The Ridge Review
Eagles Lose a Close Game To ChatfieldSunday, February 06, 2011 By Connor Droke
On Friday, February 4, the Dakota Ridge Eagles took on the Chatfield Chargers. Once again the Eagles were without senior guard Danny Difolco who was their team leader before he sustained an injury. First quarter was all Chatfield as they lead 14-9. Senior Derek Vander Velde scored 6 of the 9 points made in the first quarter. It appeared Vander Velde was their only strong offensive player, which meant other players needed to step up. Chatfield soon realized Vander Velde was on fire so they put an extra man on him. The Eagles had many key plays, but the notable ones were made by junior guard Abdullah Musleh and senior Cooper Robbins. Still that was not enough to diminish the lead. Chatfield led 33-26 at the half. The third quarter came around and the Eagles had a problem with turning the ball over. These turnovers allowed Chatfield many points which added to their lead. In the second half, Bolton Howes made a few astounding plays. Howes scored 6 points and grabbed many rebounds.He was out hustling Chatfield up and down the court. Eagles trail 51-44 after the 3rd. In the fourth quarter, the Eagles made their move. Vander Velde continued to knock down shot after shot. The Eagles got within 2 points when the score was 68-66. In the final minutes, Musleh was called for a technical foul. He was arguing the fact that Vander Velde apparently traveled and he had enough. He was then kicked out of the game. With 15 seconds remaining Dakota Ridge had a chance at a last second 3 pointer by junior, Jack Anderson. He could not convert which meant the Eagles had to foul. The Chargers made one of two free throws to go up 4. Final Buzzer sounded and the Eagles lose 70-66 in a hard fought match-up. Be sure to attend their next home game on February 14th against Columbine at 7pm.