It’s every high school coach’s dream to have a Senior led team, but with that comes the problem of who to start on that one special night known as Senior night. Brother Rice Head Coach, Ed Shaffer, was faced with this exact problem tonight as his team defeated crosstown rival Birmingham Seaholm 73-62.
Shaffer found that the best way to share the honor was for the ten Seniors to split time in the first quarter. Some coaches would find this difficult to do with their team—but not with this squad. “I really appreciated the sacrifices our underclassmen made tonight to let our Seniors have their moment,” said Varsity Assistant, Scott Sheckell.
As for the game, it was a typical Senior led night from Brother Rice being led by Kevin Hayes, 25 points and 6 rebounds, and Dominic Downs, 22 points and 4 assists. Seaholm didn’t go down without a fight, however, keeping the game within striking distance the entire time led by Austin Roth, who played a great game (29 points) and kept Seaholm in it with some spectacular plays.
“It’s fitting that Hayes and Downs – our most veteran guys (each were called up to Varsity late in their Freshmen seasons and have been with us ever since) – were the two guys who led us tonight. Dom handling the ball and knocking down shots, Kevin inside and in transition, both playing hard on the defensive end. I’m really proud of those two tonight,” said Shaffer.
Shaffer went on to say, “It was a great atmosphere to honor our Seniors. We played with a lot of emotion early, and both students sections were crazy, so that got us going. Our “Goon Squad” has been a great sixth man this year – our guys really feed off their energy.”