Mesa was neck in neck with our longtime enemies, the Estancia Eagles. It seemed dim for the Mustangs as the Eagles kept scoring, coming in strong during this first quarter. The score kept on doubling on the Eagles side. The Estancia side of the court was exploding in cheers and foot stomps, ripping down the signs that their ASB made and waving them at the Mesa side, jeering and smirking. Suddenly, with a burst of intense energy, varsity seniors Noah JeyaRajah and Andrew Ziegler shot a respective two pointer and three pointer, taking the score to 6-8 and thrusting the Mustangs in the lead for the rest of the game.
On Wednesday night, the annual Battle of the Bell Boys Basketball games took place, with all three Mesa teams taking the coveted bell home. With Coach Dan Krikorian's support from the sideline, the varsity team defeated the Eagles with a score of 47 to 56.
Intensity filled the air of the gym as the two long standing enemies filled the stands. Although these Battle of the Bell games are traditionally meant to foster friendly competition between the two schools, the rivalry often borders on hostile. Plastered all around the walls of the gym were signs that cheered on favorite players and boasted the prowess of the Eagles' basketball teams, with sayings such as "Your mom called. She said you left your game at home."
Key players include junior, Daniel Azurin, who scored a total of 14 points, junior, Kyle Hefner, who scored a total of 11 points, and senior, Andrew Ziegler, who scored a total of 12 points.
The first quarter started off in favor of the Eagles, but with Ziegler's and JeyaRajah's scores it became Mesa's round. Starters Sean Comer, Hefner, Azurin, Wyatt Ferris, and Jeyarajah began the game with intense energy, and the quarter ended with a score of 9 to 12.
The second quarter started off intensely as Estancia crept ahead, gaining an initial two points as the clock began. Instead of allowing overconfidence to take over, Mesa soon began to pad their score. With intense defense and offense from our Mustangs, the score ended in Mesa's favor, with a score of 16 to 28.
The break between the quarters featured a performance by the Estancia Cheer Squad. Cheerleaders from both teams entertained by back flipping across the court and spreading school spirit for each team
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The third quarter was equally disappointing for the Eagles. Although they gained an additional ten points, Mesa gained 15, ending the quarter with a score of 26 to 43.
The final quarter kept the Mustangs at the edge of their seats as Estancia crept ahead, gaining a total of 21 points. The Mustangs, refused to allow them to get ahead, playing with intensity and showcasing their basketball prowess.
As the last few seconds of the quarter started counting down, Estancia made desperate, feeble attempts to close the margin of the win.
Estancia hit nothing but net, and Mesa won the game, ending with a score of 47 to 56.
Written by Loralee Sepsey