense in the 2nd quarter to cool Matt Kent off and it was effective the rest of the way as we struggled to find an offensive rhythm. But with just over 34 seconds left we were moving the ball effectively and we found Henry Demsky spotting up at his favorite spot on the court, the left wing just beyond the three point line. The pass was perfect and Henry shot with perfect rhythm hitting nothing but the bottom of the net and giving the Cougs the three point lead! After a timeout by Seton we took the floor with nothing but a quality defensive stop on our minds! The Cougs made their best defensive stand of the day and with just a few seconds left Malik Williams got his hand on a pass and deflected it to Henry Demsky who sprinted the floor for the game clinching lay up! The lay up didn’t fall but the clock ran out and the Cougs left Forks with a 3 point victory 65-62! Seton Catholic’s first post season victory in the boys program history!
Henry Demsky led Seton with 18 points including the game winner! Matthew Kent scored 15 all in the first half and Isaiah Parker added 13! There wasn’t a single Seton player that didn’t contribute to this win! And the biggest assist of all goes to the Seton Cheer squad! Thank you for making the trip!
The Cougs are in the Semi Finals of the District 4 playoffs with a chance to clinch a state playoff birth with a win on Tuesday Night! Seton will take on #1 seeded LaCenter Tuesday night 7:30pm at King’s Way School.
Looking forward to seeing you at the game!