It was a game filled with drama, emotion, and trash talking. Maranatha center Trevor Stanback was going against his former team, and the “cage” wasn’t so welcoming. Early into the game Stanback was receiving chants such as “we don’t miss you”. Chaminade was without its best defensive big man Joel Loth, as he was starring in the school play on Saturday night. Coach Todd Woflson could have used Loth, as Bar Milo was in foul trouble for a majority of the second half. Despite the Eagles keeping it close for a majority of the game, the Minutemen won 85-60.
The Eagles struggled all night from three-point land, where they did a majority of their damage on the offensive end this season. They went 3-19 from three, and scored most of their points on drives by Mike Oguine and Jordan Ogundiran.
Aidan Dolan started the Eagles’ quick 5-0 run to start the game, and then Tyler Dorsey, the University of Oregon commit awakened. After starting off slow, Dorsey led the Minutemen on a 13-0 run. Stanback got into foul trouble early into the second quarter, and things got worse for the 6’10” rim protector. On a dunk attempt early in the third quarter, Stanback was fouled by the University of Miami football commit Milo. This started a series of little scraps between Milo and the Minutemen players. Stanback was down for quite some time, and did not return until about half way through the fourth.
Despite Dorsey’s continued lights out shooting, the Eagles were able to hang around behind Oguine and Ogundiran. Chaminade cut the Maranatha lead down to four, but Dorsey refused to let up. Stanback’s return gave Maranatha some needed energy and momentum, and the Minutemen rode that momentum until the end of the game, as Dorsey finished a career night with a one-handed slam that made the Maranatha crowd go absolutely wild. As the buzzer rang the Minutemen student section stormed the court.
Dorsey finished with a career high 52 points, on a ridiculous 14-18 from the field, including 7-9 from long range.
Oguine and Ogundiran combined for 44 points and 19 rebounds. Both of these two guards played their last games in a high school jersey, and received tons of praise on twitter from their fellow classmates after the game, as deserved. Oguine finished with the most points in a season in Chaminade basketball history, and will play at the University of Montana next season. He finished the season averaging 21.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.9 steals, and will likely receive some awards from the L.A. Times and Daily News after the season.
“I can’t describe how thankful I am to all the people at this school who welcomed me into their Chaminade family two years ago,” Oguine reflected on his career at Chaminade. “I’ve encountered some of the most selfless people I’ve ever been around here at Chamiande and the way they’ve treated me is truly remarkable and it’s something that I’ll never forget. From coaches to teachers to administrators to students, my life has been positively impacted by all sorts of people here. Chaminade will always have a special place in my heart and I wouldn’t have liked to end my high school career anywhere else but here at this school”
After losing eight players from last year’s roster, the Eagles played with toughness and hustle every game to make up for their limited talent. Chaminade finished with a record of 22-11, and will lose six players from this year’s team, including four starters.
Coach Todd Wolfson was definitely proud of this year’s team, as he tweeted this picture after the game:
The boys’ season may be over, but the girls’ team, who happens to be ranked no. 2 in the country, is still alive in the open division state playoffs. They play Tuesday at home against Clovis high school.