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On this gorgeous Austin evening, Acton Academy and Kipp prepared to face off in their third preseason game. Both teams were anxious to see how they stacked up against one another as the tension rose in the gym. One by one, the starters lined up for the jump ball and before anyone knew it, the game started.
In the opening minutes of the game, both teams fought hard and traded bucket after bucket. It felt as if both teams were just waiting for the opening to take charge of the game and bust the game wide open. That opening came with the Eagles' fatigue.
After the opening 6 minutes of the game, you could tell the lack of a bench was a problem for Acton, and Kipp recognized that. They used their depth to their advantage and out worked the Eagles. By the end of the first half, Acton had fallen behind by double digits and Kipp was in full control of the game.
The second half started out well for the Eagles as they went on a run to start the period off, however, the success was short lived as Kipp was able to widen their lead with great hustle play. In the end, Kipp won handily with a 30 point victory over Acton.
Overall, Kipp had a great game. Every lineup they put on the court was productive on the offensive and defensive end. It was great to watch a team with such good chemistry play to their strengths in all aspects of the game.
On the other side, the Eagles had the best game of their preseason. The team as a whole is starting to gel, and it shows. This was the first game where Acton felt like a cohesive unit with good chemistry. It was great to see them start to get back on track.
In the end, both teams played their hearts out and their love for the game was apparent. Each team showed respect for the other on and off the court with congratulations on a game well played and well wishes for the other team in their next contest.
In the early evening of a beautiful Austin day, the LASA Raptors and the Acton Eagles prepared for tip-off in the second game of their preseason. As both teams transitioned from their pregame routines to the final preparations, you could tell the players were itching to get the game started, and they got their wish after a few minutes of difficulties. The refs called the starting 5s for each team onto the court and the first whistle was blown as the ball was thrown in the air, signaling the start of the game.
The Raptors started strong on an 11-0 run to open up the game as they drained shot after shot, forcing Acton's coach to call an early timeout. However, the timeout did little to stop LASA's momentum as they continued their dominance, scoring at will with awesome half court and transition offense, creating major advantages on both the offensive and defensive boards, while playing suffocating defense on the other end of the court, holding the Eagles to 2 points through the first half. When the buzzer sounded at the end of the half, the Raptors had more than a 35 point advantage over the Eagles.
The second half started and the entire energy of the game shifted. The Eagles came out with a new purpose, they were aggressive on both sides of the ball and seemed like a different team altogether. They turned what felt like could be a 70 point blowout into a game that had a competitive second half. The Raptors still had control throughout the game and played a great second half, but the game just had a different feel to it. However, the Raptors still won the second half, adding to their already healthy lead, and when it was all set and done the Raptors finished the game in a dominant fashion, winning the contest 61-16.
Overall, the Raptors played an amazing game. They were able to get to the paint at will and control the pace of the game. They scored from the 3, the mid-range, and the paint at extremely high levels while playing outstanding defense during the game. LASA is a well-oiled machine, and it showed.
For Eagles fans, the second half of this game should give you a lot of hope. In a game where they were missing their best player, the Eagles were able to keep pace with a good Raptors team. Additionally, the development from the last game to this game was significant, even if the score did not reflect it. If the Eagles can realize their potential, we saw today that they will be scary come playoff time.
After the game, both teams showed great sportsmanship as they both formed lines and congratulated the opposing team on a game well played. Then, just as soon as the two teams filled the court, they left it.