Alconbury salvages split with AFNORTH with Saturday sweep
By WILLIAM HOWARD | STARS AND STRIPES Published: December 8, 2018
RAF ALCONBURY, England — Alconbury’s boys and girls basketball teams rebounded from Friday losses to AFNORTH to earn a couple of close wins Saturday afternoon.
The Dragons earned a nail-biting 34-29 win against the Lions after losing by a point the night before.
Team veteran Kira Thorne and rookie Alynna Palacios led their team to a victory coming down to the final seconds.
Thorne scored 10 points and had nine rebounds and Palacios had 11 points, eight rebounds and the final score of the game.
“It was a surprise and I’m lucky I made the layup,” Palacios said. “I was having issues through that game, so it just felt good to do something right.”
AFNORTH senior Josie Bosch led her team with 13 points, followed by her teammate Ashley Bailey with nine.
Alconbury escaped with a 37-34 win against AFNORTH thanks to crafty possession and rebounded foul shots in the final seconds of the game.
“When we measure up to someone that we play back-to-back, we see the first night what we can adapt to,” Alconbury coach Ramon Palacios said. “My assistant coaches adapt and react to figure out a new game plan with me.”
The Dragons tried to hold the ball and run out the remaining seconds which led to Logan Kinsley getting purposefully fouled by AFNORTH center Zachary Snider to stop the clock. It was Snider’s fifth foul, which was a blow to the Lions.
Kinsley went on to miss his foul shot, get the rebound and draw another foul, and then rebound his next missed foul shot.
With only seconds left in the game, AFNORTH finally took possession and James Barata launched a three-pointer to tie the game but missed the shot.
Even without team leader Spencer Swapp, who’s out for a rolled ankle until next week, the Dragons were able to maintain their motivation and dwindling lead through each quarter. They were up by eight points in the first quarter, six in the second and five in the third.
Alconbury guard Will Besterman finished with 15 points, eight rebounds and five steals in his team’s victory. Derick Caples also had 14 points, three assists and two steals for Alconbury.
Lasse Bohlen had 12 points and 12 rebounds and Barata had four points, four assists and six steals for AFNORTH.