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Athletics Week in Review: Winter Season

Week in Review: Feb. 1 – 5, 2016

On Monday the BFS MS Boys Basketball Team defeated York Prep 64-34 on the road. Box it and Send Me a Dozen – the BFS MS Boys are winners of an even dozen as they defeated their opponent today. The team record is now a perfect 12-0. The Panthers were led offensively by Jack B. (8th) with 12 points, as well as Ty S. (8th) and Lewis W. (8th) who each had 10 points. Nicholas M. (7th) led the team in rebounding with 11 boards off the bench. Ty and Mirembe M-T (7th) each recorded five assists and Jack had four assists. It seems like the next game is always the biggest one of the year and in this case Thursday’s game at Churchill will be. Both teams could enter the game undefeated and the winner of the contest will most likely be the ISAL league champion. Keep up the good work boys. Blue Pride!!

On Tuesday the BFS Girls Varsity Basketball Team defeated Garden 28-22 in the lower gym. It was the teams final home game of the season. The team took care of business and picked up the much needed victory. BFS played an all around game. The team moved the ball on offense and found the open teammate. Their defense has improved all season and remained strong as they played solid throughout. BFS was led by Kasey J. who had a career high 10 points. She really finished the season on a strong note. Silveley A. had 6 points, Lexi S. had 4 points, and Ivy L., Rosemary D-L-C, and Xianna Q. all chipped in with two points a piece. There last game of the season will be today as they travel to the city to take on York Prep. Blue Pride Runs Deep, Friends Forever!!

The BFS Boys JV Basketball Team defeated FASNY 51-31 in Westchester. The traveled the furthest it has all season to secure the win with a strong performance from the seven players who made the trip. Leading the team in scoring was Luca J. with 16 total points. Right behind him was Kobe C. and Cailean M. who had 14 and 11 points respectively. With a short handed bench, the team received huge a contribution from Mingma S. who brought incredibly tough defense and scored his first two points of season. The Panthers are now 10-8 overall with one game remaining. Next week they will enter the ISAL Playoffs. Blue Pride!!

On Wednesday the BFS Boys Varsity Basketball Team defeated Garden School in the lower gym 71-32. It was their last regular season home game. The Panthers were led by senior Chris B., as he scored a game high 20 points. Junior forward Maalik D. scored 14 points, and junior guard Brendan G. scored 13 points. Senior guard Will H. scored 6 points, while junior forward Charlie S. scored 7 points. The team completes their regular season on the road against the top team in the league on Thursday at York Prep. Playoffs start next week.

JM_BFS-5564The BFS Girls Varsity Basketball Team lost to York Prep 35-32 on the road. It was the team’s final game of the season. The girls had a great time enjoying their bus ride to the game. They have come a long way and have really grown throughout the season. This game was a culmination of their season. The team came out with an unprecedented energy and vigor. The ball seemed to bounce BFS’ way up until the very end. The girls got off to a great start and battled throughout. By far it was their best game of the season as they put forth everything they leaned to work. Their opponent was not going to give in and kept battling and making runs of their own, but BFS maintained their composure and the lead until the very end. BFS was up 32-31 with two minutes to play (we played 30 fantastic minutes) when York Prep knocked down a second three pointer out of nowhere to take their first lead of the game.  BFS had their chances. The team missed some easy ones and once again struggled on the free throw line.  “Free throws win games”.  BFS was 1-6 from the foul line during the final quarter (3-11 for the game). The girls remained composed even though the York Prep gym was rocking and rolling. BFS called timeout with 8.2 left (35-32 York Prep) after coming up short on the offensive end but created a key turnover on the defensive end. The Coach set up the play. We had been in this position a few times with a chance to win the game late and the girls were ready for the challenge as they have all season. BFS ran the play to perfection as they have in these close games. We got the shot we wanted. Last time in a similar situation the shot was right on target but just short, this time the shot was right on target, but just long. You win some, you lose some. But in my book this was a Team victory. I was and am so proud of this team. You had to be there. Junior Silvely A. did it all and led the way with 16 points, while fellow junior Ivy L. did everything she could and contributed with 7 points of her own. Sophomore Rosemary D-L-C knocked down two key jumpers during the third quarter to keep BFS in the lead. Fellow sophomore Kasey J. had a basket early in the game and junior Lexi S. had a key basket during the third quarter. Xianna has been tremendous the last few games bring aggressive, playing great defense, and rebounding the ball. Thanks to Sierra for attending the final game (she was on the injured list). Thanks for the memories – Seniors Sierra V. and Xianna Q. will be missed. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the team’s success. Blue Pride – Sierra V., Xianna Q., Silvely A., Ivy L., Naomi M., Monet M., Lexi S., Arielle V-D-E, Rosemary D-L-C, Kasey J., Jonae O., Lili M., and Coach Lydia. Can’t wait until next year. See you then. Blue Pride Runs Deep, Friends Forever!!

On Thursday the BFS MS Girls Basketball Team defeated Churchill 36-34 in the lower gym. It was the team’s final home game of the season. Churchill also came into the game undefeated in ISAL league play and on top of the standings with BFS. They proved to be a very tough opponent. BFS was led by eighth grade center Salma M.’s precision shooting, which carried the team.  Fellow eighth grader Libby S. came up big knocking down some key shots early in the game. Fellow eighth grade starters Jesse R., Kaley B., and Kennedy W. contributed to the solid hard fought victory. The bench stepped in when needed. It is great to have so many players and options during the game and throughout the season. BFS pulled away with 3 minutes left in the game but Churchill came charging back, only to lose by 2 points. Their three point attempt at the buzzer came up just short. The Lady Panthers improved their record to very impressive 12-0. They will conclude their season on Wednesday at local rival Packer. Blue Pride!!

The BFS MS Boys Basketball Team defeated Churchill 45-41 on the road. Baker’s Dozen, ISAL League Champions (undefeated), Undefeated Season…To be determined. The team was focused on their ultimate goal of winning the ISAL League Championship (undefeated) as they traveled to Manhattan to take on the also undefeated Churchill School.

With a league title, an undefeated season on the line, and the best opponent the league has to offer you would expect the team to be nervous. But the boys were the picture of poise. BFS jumped out to a 12-3 lead before Churchill could get their feet under themselves and score seven straight points to pull to within two. The game was defined by that kind of play. BFS would build a seven or eight point lead and Churchill would make a run and close the gap. In the end however the Panthers depth and ability to deal with the press helped to secure a 45-41 win. The game’s defining moment came in the fourth quarter with 35 seconds left on the clock. Churchill came up with a steal and sent their best player streaking toward the basket for what would be a game tying layup… But Jack B. sprinted back on defense and beat his man to the spot below the basket where he took a hard offensive foul. In doing so he preserved the lead and got possession back to BFS with 30 seconds on the clock. The team was led offensively by the eighth grade starting back court of Ty S. with 12 points and Jack B. with 8 points. Max B. (8th) and Mirembe M-T (7th) each chipped in with 6 points. Nicholas M. (7th) led the way on the boards with seven rebounds. Along with his scoring Ty also led the way in assists with five. The win improves the teams overall record to 13-0, clinches the ISAL league title, and gets the team one step closer to a perfect season. The team takes the court next Wednesday at home against local rival Packer and then again on Thursday where they will finish out the season at home against Bay Ridge Prep. Blue Pride!!

US Boys Basketball Playoffs start next week!!

Week in Review: Jan. 25-30, 2016

On Monday the MS Girls Basketball Team defeated LREI 30-27 in the lower gym. The game was close throughout.  LREI maintained a full court press during the first quarter. The BFS Girls handled it well and took an dearly lead. LREI fought back to tie the game at 18, but then the BFS Girls pulled away making a run and taking a 30- lead. The team held on for the impressive league victory. This win improves the teams overall record to a perfect 10-0. Way to go Girls!! Congrats goes out to the team and the coaching staff. Blue Pride Runs Deep, Friends Forever!!

ms basketballThe MS Boys Basketball Team defeated LREI 52-30 in the lower gym. Then it was Ten – The streak continues….The team is now a very impressive 10-0 on the season. The boys picked up another league victory. The Panthers led 14-8 after the first quarter. However, the second unit took control in the second quarter, outscoring LREI 18-4 to take a commanding twenty point lead into halftime. The team did enough the rest of the way to bring it home down the stretch. The 52 points was a balanced attack which saw nine players contribute. BFS found scoring from Finn S. (8th) and Mirembe M-T (7th) each scored 8 points, Ty S., Jack B., Aja M. (all 8th) each had six points and Jack B., Max B. and Ryan B. (all 8th) each scored four points. Ty led the team in dishing as he recorded four assists and Aja led the team in rebounding with a season’s personal best sixteen rebounds. On Wednesday the team looks to redeem themselves from their most disappointing loss of last season when they take on local opponent Mary McDowell at home in the lower gym. The team has now played two thirds of their season and head into the final stretch seeking their first undefeated season under coach Pittari. It won’t be easy but it is worth a try.  Way to go Boys!! Congrats goes out to the team and the coaching staff. Blue Pride Runs Deep, Friends Forever!!

On Wednesday the BFS MS Girls Basketball Team defeated Mary McDowell 27-23 on the road. They traveled to Carroll Gardens to take on their local opponent. It was a tough game throughout, although the shots were there, the team failed to knock a bunch of them down. MMFS’s 1/2 court trap created a lot of turnovers on our end. The team rose to the occasion against some against adversity, the girls battled and battled once again came out on top. Eighth grader Libby S. scored a late basket with 8 seconds left to give the team a four point lead and some much needed relief. This win improved the teams overall record to a very impressive 11-0. Blue Pride!!

The MS Boys Basketball Team defeated Mary McDowell Friends School 42-29 in the lower gym. The team scuffles but does not fall against their local opponent. The Panthers took a 40-12 lead into the fourth quarter. When the quarter began MMFS picked up their defensive intensity and extended to a full court press. The strategy worked as BFS struggled with it at times but in the end the lead was too much to overcome and the Panthers held on down the stretch for another victory and remain unbeaten. The team improved its overall record to a very impressive 11-0. The team was led offensively by eighth graders Ty S. and Ryan B. who each scored 9 points. The defensive leader and star of the game was Nico M. (7th). Nico led the team in rebounds with 10 and steals with 7, as well as recording two assists and the only blocked shot of the game. Nico has been earning more time lately with his solid play and when there was a last minute scratch from the starting lineup, Nico was the obvious choice. The coaching staff was rewarded with one of the best individual efforts of the season. Next up for the boys are league road games on Mondayand Thursday next week at York Prep and Churchill. The next two games are the biggest games of the year as they will decide the ISAL league championship.

The Boys JV Basketball Team defeated Saint Ann’s 41-40 on the road. The team walking a few blocks away to take on their local opponent. The team fought hard to pull out a tough and gritty performance after trailing 24-14 at the half. The Panthers fought back during the 3rd quarter giving up only 2 points on defense to even the score at 26-26. Heading into the 4th quarter the team was energized and ready for their final challenge of the game. Finding themselves down early 31-30 in the final quarter Kwesi C-S hit a 3 point shot shot to give BFS the lead 33-31 and BFS never gave that lead back. Kwesi and Kobe C. led the team in scoring with 10 points a piece. While Hasanti K. and Luca J. added 8 points apiece. The JV boys have their final regular season home game on Friday come on out and cheer the team on.

The Boys Varsity Basketball Team defeated Saint Ann’s 68-66 on the road. The team walked over to take on their local rival. After watching the JV Team win an exciting game prior to their tip off the team was fired up and excited to take the court. It was a great game by our team. The Panthers were led by both senior Quran D. and junior Brendan G. who each scored 24 points. Junior forward Charlie S. chipped in with 8 points. On Monday February 1st the team will take on ISAL opponent York Prep, in a battle of 1st and 2nd seeds!

Week in Review Jan. 18-22, 2016

On Tuesday the MS Girls Basketball Team defeated BWL 24-12 on the road. The team traveled uptown to take on their opponent. The team got out to an early lead and never looked back. The ball moved smoothly around the court allowing for quick and easy scores. The girls continue to impress the coaching staff by playing a smooth even game. It is fun to watch and definitely fun to be a part of. They will look to continue their fin play as they improved their overall record to 9-0. Blue Pride!!

The Boys JV Basketball Team defeated LFNY 49-39 in the lower gym. It was a gritty performance. The team was led by a tough and solid defense. Freshman Kobe C. led the way with 14 points, followed by fellow freshman Jailen L. who finished with 9 points.

PANTHER PRIDEThe Panthers battled all game long to eventually close out the game with plenty of help from their friends. Hasanti K. and Anthony H. each finished with 7 points and contributed in other areas of the game. It was a great all around game from the entire team. The teams overall record moves to 8-6 and they are 5-2 in the ISAL league play. Next up is an away game in Westchester on Friday to take on league opponent French American School.

On Wednesday the Girls Varsity Basketball Team defeated Bay Ridge Prep 29-12 on the road. The team traveled to Bay Ridge to take on their opponent. Both teams got off to a slow start. BFS found themselves up 7-2 after one quarter of play. The team played better during the second quarter. They picked things up on the offensive end by moving the ball to an open teammate. Once BFS got it going though they took the lead and never looked back. They outscored their opponent 13-3 during the second quarter. They found themselves up 20-5 at the half. During the second half the team continued their strong play and picked up the much needed league victory. It was great to see the girls working hard to achieve the teams goal. Junior guard Silvely A. finished with 18 points. Fellow junior Ivy L. had 6 points, while sophomore Kasey J. had 4 points and junior Lexi S. added a point.

On Thursday the MS Boys Basketball Team defeated BWL 64-33 in the lower gym. Nine is Devine – The remained undefeated and while extending their winning streak to nine. Today’s opponent team was league rival Birch Wathen Lenox. BWL entered the game undefeated as well in ISAL league play tied with BFS atop the league at 3-0. The BFS Panthers took the challenge on and played one of their best all around games of the season coming up with a commanding victory. The defense for the Panthers was intense and unwilling to bend. The final score bore that out as they held BWL well below their season scoring average of 53. The team was led primarily by the starting back court of Ty S. and Jack B. (both 8th graders). Ty scored 16 points, while dishing out a season high 8 assists, picking up 3 rebounds and 4 steals. Jack tied the teams season high with 17 points, and had 4 assists, while grabbing 2 rebounds and 2 steals. The duo also protected the ball as they were each guilty of only one turnover. Fellow eighth grader Max B. scored 11 points, had three rebounds and one assist to help the scoring effort. The rebounding was led by eight graders Aja M. and Nicholas M. who each pulled in six rebounds. The team shared the ball well as they have all season and recorded a season high 18 assists. Way to go team!!

Come out and support this special team. Blue Pride!!

The Boys Varsity Basketball Team defeated FASNY 59-34 in the lower gym. The Panthers were led by junior forward Charlie S. who scored 24 points and junior guard Brendan G. scored 13 points. Senior guard Quran D. finished with 7 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists. Panthers forward Isaac H. scored 8 points off the bench giving the team a much needed boost. The team is currently tied for 2nd place in the ISAL league standings at 7-2. Blue Pride!!

On Friday the Boys Varsity Basketball Team defeated MMFS 63-33 in the lower gym. The gym was packed with fans from both schools. BFS came through for their home crowd. The Panthers were led by senior guard Quran D. as he notched another triple double this season with 22 points, 10 assists, and 11 steals. Quran scored 20 of his 22 points in the 1st half. It was a very impressive performance. Junior Brendan G. scored 13 points, while senior Sammy H. scored 9 points going three out of four from downtown (three point range).

The Panthers’ junior forward Charlie S. had another all-around game with 5 points, grabbed 7 rebounds, dished out 6 assists, had 4 steals, and 3 blocks. Juniors Sam F., Maalik D., and Isaac H., played outstanding defense and contributed on the offensive end as well. Maalik scored 4 points, pulled in 12 rebounds and had a team high 5 blocks. Isaac scored 5 points, had 9 rebounds, and 4 steals. Currently the Panthers are tied for 2nd place in the ISAL standings with 8-2 league record. Blue Pride!!

Week in Review Jan. 11-15, 2016

On Monday the Boys Varsity Basketball Team defeated FASNY 63-48 on the road in Westchester. The Panthers were led by Junior Brendan G. who scored 23 points, and seniors Quran D. scored 13 points, 11 assists, and 6 steals while Chris B., scored 12 points and 12 rebounds in limited minutes. The Panthers’ do everything forward junior Charlie S., had 8 points and 4 rebounds, 4 assists, while senior Will H., scored 6 points and 4 rebounds. Blue Pride!!

The MS Girls Basketball Team defeated Steiner 26-5 in the lower gym. The team got off to another great start. The team played with a new lineup as its starts the transformation of developing next years players. The girls played evenly throughout. The team led every quarter, while playing sound defense and having good ball movement. The players all did an exceptional job in defending their basket, and moving the ball on offense, we are blessed with three teams in one, finding playing time for all players has not been an issue, the players are committed, their learning this great game and growing as individuals.

TheMS Boys Basketball Team defeated Steiner 64-24 in the lower gym. The team kept rolling with this victory and remain undefeated. The 64 points is a new season high and brings the teams per game scoring average to just under 52 points per game. The game saw a balanced scoring effort from the Panthers as twelve of the thirteen players that participated contributed to the offense. The scoring was led by Ryan B. (8th) who scored a season high 12 points. Some of the other key contributions were Ty S. (8th) 10 points, Jack B. (8th) 10 points, Nicholas M. (7th) 8 points and Coby W. (8th) 8 points. To go along with his scoring, Nicholas led the rebounding effort with a personal season best 11 rebounds while Coby and Jack led the dishing with 3 assists each.
On Tuesday the BFS Boys JV Basketball Team defeated LREI 54-42 in the lower gym. The Panthers got off to a slow start, but found themselves up by one point at the half 24-23. They never gave the lead back. The team got great contributions from many players. Leading all scorers was Luca J. who had 12 points but not far behind was Oliver S-P and Kwesi C-S with 11 points each. Jeremiah H. had 9 points all in the fourth quarter while Jailen L. and Kobe C. chipped in with 4 points each respectively. The Panthers finally got over the .500 mark with an overall record of 6-5.

Congrats to senior guard Quran Davis who scored his 1,000 point on Tuesday.  Way to go Quran. Blue Pride!! 

On Thursday the MS Girls Basketball Team defeated Dwight 32-15 in the lower gym. The team once again the team got off to a slow start and found themselves down 3 to 0 early, we missed a lot of easy shots, it appeared we were a little tense, not long after, the team got after the ball, played solid defense, and the passing seemed to get stronger. The shots starting falling, the teams energy picked up, as well as the excitement of the crowd. No player wanted to come out of the game. Everyone contributed to the victory. The team played well enough to pull away for a convincing league win (now 8-0 overall).

The MS Boys Basketball Team defeated Dwight 50-15 on the road. Eight is Great- The team won their eighth straight game to start the season. It was the teams second largest win of the year. Now at 8-0 the team has made the turn into the second half of the season undefeated and looks to finish the second half as strong as they started the first half.

The team was led offensively by Ty S. (8th) with 17 points. Ryan B. (8th) scored 9 points, Mirembe M-T (7th) scored 6 points and Nicholas M. (7th) and Coby W. (8th) each scored 4 points. Nicholas led the way with thirteen rebounds, Jack B. (8th) and Mirembe each had four assists. The team gets a much deserved four days off from basketball before practicing and gearing up for what could be their toughest challenge of the season when they take on league rival BWL at home next week.

The BFS Boys JV Basketball Team defeated Churchill 49-33 on the road. The team improved their record to 7-5 overall (5-1 in league play). They now have a three game winning streak. Luca J. led the way with 12 points, Kwesi S-C had 11 points, and Anthony H. finished with 8 points. Another solid all around defensive performance. Keep up the great work guys.

The BFS Boys Varsity Basketball Team defeated Churchill 61-50 on the road. The Panthers were led by senior Quran D. as he scored 22 points, had 6 assists, and 5 steals. Junior Brendan G. scored 12 points. Senior Chris B. scored 8 points and pulled in10 rebounds, and senior Will H. scored 9 points and had 3 rebounds. Junior forward Charlie S. had just 3 points, but contributed in other ways grabbing 9 rebounds and dishing out 3 assists. Fellow junior Sam F. played great perimeter defense while picking up 3 rebounds and a steal. Next game is tomorrow vs ISAL rival BWL. Currently the Panthers are in 2nd place in the ISAL standings at 6-1 while BWL is 6-2 and in 3rd place.

Week in Review Jan. 4-8, 2016

On Wednesday the MS Boys Basketball Team defeated Garden School 61-20 in the lower gym.  It was the team’s first game action after the winter break. Fourteen players paled in the resounding win. There were contributions throughout the line-up. The scoring was lead by Jack B. (8th) with 14 points. Other key contributors were Mirembe M-T (7th) 10pts., Ty S. (8th) 8pts. and Coby W. (8th) with 6 points. Aside from their scoring Jack, Mirembe, and Ty all had tremendous all around games. To go with his 14 points, Jack also had 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals. Mirembe finished with 10 points, 4 boards, 4 assist, and 7 steals, the seven steals was a season high for Mirembe, and ties a team high which has been done two other times. Ty had a stat line of 8 points, 6 boards, 1 assist, and 4 steals.

Although there were a few good individual efforts, it was the overall team effort that was the standout in this big victory. The 61 points scored is a season high for the team. The team pulled in 51 total rebounds for the second straight game and has had fifty boards in three of their last four outings, and in four out of six overall. And finally the team passed the ball effectively well to rack up 16 total assists which ties the season high for the team. The team remains undefeated. Blue Pride!!

The MS Boys Basketball Team defeated Garden School 36-26 on the road. The team got off to slow start and found themselves trailing 8-2 after the 1st quarter. The girls battled back to take the lead on a three pointer by Kaley B., team’s first three pointer of the season. From then on the defense tightened up and the offense took care of business and dominated throughout for the come from behind victory. The team remains undefeated. Blue Pride!!

The Indoor Track Team participated in their second meet of the season at the 168th Street Armory. BFS had two athletes compete in the Ivy League Prep Schools Meet. Junior Miles N. placed 2nd in his heat in the 600M race with a time of 1:36:55 which placed him 13th overall out of 48 total competitors. Freshman Emmanuel B-S placed 7th in his heat in the 600M race with a time of 1:44:08 which placed him 34th out of 48 total competitors. This was his first indoor track meet and he learned a valuable lesson about pacing. He started off strong in his race but went out way to fast and paid for it at the end of the race, lesson learned. Miles competed later in the 300M race placing 3rd in his heat with a time of 40:04 which placed him 5th overall out of 48 total competitors. He gave everything he had in both races and I was very proud of his performance. It was great to see Emmanuel get out on the track as well. Way to go BFS.

On Thursday the Boys Varsity Basketball Team defeated MMFS 61-38 on the road at Basketball City. It was a wire to wire ISAL league victory. The Panthers were led by Junior guard Brendan G. who scored 18 points, while senior guard Quran D. scored 13 points, had 11 assists, and 6 steals. The Panthers junior front court tandem of Charlie S., had 10 points and 12 rebounds, 6 assists while Phil C., scored 7 points and 4 rebounds. Senior guard Will H., scored 6 points. And junior forward/center Malik D., scored 4 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 blocks. Blue Pride!!

On Friday the BFS Boys JV Basketball Team defeated Garden School 60-46 on the road.
The team improved their overall record to 5-5 to get back to .500. After an early struggle to get the offense going with a 7-7 score after the first quarter, the Panthers explodes for 53 more points through the next three quarters. They were lead by point guard Kobe C. who finished with a game high and season 18 points. While Kwesi C-S. helped out off the bench chipping in with 15 points and a was monster on the glass. Also playing well for the BFS were Luca J. and Anthony H. who each added in 10 points respectively. The team looks to improve on their 3-1 league record when they are back in action on Tuesday.

Week in Review Dec. 7-11, 2015

On Monday the MS Girls Basketball Team defeated Berkeley Carroll 23-12 on the road in their season opener. The returning 8th graders controlled the temperament throughout the game. They played solid defense and moved the ball well on the offensive end. This allowed the new comers time to get a feel for the game. The 8th graders broke the game open during the third quarter and BFS never looked back. Blue Pride!!

The MS Boys Basketball Team  also defeated Berkeley Carroll 51-38 on the road in their season opener. It was an impressive road win. After being on hand to watch the MS Girls secure their first win of the season, the boys finished the double header sweep with a strong performance. Thirteen players participated in the game for BFS and there were contributions from everyone. The scoring was lead by Ty S. (8th) with 15 points and Mirembe M-T (7th) with 11 points while coming up with five steals each. There were also strong contributions from 8th graders Lewis W., Finn S., and Jack B. who scored 9, 7 and 5 points respectively. Along with his 5 points Jack also led the team with a team high 5 assists. The team brought in 52 total rebounds during the game. The rebounding leaders were Finn (8th) with 9 boards, Nicholas M. (7th) with 8 boards, as well as Mirembe and Max B. (8th) who had 7 boards apiece. Blue Pride!!

Also on Monday, the Boys JV Basketball Team defeated Birch Wathen Lenox 45-44 in the lower gym. What a thrilling and exciting way to get to get the first win of the season!. The JV Team won in a hard fought nail biter. The team was lead by Luca J., with 14 points going 6-8 at the free throw line. Not too far behind was Jailen L. whose shooting touch from the outside helped keep the BWL defense at bay with his 9 points. Kwesi C-S added 8 points to help the BFS offensive attack. Kobe C. and Hasanti K. scored with 6 points each, along with Oliver S-P with 2 points. It was a great hard nosed effort from the whole team to grind out there first win of the season and in conference play. Blue Pride!!

Another Monday highlight was the Boys Varsity Basketball Team win over Birch Wathen Lenox, 64-52, in the lower gym. The game was close throughout. The team pulled away during the 4th quarter to notch the league victory. The Panthers were led by senior Quran D., who scored game high 18 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, and 6 steals. Juniors Brendan G. and Charlie S. each tallied 14 points, including four three pointers apiece. Senior Chris B., had 10 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 block. Blue Pride!!

GirlsHoopsOn Tuesday the Girls Varsity Basketball Team defeated Bay Ridge Prep 35-19 in the lower gym to pick up their first win of the season. The team got off to a good start.  Junior guard Silvely A. scored 4 points, while senior guard Sierra V. knocked down a sweet three points, and senior forward Xianna Q. added two points during the first quarter of action. During the second quarter Silvely scored three more points, Sierra added two more on a nice drive to the hoop, and sophomore Rosemary D-L-C and junior Arielle V-D-E each had 2 points.  BFS led 19 to 8 at the half. In the second half both teams battled and went after it. Bay Ridge Prep kept attacking and every time BFS had an answer. During the third quarter, Silvely added four more points to her total, and Xianna, who had her best game of her career, added two more points. Junior Ivy L., fresh off the injured list, had her first two points of the season.  During the fourth and final quarter Silvely scored two more points to add to her game high total of 13 points. Rosemary, Arielle, and sophomore Jonae each had two points.  Everyone contributed to this league victory. The coach was very happy with the team’s performance on both ends of the court. Junior Lexi S. and the rest of the team played solid defense throughout. Whether this teams wins or loses they are always smiling and improving each game. Blue Pride!!

On Wednesday the Boys JV Basketball Team defeated Friends Seminary 42-30 on the road. Defense, Defense, Defense. That was the calling card of the team during this game. Keeping their opponent from taking good shots and forcing them to take many tough shots, while also cleaning the up the glass with authority. The team was led by some slick shooting from newcomer Jailen L. who finished with 10 points and beat the shot clock twice to keep the momentum rolling for BFS. Not too far behind was fellow newcomer and starting point guard Kobe C. who grabbed just as many rebounds as points ending up with 7 and was a force on defense end. Coming off the bench and being the spark he needed to be, Kwesi C-S added in 9 points for the Panthers. Others such as Luca J. added in 7 points and some great moves around the basket. While Zain O. and Oliver S-P chipped in with 5 and 4 points, respectively. It was a great team win. Keep up the great work and finish the week strong.

Also on Wednesday, the MS Boys Basketball Team defeated Leman Prep 42-24 on the road. The team took a short trip over the bridge and came away with a huge win in their second outing of the season. Due to school related music performances the team (usually 18 students) was cut in half and went short handed with only nine players to Lehman. Those “Non-stop Nine” came away with a really impressive victory for their second win (and second road win) of the young season. Each of the nine saw extended minutes and for many of them made the most of it. Some opening the eyes of the coaches and fans in attendance. The team was led offensively by the eighth grade veterans. Lewis W. (8th) led the way with 9 points while Aja M. (8th) scored 8 and Coby W. (8th) added 7 points. All nine players scored at least 1 point during the game. Along with his eight points Aja completely dominated the glass as he pulled in a game high 15 rebounds. As always rebounding was a total team effort and the Panthers pulled down a total of 48 rebounds while playing at a considerable height disadvantage.

Another Wednesday win went to the MS Girls Basketball Team, defeated Leman Prep 22-12 in the lower gym. The team got off to a slow start versus their opponent — the offense came slow but defense was tight from the onset. The newcomers came off the bench and held the opponents until our veterans (8th graders) got back in the game and defense and offense worked well together. the veterans (8th graders) were able to put together a string of baskets led by Kaley B., Libby S., & Salma M., Jessie R. and Kennedy W. helped anchor the attack. Jessie controlling the boards, while Kennedy pressuring the ball.

Our basketball teams had five victories on Friday. The Girls Varsity Basketball Team defeated Garden School  24-6 on the road. The team was looking to pick up a win going into the winter break.  Both teams got off to a slow start, a real slow start.  BFS found themselves up 5-2 after one quarter of play. Ivy L. and Kasey J. each scored a basket, while Silvely A. hit a free throw. Both team continued to struggle during the second quarter as both baskets seemed to have a lid on them. But both team continued working to score and both teams were smiling as some of there shots rolled in and out. Ivy scored another basket and Kasey made a free throw. So it was 8-4 at the half in BFS’ favor. The team needed to pick it up in the second half and they did. They turned up the defense and started to move the ball a little better on offense. Senior Sierra V. scored her first basket of the game, followed by another basket by Ivy, and Silvely scored her first basket of the game.  BFS held their opponent scoreless during the third quarter with some very nice solid defense. Going into the final quarter BFS had a ten pint lead (14-4). Sierra and Ivy each scored again, while Naomi M. and Rosemary D-L-C scored their first baskets of the game. The intensity picked up during the third quarter and carried over into the fourth quarter. It was nice to see the team step up during the second half and pick up the much important league victory going into the break. Ivy led the way with 8 points, followed by Sierra with 4 points. Blue Pride!!

The MS Girls Basketball Team defeated BHMS 18-16 on the road. The team was caught in a gritty nail biter from beginning to the end, the BFS offense was dominated by Libby S. and Salma M., the boards were fought for by Jessie R., Kaley B. Kennedy W. stole multiple balls and made passes to the bigs to pull out the gritty two point victory. The reserves continue to learn & spell the seniors when the time is right

The MS Boys Basketball Team defeated BHMS 55-24 on the road. The team recorded their third consecutive win. The impressive win was led by great offensive play and defensive dominance. The eight grade veterans offensive dominance allowed the seventh graders to enjoy plenty of playing time. The team was led by Lewis W. (8th) with 11 points, Max B. ( 8th) with 12 rebounds, and Jack B. (8th) with 7 steals and 5 assist. Eight grader Jonathan L. recorded a career high 8 rebounds to go along with his 1 block. Seventh grader Mirembe M-T  also had a career night as he recorded 5 points and 6 steals. Collectively everyone played well and was extremely impressive.

The Boys JV Basketball Team defeated Rudolph Steiner 54-26 in the lower gym. The team shut down their opponent with another great defensive performance. The Panthers were dominate starting in the 2nd quarter where they took a three point lead and turned it into a 16 point halftime lead. The team was led by Anthony H. who had 10 points and had almost as many steals. Scoring was tough to come by for Steiner because of a stifling 1-3-1 defense played by BFS.

The Boys Varsity Basketball Team defeated Garden School 74-38 on the road. The team picked up the the win wire to wire fashion. The Panthers were led by Junior Phil C. who scored a season high 20 points, had 17 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Fellow junior Brendan G. scored 17 points and senior Quran D. scored 10 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, dished 7 assists, and had 5 steals. Junior Malik D. starred with 17 points and 11 rebounds, and fellow junior Isaac H. was back in action in full force with scored 8 points and 15 rebounds. Blue Pride!!

The Indoor Track Team participated in its first meet of the young season. Junior Miles N. was the only member who was ready to step in and participate in Ivy League Meet. He ran the 300M race which was second to last in the meet before the relays. We had to wait around until late in the evening before his event. It turned out that the wait was well worth it. Based on his time in this event from two years ago, he was seeded 2nd in the first heat. He lowered that time by 3 seconds with a time of 39.71. He placed second in his heat and second overall out of a field of 44 total runners. Well done for his first meet of the season…. Blue Pride!!

Week in Review  Nov. 30 – Dec. 4, 2015

On Monday the Boys Varsity Basketball Team defeated Bay Ridge Prep 84-67 in the lower gym. The team pulled away late in the 4th quarter in a closely contested game. The Panthers were led by senior Quran D, who scored game high 32 points, 7 assists, and 6 steals. Junior Brendan G. scored 28 points — 26 of them in the 2nd half. Senior Chris B. had 5 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 blocks. Other contributors were junior Malik D., with 3 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 blocks, and junior Charlie S., who added 3 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 assists. Blue Pride!!

Week in Review Nov. 23 -27, 2015

On Monday the Boys Varsity Basketball Team defeated Saint Ann’s 60-30 in the lower gym. It was an impressive victory against a local rival to start the season. The Panthers Senior Quran D. led the Panthers, scoring a game high 17 points, with 7 assists and 7 steals in three quarters of action. Junior Brendan G. scored 12 points, and had 5 steals. Senior Chris B. had 8 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Other contributors were junior Malik D., with 4 points, 5 rebounds and a block, and fellow junior Charlie S. with 11 points and 6 rebounds. Blue Pride!!