After a week of trash-talking between both sides,
with one teacher reportedly saying “I save my dunks
for the competitive games,” the annual SADD student
faculty basketball game took place. The only
question left to be answered was: would it live up
to the hype?
The game began with the students going on a 7-0 run
in the first 4:15. The teachers finally score with 2:30
left to play. They would score again, but it wasn’t
enough to hold back the students, and the first quarter
ended with the students up 14-4. Early on in the second,
the teachers show off their excellent passing skills,
but the teachers can’t seem to get the momentum going to
mount a comeback, scoring only once in the first 5:30.
Late in the second Mr. Rodday shows off his moves
scoring a little layup which brought the scoring of the
first half to a close, students still leading 21-9. Now
it was time for the much anticipated half-court shot
At halftime, there was a half-court shot competition.
Anyone who didn’t win the lottery to play in the game
itself now had a chance at a half-court shot. Several of
the participants try the underhand approach to the shot
and some came close but just didn’t make it. Joe Romano
shows off some nice moves, but air balls both shots.
When T.J. O’Toole stepped up to the line to make his
shot, unlike everyone else, he swished it through. Now
the “king” of the trash talkers, Mr. Hopkins, steps to
the line. After airing, two previous attempts, Mr.
Hopkins steps back to the opposite foul line, turns his
hat around, gets a running shot, and throws the ball up.
The ball seemingly hung in the air for what seemed like
eternity, then hit the rim and rolled in. Throwing his
arms into the air, Mr. Hopkins turned to the stunned
crowd and accepted his applause. With all the levity
over, it was now time to get back to the action.
The third quarter opens up with the score standing at
21-9 in favor of the students. It seemed to be over, but
that’s when it happened. The teachers began their
comeback, going on a 12-point run to tie up the score at
21, with a little over 11 minutes left in regulation.
But by the end of the third the students had reclaimed
the lead by only a slight margin, score 26-23. The
fourth quarter, begins where the third left off, with
seesaw action, neither team able to open up a lead. And
then 2:10 into the fourth, the teachers finally score
and pull ahead for the first time in the game, score
31-30 in favor of the teachers. And just when the
teachers looked like they were going to keep the lead,
they seemed to lose their second wind, especially after
the 3-pointer swish by senior Kelli Williams! This
allowed the students to regain the lead and that’s the
way it stayed. Final score on the game: students 41,
teachers 35. Overall the game was a huge success. Many
thanks go to SADD and Mrs. Youngworth for organizing the
game, and to all the teachers who played. Better luck
Article: Dan Tomasetti,
Hanover High School
Photos: Glenn Cooper, Hanover High School