Fashion Club members gathered at senior Aditi Jain’s house on Feb. 2 to start preparing garments for the spring fashion show. Sewing sessions are designed to give members designated time to make garments from their designs and get help from more experienced club officers. Members bring sketches of their designs and spend the session cutting out fabric and draping it around a mannequin to see how their garments will fit on a model.
While most students were busy doing homework or eating a late dinner, the MVHS varsity boys basketball team went to work on Tuesday night, Feb. 7th, against a Homestead HS team who had crushed them 53-69 earlier in the season.
Despite aggressive defense and a three-point lead with three minutes left in the game, consistent layups from the HHS side and a couple of missed shots by the Matadors left them down by 3 at the game’s end, in one of the closest games of their season.
The first quarter ended with MVHS up 15-14, after continuous back and forth scoring and defensive stops. But as the second quarter opened, HHS made five consecutive points off MVHS’ offensive rebounds.
With just over five minutes left, MVHS made their first points of the quarter, with senior Aditya Mohan’s layup bringing the score to 17-19. Multiple missed layups by HHS gave MVHS a chance to regain the lead and tie up the score. Senior Ron Talmor got the rebound off his own missed layup and scored on the put back, tying up the game. A flurry of HHS layups and three-pointers from sophomore Akshay Gopalkrishnan gave MVHS a 25-23 lead. Despite Talmor’s two-pointer with 46.9 seconds to go, HHS responded with two more layups putting the score 27-27 at the half. The Matadors’ faces looked excited as they left the court, with the score still leaving the possibility of the first league win at home this season.
HHS opened the third quarter with a layup and a player was fouled, but Mohan was also fouled after a layup and left the score tied at 30-30. Gopalkrishnan drove to the basket, making a layup off of a pass from junior Zachary Whong, but HHS answered back with a three-pointer. After a couple of layups from both teams, Whong missed a three-pointer and an HHS player was fouled. He made both shots, and brought the score to 34-37. A missed three-pointer from Gopalkrishnan and a layup gave HHS a five point lead, but junior Ryan Lee was fouled and made both free throws. Gopalkrishnan then made a layup off the fastbreak, cutting the lead down to one point. HHS responded with one last jump shot, and the quarter ended 38-41.
At the start of the fourth quarter, Talmor opened up with a layup. After a jump shot from HHS, MVHS responded with a three-pointer. Despite multiple steals and fouls, MVHS continued to miss shots until Gopalkrishnan drained a three-pointer, bringing the score to 46-43 and giving MVHS the lead. With five minutes left in the fourth quarter, HHS made a two-pointer, but the scoreboard was accidently unplugged and play stopped for ten seconds. Lee responded to an HHS jump shot with an assist to Gopalkrishnan, whose layup on the fastbreak brought the score to 48-47. Lee was then fouled and made both from the line. With 3:30 left in the game, MVHS was up by three points.
But HHS had not given up yet. After several timeouts and missed MVHS free throws, they sunk three consecutive layups, and won 50-53.
“It was disappointing, especially that we were up by one point with a minute thirty,” Gopalkrishnan said. “But at the same time I thought this was probably the best game we’ve had all season.”
After two close games, Gopalkrishnan thinks the team has been playing much better, and will hopefully carry that through to the Lynbrook HS game on Friday.
The boys basketball team will play their next home game on Feb. 14 against Saratoga HS.
<span style=”font-weight: 400;”>The Matadors were ahead for most of Friday’s game with their biggest lead at 12 points, a huge difference from their 25 point loss to LHS earlier in the season. But a strong LHS defense late in the game and missed shots by the Matadors led the Vikings to carry the game, which took place on 2/10, into overtime. </span>
<span style=”font-weight: 400;”>”We were in it, we had the lead, and then they made more plays than us down the stretch in the last couple minutes, and then Josh came in and made a big shot to tie it up,” junior Ryan Lee said. </span>
At the beginning of the game, LHS won the tip off, but MVHS was still able to make seven successive points before LHS’ first layup. An LHS player was fouled, and brought the score to 7-4. A pass-heavy offense combined with a three-pointer from junior Ryan Lee put the score at 14-4 with just under three minutes to go. As the quarter ended, LHS sank multiple three-pointers and got the rebound off of their own missed attempt, leaving the score 14-12 at the end of the first quarter. However, MVHS was still in the lead.
<span style=”font-weight: 400;”>MVHS opened the second quarter with a three-pointer, but successive layup attempts from senior Aditya Mohan were blocked by a strong LHS presence in the paint. Sophomore Akshay Gopalkrishnan was fouled while attempting a three-pointer and made all three free-throws. After a layup from junior Zachary Whong, and aggressive defense and rebounding by the whole MVHS team, LHS squeezed in a two-pointer on the fast break. Another two-pointer from Whong and another LHS layup left the score at 25-16 at the half.</span>
<span style=”font-weight: 400;”>As the second half began, Lee was fouled and made both shots, giving MVHS an eleven-point lead. LHS replied with a three-pointer and several layups, while Gopalkrishnan and Lee both made jump shots keeping the Matadors ahead by eight points. Mohan and Gopalkrishnan sank successive three-pointers, but LHS replied with seven consecutive points. The MVHS defense began to lighten up in order to avoid foul trouble, but this resulted in a shrinking lead as they entered the third quarter 34-37. LHS would eventually continue this momentum to win the game. </span>
<span style=”font-weight: 400;”>A strong LHS defense pushed the Matadors out of the paint, and the team was only able to make one two-pointer in the fourth quarter. After three LHS layups, Whong drained a three-pointer after a series of passes. Gopalkrishnan missed several three-pointers while LHS added five more points to their side of the scoreboard, giving them their first lead of the game. Mohan was fouled and made both shots, but LHS made another layup. With 26 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Chang sank a three-pointer, tying the game. </span>
<span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Aggressive MVHS defense caused LHS to be fouled repeatedly, but missed free throws from both sides kept the game tied. Chang missed a three-pointer just as the clock ran out, and the game went into overtime. </span>
<span style=”font-weight: 400;”>LHS won the overtime tip-off and an LHS player was fouled, making both shots. Gopalkrishnan missed a three, and LHS responded with their own three-pointer. Lee stole the ball, made a layup and was fouled twice but did not make any of his free throws. A contested LHS layup was good and the score was 49-54, until Whong made a three-pointer with 10 seconds left, leaving the final score at 52-54 in LHS’ favor. </span>
<span style=”font-weight: 400;”>“</span><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>We got a good play off,” Lee said. “It’s just that I think too many of us went to the same spot, so then there was a lot of defense there so when we tried to get off the shot… we got blocked.”</span>
<i><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>The Matadors have their last home game of the season on 2/14, against Saratoga HS. </span></i>
Fans from both teams had been disappointed in the fouls and travels called throughout the Valentine’s Day MVHS senior night matchup against Saratoga HS. But it was the backcourt violation, the call that spurred the referee to shout back, the call that led to a foul that allowed SHS to score with 6.2 seconds left in the game and break a 55-55 tie, that really upset MVHS fans.
The MVHS boys basketball team had mixed feelings going into their Feb. 14 senior night game. On one hand, they had barely lost a 50-53 game against number two ranked Lynbrook HS, and thought they could continue this performance in the SHS game.
“It being our senior night,” senior Aditya Mohan said. “I was pretty pumped up and just wanted to play as well as I could.”
On the other hand, the last time these two teams had met, the Matadors came away with a stunning 51-70 loss. It was one of nine double-digit losses the team suffered early in the season.
By this point in the season, MVHS had changed key strategies and went from a one-man offense to a team-centric offense. Rather than continually looking for opportunities for themselves, new coach Jim Forthoffer told players to focus on moving the ball to teammates if they couldn’t get an immediate open shot. And this strategy paid dividends, with the team going from 25, 27, 29 point losses to three point losses, against the same teams.
It was this SHS game which would serve as the biggest indicator of how much the team had evolved. MVHS’ new offense went up against the one-man offensive team of SHS, easily breaking a press which had crushed them before. They ended the half up by four points.
“They ran the same defense they ran last time… [we] forced them to switch a few times,” senior Ron Talmor said, “… so we were more ready for their speed.”
Frustrated by this change, SHS returned with a newfound intensity by scoring two quick baskets at the start of the third quarter, and bringing the momentum to their side.
The Matadors were unfazed. However, despite their initial preparation, missed shots from the Matadors, double teams and continuous SHS free throws gave SHS the advantage, and the third quarter ended 37-45.
“That’s what they did to us last game,” Talmor said, “so we were ready for it and we knew they were going to come with more energy so we were trying to get fired up and come up with more energy to match them too.”
The Matadors did keep fighting, and with a barrage of three-pointers, managed to tie the game 55-55 with 48.2 seconds left in the second half.
“It was just like get the win somehow, just play as well as I can, motivate my team,” Mohan said.
But a backcourt violation gave SHS the ball, and an SHS player was fouled with 6.2 seconds left. He made the free throw, and the game ended 55-56. It was an abrupt and anticlimactic ending to the highlight of the MVHS’ boys basketball season. However, Talmor is not disappointed.
“At the last few seconds you just, you forget it’s senior night,” Talmor said. “You wanna win, of course… but you always wanna win in a close game… we just ran what we were supposed to do, it didn’t work out.”