Druid Hills takes down Marist on Senior Night

by Kerry King

During Senior Night at Druid Hills High School, the Red Devils defeated the Marist War Eagles 58-47 in boys basketball action.

Druid Hills’ boys’ team has six seniors on it, and the Red Devils got big contributions from their veteran players on Senior Night. In fact, Druid Hills’ top two scorers were both seniors and combined for 32 points in the 9-point win. 

The first quarter started even, with both teams going back and forth. A steal and layup from Nick Majors made the score 4-2 to the hosts and got the crowd going early. It was followed by another layup from senior Keshawn Evans, but Marist kept the score tight after Garrett Ledford converted the free throw off of an and-1, making the score 6-5. However, Druid Hills would give themselves a bit of a cushion after a reverse layup and a 3-pointer from David Sledge made the score 11-5 just before the end of the quarter.

Druid Hills’ senior Harry Gewirtz was a threat from 3-point range throughout the night. He got his first at the start of the second quarter to make the score 14-5. Shortly afterward, Gewirtz scored five points in fifteen seconds, including a deep three that drew chants of his name from the crowd. Both teams traded blows, but Evans strong post play was evident. His impressive pump fake and layup gave the Red Devils a 12-point advantage at one point, the largest of the game. The first half would conclude with Druid Hills enjoying a 27-19 lead.

The third quarter was evenly played out. Both teams got themselves 10 points, the score ending up 37-29. Highlights included a 3-pointer and impressive left-handed layup through traffic from Majors, and a fadeaway three from Marist’s Ben Ritger.

The fourth quarter was high scoring and it began with both teams making every shot they took during the opening 3½ minutes. During the flurry of buckets, Sledge got himself 6 points, Miguel Perea of Marist grabbed 4, and Gewirtz knocked down another 3-pointer. At this point, Druid Hills increased the defensive pressure, but Marist was still able force points against their hosts. Eventually, Marist matched  Druid Hills pressure, and for a short period, both teams struggled to make a basket. In the end, Druid Hills were able to maintain their lead, and the victory was sealed when Evans acrobatically tipped back a missed 3-pointer from Gewirtz, his total tally of points coming to 17. Gewirtz would finish with 15 points and Sledge 13. For the War Eagles, Perea led with 13 points of his own, Andrew Mclaughlin had 7.

Druid Hills is now 19-3 on the season and next travels to Stephenson High School Feb. 4 at 7 p.m.. Marist (15-7) will be in action at home Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. against Arabia Mountain High School.

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