By James Sarmiento, Courier Staff Writer
The James Logan Colts faced off the Irvington Vikings at Irvington High School Jan. 25. It was a sloppy start in the first quarter for our Logan Colts being out scored by the Irvington Vikings 14 to 9.
“Our defense was sloppy from the start and our heads weren’t in the game.” said Trent Torain, a sophomore shooting guard for Logan.
“We came out big headed and lazy. We underestimated them, which let them get that early scoring run. We looked as if we were running in slow motion because we were not getting back on defense and they kept beating us on hustle plays.” Clarence Kaye, a junior point guard, said of the first quarter.
Although with a slow start our Logan Colts trampled the Irvington Vikings in the second quarter, outscoring them 23-2. Going into half time the score stood at 32-16 with James Logan leading.
“During the break between the first and second quarter Coach Fortenberry gave us a speech about how we needed to pick up our game and play defense. It gave us the spark we needed to explode in the second quarter.” said Logan center Khari Leno, a sophomore.
“It was as if we just got this burst of energy and everything seemed to be going right at the right times. We were playing great defense, getting steals and making their shots hard. Our jump shots just seemed to be falling in no matter where we shot on the floor.” power forward Marquise Godfrey said of the team's play.
During the third quarter Logan dominated just as they did in the second quarter outscoring the Irvington Vikings 17 to 4. By the end of the third quarter the scoreboard read 49 to 20, our Logan Colts leading by 29 points.
Going into the fourth quarter Coach Fortenberry felt confident with his team and put in all of his sophomores against the seniors and juniors of Irvington’s varsity team. Even against the older team, our sophomores were still able to outscore them 20 to 17. The only reason why Irvington scored so much in the fourth quarter is because Coach Fortenberry decided to practice new defensive schemes against the underpowered Vikings.
The high scorer for our James Logan Boys Varsity Basketball was Divine Mundeke with 13 points; 9 of which coming from three 3-point field goals. Next was Trenton Torain with 12 points; 6 of his points coming from two 3-point field goals. Then Khari Leno with 11 points; ten of his points coming from the paint alone, being a dominant force inside.
Our next game for the James Logan Colts will be Friday the 27th against Mission San Jose, which will be played at James Logan High School.