By Deonta Watson-Gray
On Tuesday January 31, the Jv and Varsity basketball team faced off once again against the Affton Cougars. Starting at 5:30 the JV Boys game tipped off. From the start it was a pretty back and forth game. Neither team really got into a big run, or a big lead throughout the game. When the final buzzer sounded after 4 quarters the game was tied at 56-56. This would be about the 4th time this year the JV boys went into overtime this season. Throughout the OT regulation time the two teams once again went back and forth trading buckets. It came down to the final seconds when the Bulldogs had the ball and the Junior Guard Duane Patterson got called for a controversial push off call which allowed the Cougars to receive possession and score the game winning basket. After the game when I asked Duane how he felt about the call he said, “ that was the wackest call I’ve ever had called against me. These refs make the game so soft now. They pick and choose the calls they want to make which is not right. I definitely blame the refs for our loss”. A lot of the players felt the exact same way. The JV bulldogs are now looking to bounce back when they play Normandy on Thursday February 2nd. Soon after the JV boys suffered the lost the Varsity boys took the court. It was a highly anticipated game due to the fact that Berlin Roberson, the bulldogs Senior Point Guard, was approaching his 1,000 career high school points mark. Berlin was only 22 points away and the crowd knew he was gone do his best to get that mark. At tip off the Cougars got out to an early 6-0 lead when Coach Muhammad took an early timeout to get his team together. After the timeout the bulldogs got on a roll. The team played well as a whole but it was clear the bulldogs wanted their teammate to get that great milestone of 1,000 points. Berlin finished with 31 points 12 of which came from the 3-point line. When I asked Berlin how he felt about achieving this he said, “It’s a great feeling. I enjoyed every second of it. It’s been a long road and i’m glad I was able to achieve this a day before my birthday my senior year”. Everyone is happy for Berlin and his accomplishment. He has worked hard since freshman year to get to where he is now. There is nothing but great possibilities for him. Now the Varsity Bulldogs look forward to getting revenge on our rival the Normandy Vikings after suffering a lost against them earlier in the season. They will face off again today, February 2nd at 7:00 p.m.