The Cubs played their second game of the Paul Sutton Tip-Off Classic against Holy Martyrs Armenian, looking to build off their season-opening victory against Granada Hills Charter. Though they beat their opponents 61-51, the Cubs looked extremely rusty and turnover prone. Coach Adams and the Cubs hope to remedy those problems against the Armens.
PG - 6’1” Senior Uriel Ferguson #1
SG - 6’3” Junior John Belardi #12
SF - 6’3” Senior Andre Parris #13
PF - 6’8” Junior Remington Rofer #35
C - 6’7” Senior Colby Brooks #20
The Cubs opened the scoring with a layup from Uriel Ferguson just thirty seconds into the game. After committing an offensive foul, the Cubs gave up a game-tying layup a minute later. Colby restored the lead at 5:45 with a putback layup from a John Belardi miss. Twenty seconds later, Remington Rofer beats his man down the baseline and extends the lead to four with a layup; the Armens promptly call timeout. A three coming out of the timeout puts the Armens back within one but an Andre Parris layup in transition puts the Cubs further in front. Colby Brooks again scores a layup in transition before nabbing a rebound and scoring another layup. The Cubs make a change at 2:55, playing Grant Roquemore and Jack Kresich for Uriel Ferguson and Colby Brooks. Good Cub defense forces an airball before the Armens are forced to foul Grant on a layup attempt. Grant sinks both before John and Remington come out for Jalen and Christian. The Cubs give up a quick three and exacerbate the mistake by giving up another one after sloppy transition play. With 18 seconds left in the quarter, Jack Kresich is called for an offensive foul before the Armens sink another three. The Armens end the quarter on a 9-0 run.
The Armens strike first in the second quarter after a hook shot right over Christian’s outstretched hand. On the other end, Christian Suceveanu earns a foul call and sinks both free throws. The Armens, however, score a layup right back to go back up by 2. Jack nails a corner three at 7:00 to put the Cubs up 19-18 before a smart baseline play lets Colby sink a floater. With 6:05 left in the half, Christian earns another foul call and again sinks two. The Cubs then return Uri, John, and Remington to the lineup before Colby falls and limps back down the court. Andre replaces Colby who gets assessed for the pain. Uri beats his man down the baseline at 4:41 to put the Cubs up 27-18 and force an Armens timeout. Andre sinks a corner three at 3:45 to extend the lead to 12. The Armens sink a three of their own in response before the Cubs start trying to play one on one basketball in the halfcourt. The Cubs move the ball around some more and get Andre to sink two more threes and restore the 15 point lead and forcing another timeout. With 1:30 left in the half, John finds himself wide open on the wing for a three-point flush. The Cubs foul a man who makes one of two before holding the ball for the final shot of the half. The Cubs take a contested three that goes wide to end the half.
The Cubs open the second half with Colby sinking a turnaround jumper in the post. The Armens sink a contested corner three at 7:00 before burying another at 6:40 to cut the lead to 13. The Cubs miss three consecutive layups before Remington is fouled and sent to the line for two. Remington sinks two of two before the Armens need a full timeout to restore momentum. The Cubs force a turnover after the timeout with 6:08 left in the quarter but give up a three on the next possession. A pump fake from Andre leaves him wide open for a jumper he sinks from the top of the key. The Cubs foul on the other end for an Armen player who makes one of two. Brilliant high-low play from Colby to Remington gets the Cubs an easy layup. Colby then earns a foul where a lane violation lets Colby sink two of three. Terrible transition defense from the Cubs goes unpunished as the Cubs rebound a miss for a John Belardi layup. Grant and Jack return to the lineup with 3:20 left in the third. Andre earns foul shots where he sinks one of two. Remington sinks a wing three, and the Cubs lead 55-32 with 2:18 remaining in the third. Christian enters the game and immediately bags a layup before Jack comes up with a stellar block on a corner three. Jalen returns to the game before the Cubs give up an Armen three. Jack nails a three after Trent Turner beats his man records a pretty assist. Christian follows his miss and the Cubs extend the lead to 27 with 30 seconds left in the third. The rest of the quarter ends without a score.
The Cubs give up a running layup to open the final quarter but find Christian for a mid range shot from the wing. The Cubs send in Nick Green for Christian and Dylan for Jack. A sweet dime from Nick finds Jalen open for a corner three that is buried, sending the bench into a frenzy for the young guns. The Armens need a timeout with 5:27 left to play after the triple. The Cubs give up a three out of the timeout but execute transition offense beautifully for a Grant layup. Reid, Lukas, and Jackson enter the game for the final 5:00. Nick feeds Lukas inside for an easy one before the Cubs give up another three. Dylan beats his man off the dribble for a layup but gets beat for a triple on the other end. Beautiful passing all around ends in a Reid layup, but the Cubs give up yet another transition layup. Dylan gets fouled on the way up to a layup, making one of two free throws. The Cubs again give up a layup but find Jackson Trigger for a triple from the top. 1:45 remains in the game when the Cubs steal the ball just to pass it out of bounds straight away. With 1:11 to play, Dylan uses some pretty moves to find Nick for the open layup. The Cubs give up a layup but make a quick one right back thanks to Reid’s effort from close range.