From Coach Ouellette: Darrow triumphs 75-59. FCA came to D's house to take on a Ducks team that lost a starter to injury. Our gentlemen took this game personally as FCA embarrassed us by 20 in the first game this year, and the gents said it wasn't going to happen today. Darrow jumped out to an early 20 point lead that moved up as high as 31 before finishing the game up by 16.
Michael 24 points, 25 rebounds, 10 blocks, 3 assists *** First gentleman triple double in my 4 years here!!!!!!!
Jack '21, 14 points, 6 reb, 4 assts, 1 block
Robert '18, 9 points 4 assists
Jared '2o, 8 points 1reb, 4assts, 1 block
Charlie '21, 6 points, 3reb, 1asst
Henry '18, 5 points, 2reb, 1asst
Eric '21, 3 points, 4reb, 1block
Walter '21, 2 points, 1reb, 1asst
Heron '20, 2 points, 1reb
Jaskaran '21, 1pt, 3reb
Darrow Women's Basketball sprinted ahead of visiting Faith Christian in the second half to take a 49-40 decision in D's House. The slow paced first half (14-11, Darrow) became a track meet in the second half when FCA's full court press upped the tempo of the game. For the most part, Darrow was successful in breaking the press, leading to many layups and other good shot opportunities. Junior forward Crystal led the Ducks with 21 points, 18 rebounds 3 blocked shots, one of them a thunderous block that set off a roar in the home gym. Junior forward Tyler added 13 points and 15 rebounds while completing 5 steals. Senior guard Jayme (2 points) was once again given the assignment of defending the opposition's best player and did a great job with that task. Senior guard Royanne added 5 points off the bench, including a sweet 3 pointer that brought the crowd to its feet. Junior guard Meredith headed the Darrow press, forcing FCA to use time and energy bringing the ball up the court nearly every possession. Junior center Leah anchored the defense, scored 4 points, and ripped down 7 rebounds. Junior forward Naomi nailed 2 free throws (career firsts!), had two rebounds and connected with Jayme on the front end of a highlight-worthy pass to cutting teammate layup. First year forward Sakina scored at the buzzer, as she and first year Emelia were on the court with the tri-captains, tasked with closing out the win. Darrow is now 11-3, 6-2 in HVAL play and will close its league season with a trip to Storm King on Saturday.
Darrow defeated the Storm King School's Junior Varsity Team 63-38. Senior day for the gentlemen saw us host the Storm King School JV team. Our guys were still riding high from the previous victory, and you could feel the energy in the gym. Our guys made sure not to underestimate SKS just because they were a JV team, they knew that these young players were scrappy, energetic, played tough defense, and had some pretty good shooters who we did not want to get hot. Darrow jumped out to an early lead, and never looked back. They played lock down defense throughout the game, and frustrated the SKS players at all ends of the court.
Henry '18, 15pts, 4reb, 2blcks
Michael '18, 12pts, 14reb, 2assts, 2blcks
Robert '18, 10pts, 1reb, 5assts
Jack '21, 10pts, 8reb, 2assts, 2blcks
Jaideep '21, 7pts, 2reb, 1asst
Charlie '18, 4pts, 1reb
Jared '20, 3pts, 4reb, 2assts
Tony '19, 2pts *First career Darrow points!!!!!
Heron '20, 4reb, 1asst
Eric '21, 2assts
Jaskaran '21, 2reb
Walter '21, 1asst
Missed free throws, foul trouble and simply running out of steam late in a frenetic affair resulted in Darrow Women's Basketball dropping the final league game of the season to Storm King 44-38. The game was exciting and filled with 3 huge lead swings -- Darrow led early 9-0 and was able to sustain that lead into halftime, 17-13. Storm King unleashed an aggressive trapping press in the second half and quickly erased the Darrow lead and pulled ahead by 10. Then the Ducks came back, led by an infusion of energy and smart play off the bench from first year forward Sakina (5 points, career high), taking a 3 point lead that they were unable to protect in the final minutes of the game. Junior guard-forward Crystal led Darrow with 19 points, including 3 3's, 5 rebounds and 7 steals. Junior forward Tyler added 10 points (3 3's) and 10 rebounds. Junior center Leah scored two nice baskets and pulled down 5 rebounds. The team game was attended by 3 4-year Darrow Women's Basketball alumnae - Sarah Adler '05; Bee Awobue '12; LA Traylor '14, all of whom traveled considerable distance to be at the game.
The Ducks dropped the quarterfinal 41-54 to Oakwood Friends. Darrow traveled down to Poughkeepsie to take on Oakwood Friends in the quarterfinal round of the HVAL playoffs. The gentlemen started out strong, remaining neck and neck through the first 10 minutes, but Oakwood went on a run at the end to go into the half up 34-17. Despite the lead, our Ducks fought hard in the second half, starting with a 9-2 run that scared Oakwood. Their titan was the focus of our plan, and he was not going to single-handedly beat us. We held him to 23 points, considerably less than our two previous outings due to some scrappy, aggressive D from senior F Henry, backed up with some tight double-team help from sophomore G Jared. While our in-league season has come to an end, we do have one more JV game next Wednesday, 2/28 against Woodstock.
Robert '18, 13pts, 4reb, 2asst
Henry '18, 10pts, 2reb
Michael '19, 10pts, 19reb, 10blcks, 3assts ***Second triple double of the season
Jared '20, 6pts 5reb, 1asst, 1blck
Jack '21, 2pts, 7reb, 3asst, 2blocks
Congrats to a team that went from 0 wins last year to 5 wins this year!
Darrow Women's Basketball staged a furious comeback before a full D's House but the mountain proved too tall to conquer, as they dropped a 51-45 decision to Storm King in the HVAL Semi-finals. Down by as many as 21, the Ducks cut the lead to 5, but were unable to come any closer, as time ran out. Junior forward Crystal pumped in 18 points, nabbed 7 rebounds and completed 7 steals in the wild back-and-forth game. Junior forward Tyler added 15 points, 3 3-pointers, pulling in 9 rebounds and stealing the ball 6 times. Senior guard Jayme scored 6, led the front of the Darrow press, creating steals and turnovers on several occasions. Junior guard Meredith played with intensity, scored 2 points and made 2 steals. First year forward Sakina played long minutes off the bench, scored 4 points (basket and 2 free throws), had 3 rebounds and 4 deflections. The basket was scored on the back end of a perfect assist-basket combo with junior forward Naomi threading the perfect pass. Darrow is 11-5, 6-4 in HVAL with one game remaining next Wednesday vs. Woodstock.
Darrow Women's Basketball closed out its season on a down note, dropping a 51-38 decision to visiting Woodstock in D's House. Strong effort was not enough to slow down the top player on the visiting team. Seniors Jayme (2 assists, 2 steals) and Royanne (2 points) took the court for the final time in Darrow Black and Maroon - both players will be missed greatly next season. Junior forward Crystal led Darrow with 20 points, including a 3-pointer, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 8 steals. Junior forward Tyler added 10 points and 10 rebounds for a season-ending double double. First year forward Sakina played strong minutes in a reserve role, tallying 4 points and snagging 8 rebounds. Junior forward Naomi was on the front end of a perfect pass (assist) to score combo and later was on the back end of a similar play. First year center Emelia and sophomore guard Rianna provided fire and spark in the game's closing minutes. Darrow finishes the season 11-6.
Darrow defeated Woodstock Day School 38-36. Wow, what a game yesterday! Darrow's rising stars got the starting nod for this "JV" contest. Senior guard Robert and Sophomore guard Jared split duties marshaling the floor for us. Despite being listed as a JV squad, Woodstock Day proved to be a scrappy team, and were up 24-14 at the half. Per our beloved third coach's approval, we started the 2nd half with our starting squad, as our team said we will not lose this game. Walking on to the court, junior captain Michael was heard saying "this is not for stats, we win this game!" It was a battle in the second half that saw Darrow climb back and take the lead by 6, only to see the game tied with 21.7 seconds left on a couple of free throws. After a quick timeout, the guys all agreed that we were going to work the clock and take the last shot. Senior guard Robert got the ball with 11 seconds left, dribbled past the defender and took a short corner jumper for the game winning basket with time running out for Woodstock as they inbounded the ball. Darrow's season ends on a final seconds, game winning jumper to improve to 6 wins on the season!
Robert '18, led all scoring with 13pts.
Jack '21, 9pts.
Michael '19, 8pts.
Jared '20, 6pts.
Jaideep '21, 2pts.
Heck of a season, and with such a young group, one cannot help but be excited for the future!