Gabe Peraino ’22: The boys varsity basketball team headed into the final week before the holiday break with their first two home games of the season.

On Tuesday, December 14th, Romeo hosted their first home game of the season against the Oxford Wildcats.

The Bulldogs entered the contest with a 1-1 record to begin the season; an opening game, double digit loss to the Dakota Cougars then a two point victory against the Anchor Bay Tars. Oxford, after experiencing such horrible tragedy, challenged the Bulldogs with their big men.

Romeo entered the game without one of their key pieces, Timothy Kewley ‘23, who shined throughout all of last season. After losing him, Romeo needed to adjust to Oxford’s dominance under the basket.

The game began with Oxford taking advantage of the Romeo big men, scoring most of their points in the paint. Romeo responded with multiple baskets scored by Logan Rolfs ’22.

Throughout the entire first half, Romeo kept trying to run motion plays to potentially create open shots on the wing. The Wildcat defense stood tall and caused the Bulldogs to make lots of mental mistakes. At the half, Oxford led Romeo by multiple scores.

Coming out of the half, Romeo tried to slow down the pace of the game again with lots of motion plays led by senior Jozef Modlinski ‘22 and sophomore Aidan Tague ‘24. But nothing changed from the first two quarters with Oxford creating lots of Bulldog turnovers. As the Wildcats kept feeding their big men, and because of that, they created some three point shots that ultimately extended their lead to double digits heading into the fourth quarter.

Romeo needed to change something to change the momentum of the game. As the final quarter began, Romeo switched to a full court trap defensive formation to hopefully make Oxford turn the ball over.

The new plan worked as the Bulldogs climbed back into the game one basket at a time. With less than three minutes in the game, Oxford’s lead fell to only three.

Both teams down the stretch just couldn’t score. The opportunities became very present as both teams missed on any open lanes or shots at the free throw lines.

With less than a minute to go, Oxford finally got a basket to give them a five point lead. Romeo then threw up a desperation heave which allowed Oxford another easy breakaway to ultimately win the game.

The final score of the game showed the Oxford Wildcats defeating the Romeo Bulldogs 50-43. Despite a tough loss, the Bulldog and Wildcat fans all stood in applause to respect the players and families who went through so much during the last few weeks and that playing this game hopefully brought a little bit of light.

The Bulldogs needed to change things quickly to compete with some bigger teams on their schedule. More importantly, they needed it for the Crusaders that Thursday.

On Thursday, December 16th, the Bulldogs welcomed the L’Anse Creuse North Crusaders for their final home game before their break.

Again, Romeo struggled to keep up and stand tall on defense. By the end of the first half, the Crusaders led by ten. From then on, the Bulldogs struggled.

Communication and the defense completely fell apart throughout the final two quarters of the game. At the end of the final quarter, L’Anse Creuse North defeated Romeo 56-33.

“I think turnovers and rebounding is what’s costing us these games. We need to fix it up fast,” Maxxin Guinn ‘23 said.

With two very ugly performances during the week,the Bulldogs need to regroup and gain some trust in one another during holiday break. When school returns, Romeo’s next game takes place on January 7th against Warren Mott.

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