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Daniel Franchetti, 8th Grade Contributor

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The eighth-grade basketball team had two games over the weekend of December 16 and 17. Although they gave their best effort they were unable to achieve victory at either game. Despite their relentless training and careful preparation for each game, luck does not seem to be on their side.

Their game on December 16 was their first away game at Immaculate Conception against Father Doyle. Hendricken only lost by 10 points with a final score of 41-31. The team performed surprisingly well considering all the players on Father Doyle’s team were taller, it was their first away game, and Hendricken’s tallest player Brandyn Durand wasn’t there. They did score a total of 12 fouls while the other team only had 5 by the end. At the 3:30 mark, the score was Father Doyle 5, Hendricken 0. At the 7:00 mark, the score was 13-2 Father Doyle Hendricken. At 10:30 the score was 20-4. By the end of the first period, the score was 24-7. The next period went much better. At the 3-minute mark Hendricken made its comeback. At the end of the 14-minute period, Hendricken was had scored a total of 31 points, but Father Doyle scored 41.

Their next game was on December 17 at their home court. This time Hendricken was up against Monsignor Clarke. Once again, Brandyn Durand was not there and the members of Monsignor Clarke were all much taller than the members of the Hendricken team. The team was fatigued from their last game, and it showed in their performance. At the 3:30 mark, the score was 3 Hendricken and 13 Monsignor Clarke. At the 7:00 mark, the score was 5-21. At 10:30, Hendricken didn’t score at all and the score was 5-27. The tables were turned for the end of the first period where Monsignor Clarke scored nothing and Hendricken scored 10 points bringing the score to 15-27. The scores nearly doubled in the second period. The score in the end was Hendricken 34 and Monsignor Clarke 55.

It was a bad weekend for the team, but with more training the team may be able to succeed and show what Hendricken men can do. The league has a recess until 2018, so hopefully the team will come back refreshed to do some heavy training.