Adams returns to key basketball win

Dave Foster, Staff Writer

The boys’ varsity basketball team met the Master’s Academy Patriots on the road for a 55-38 victory Wednesday,  improving its road record to 2-0 with the win over the private school. After the Patriots jumped out to a 6-point lead at the end of the first quarter, the Wildcats upped their level of play and never trailed again, outscoring their opponent 51-28 in the remaining quarters.
Bouncing back from a home loss to Satellite last week, the  2-1 Wildcats received the guard leadership they longed for from captain Scott Adams, who has been sidelined with a neck injury. Adams came off the bench in his first appearance of the season and shook off the rust to fill up the stat sheet with 11 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.
“We didn’t play very well, but I was able to push the ball to create easy buckets for the team,” Adams said. The senior point guard made a return much sooner than expected and is currently in physical therapy in hopes to lessen the pain he’s feeling from a ruptured disc in his neck.
“It hurts; it hurts a a lot,” he said.
But with icing and limited minutes Scott hopes to manage the pain and provide the floor leadership his team needs.
Senior center John Bond took over on offense to score an efficient 20 points on 9 of 15 shooting to go along with eight rebounds. However Bond was disappointed with his performance on the boards.
“I know I can average double-digit rebounds,” he said. “As the season goes on, I hope to find my rhythm.”
Bond has yet to crack double digit rebounds this season, but the eight rebounds is an improvement from his performance in the previous outing where he tallied only three bounds against Satellite.
Other notable performers included first year-varsity point guard Greg Taveras, who racked up six steals and senior Justin Laneuville, who led the team in rebounding with nine boards.
The Wildcats next game is against archrival Edgewood on Friday. Tip-off for junior varsity is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. followed by the varsity game scheduled for 7 p.m.