Senior Knight Sparks Upset
February 12, 2014By Daniel Morrison of Archbishop Alter High School
In front of a good crowd on Tuesday night, the Alter basketball hosted their final home game of the season. On Senior Night, Elder came up to Kettering looking to get their 18th win, but that did not happen. The five seniors on the team, Nate Burger, Kevin Brown, Keil Pitzer, Tanner Liggett, and Max Harnett were rewarded for their hard work and played the first two minutes of the game. Elder jumped off to a 5-0 start in that time period before the starters entered the floor. After the small deficit, Alter bounced back and tied the game at the half at 32 all. The 3rd quarter got underway with Alter pounding Elder 23-10 in the quarter and the Knights would never look back. Without starter Kraig Howe, the Knights were still able to put away the W. Michael Schwieterman didn't allow a size disadvantage to stop him from grabbing 10 rebounds over Elder. Keegan Saben, Nate Burger, Michael Schwieterman, and Dean Lemon all scored double digits. This Alter team will be a dangerous one when the tourney starts next Thursday against Monroe. Alter finishes off the regular season Feb 13 at the Nutter Center against Carroll and then varsity will travel to West Virginia to play national powerhouse, Hunington Prep on Saturday.
The Alter freshman team had their 13 game winning steak snapped by falling to Elder 61-49. This squad's only losses on their season were to St.Xavier and Elder. Their record is 18-2. However, the team has won the GCL Co-ed and look to sweep the North and Central by beating Carroll on Thursday.
The JV team sparked a 4th quarter rally after trailing by 2 at the half to defeat Elder. Joe Laravie dropped 21 points and Dom Laravie scored 18 points including going 12/14 from the FT line. Andy Riazzi had 9 points and Ryan Markoff added 7 points in the final three minutes in the game as well. The JV has a big rival game against Carroll on Thursday. The winner of the game will win the GCL co-ed. Alter JV lost to the Patriots last time by two at Carroll.