By Michael Cuneo –
There’s a new leader in the boys’ basketball AAAAA Region 2 Division as the McIntosh Chiefs defeated the Griffin Bears 56-46 on Jan. 28.
For the Chiefs, the win puts them in a promising spot as the playoffs near, an accomplishment for the team as they opened up the year 0-4.
With injured players and a lack of size in the paint, McIntosh utilized some less familiar faces to get the victory last Friday. Sophomore Landon Dolhancyk earned a season-high 24 points while leading all scorers in the matchup.
McIntosh big man Emeka Iloh found his way to the free-throw line often throughout the night, picking up a respectable 15 points in the contest.
McIntosh coach Jason Eisele knew that nothing was guaranteed in this matchup despite defeating Griffin on the road earlier in the year.
“I think they were missing a couple of guys [when we played last]. Now the shoe is on the other foot, and we’re ready to compete.” Eisele said.
Eisele went on to say that his team would need to play perfect defense to pull out the win, something that wouldn’t be easy as the team was missing 6’6 small forward Theo Elwell.
Despite early struggles, Griffin looked poised to sail to victory in this game coming out of the locker rooms in the second half with fierce energy.
A third-quarter controlled by clever ball movement and fantastic shooting saw the Bears lead McIntosh 28-24 at the end of the period.
Unfortunately for Griffin, everything would fall apart in the fourth quarter as constant turnovers and an inability to produce points riddled the team and eventually proved to be their demise.
The win boosts McIntosh to 13-9 on the season and into the driver seat of their division. The Chiefs will play their final game of the regular season at home against Harris County on Feb. 4.
The loss moves Griffin to second place in the AAAAA Region 2 division, as they face Northside at home to wrap up the year on Feb. 4.