2017-02-16 / Sports

Nouvel cagers down FIA, 62-55

By Lamont Lenar


Thomas Ready scores for Nouvel, driving in for the layup over the Flint International defender on Feb. 10. 
Photo by Lamont Lenar Thomas Ready scores for Nouvel, driving in for the layup over the Flint International defender on Feb. 10. Photo by Lamont Lenar The Nouvel Catholic Central boys’ basketball team moved its record to 7-7 on the season after beating Flint International Academy 62-55 on Friday, Feb. 10. The Panthers have gone 3-2 in their last five games.

Nouvel jumped out to a 7-0 lead to open the game, but Flint International came back with a 13-3 run to take the lead at the end of the first quarter, 14-10.

The Phoenix then scored the first two buckets of the second quarter to take a 19-10 lead. The Panthers went on a 10-2 run to get within a point, 21-20. Flint International then scored a bucket but Nouvel took the lead on a field goal and two free throws from Christian Haraga for the 24-23 advantage.

Flint International hit the next basket for its final lead of the night. The Panthers then scored 11 straight points, with the Phoenix scoring a three before the buzzer, giving Nouvel the 35-28 lead at the half.


Christian Haraga battles for the rebound in Nouvel’s Feb. 10 game against Flint International Academy. Haraga led the Panthers with 21 points. 
Photo by Lamont Lenar Christian Haraga battles for the rebound in Nouvel’s Feb. 10 game against Flint International Academy. Haraga led the Panthers with 21 points. Photo by Lamont Lenar The two squads played a tight third period with Flint outscoring Nouvel 16-14 in the quarter to get within five points 49-44 going into the fourth.

The Phoenix scored the first four points in the final period to pull within one, but then the Panthers scored the next three baskets to pull ahead 55-48, and went on to finish the game off at 62-55.

Nouvel coach Michael Kessler said he was proud of the team for being resilient. The Panthers were only able to dress seven players for the game due to illness and injury. Coach Kessler stated when they played with energy, they played well.

Christian Haraga led Nouvel with 21 points. Miguel Monroy had 16, with Thomas Ready scoring nine.



Paolo Diola shoots the long jumper over the defender for Nouvel in its 62-55 win over Flint International Academy on Feb. 10. 
Photo by Lamont Lenar Paolo Diola shoots the long jumper over the defender for Nouvel in its 62-55 win over Flint International Academy on Feb. 10. Photo by Lamont Lenar

Nouvel Panther Isiah Rosales draws contact on a drive against Flint International on Jan. 10. 
Photo by Lamont Lenar Nouvel Panther Isiah Rosales draws contact on a drive against Flint International on Jan. 10. Photo by Lamont Lenar

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