Game Summaries & Headlines.
By Matthew Valle ‘21
BRONX, NY- When I heard the news that I was given the opportunity to cover my second Hayes basketball game I was excited; even more so when I witnessed our Hayesmen destroy Scanlan 73-57. A “scrappy team” defense and an offensive explosion led by Joe Toussaint ‘19 propelled the Cardinals to their third straight victory of the season.
The team had to overcome a severe difficulty early in the game when a vocal leader and offensive weapon Tyrese Williams ‘18 went down due to an undetermined injury with 4:37 remaining in the first quarter.
A difficult obstacle that might have led to a Hayes’ loss? Not a chance!
This setback didn’t stop the Cardinals as they marched forward by destroying Scanlan’s hopes of winning early in the game.
During this uncertain moment with Williams slowly rising from the gym floor, his teammates and the home crowd rallied behind their team giving them a morale boost.
It appeared that Hayes had another leader in Joe Toussaint ‘19.
Hayes’ swarming defense led to many Scanlan turnovers, which resulted in easy transition baskets.
Toussaint capitalized on Scanlan’s miscues by dropping nine out of his game-high 34 points in the first quarter.
The second quarter saw the same defensive-minded Cardinals only allow seven points. The turning point definitely occurred as the team and crowd rallied behind the defensive plays of Adam Cisse ‘19.
Scanlan had no answer for the roaring atmosphere as Hayes started to pull away. The team found themselves up 33-12 at one point towards the end of the quarter.
Behind their fluent offense, Hayes led at halftime 35-15.
With the lead expanding to 26 points in the third, Hayes continued to demolish Scanlan causing the Crusaders’ to appear as if they had given up.
Bucket after bucket, Toussaint showed his leadership by performing outstanding on both ends of the floor. He showed us he has what it takes to be the leader of the team next season.
The efforts of the dynamic pair of Jontai Williams ‘18 and Toussaint gave the Cardinals a comfortable lead ending the third quarter 50-35.
By the time the fourth quarter started, it seemed as if Scanlan got the wind knocked out of them. Hayes took full advantage and continued to put the pressure on them. This dominant team effort early in the season can be a sign of great things to come.