Gold-Pastor’s Explosive Second Half Falls Just Short For B-CC
As the Bethesda Chevy-Chase Barons traveled to Montgomery Blair High School for Wednesday nights game a familiar face was pacing the Blair sideline. Blair coach Damon Pigrom manned the sidelines for the Barons for the last two seasons.
After two mediocre seasons he made the switch over to Blair and B-CC welcomed in Coach David Breslaw. As Wednesdays game began to unfold it seemed apparent that Pigrom’s familiarity with the Barons was going to propel his Blazers to victory. Blair got off to a hot start leading 23-12 after the first quarter. The Blazers zone seemed to stifle the Barons. The Barons spacing was poor and turnovers were being committed at an alarming rate. At the half B-CC trailed 36-24.
As the second half began it appeared that Breslaw said something in the locker room to inspire the Barons because a new team showed up in the second half. The Barons outscored Blair 18-6 in the third quarter and it was apparent that changes had been made on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. When asked about what transpired in the locker room during half-time B-CC senior forward Luc Sebrechts responded “we discussed spacing, we did a terrible job of attacking their zone in the first half and we really discussed proper spacing, having different players flash to the high post and trying to establish a high-low game so the defense would sag and our perimeter game could start popping.”
The perimeter game definitely started “popping”. B-CC connected on an astounding 11 3-balls after the break. The player who was the catalyst in this comeback was B-CC senior Ghedalia Gold-Pastor. Gold-Pastor who had 2 points at the half exploded for 30 second half points leaving the crowd in awe with his offensive arsenal. As the fourth quarter began B-CC trailed by only 2 points and the Barons looked rejuvenated.
With less then 2 minutes left the Barons came all the way back to take a 2 point lead. Blair quickly responded tying up the game and the Barons held the ball for the last shot, an errant desperation 3-pointer and the game headed for overtime. Blair drew first blood but Gold-Pastor just wouldn’t stop responding. The entire 4 minute overtime session was a recurring cycle of Blair buckets and Gold-Pastor 3-pointers. Gold-Pastor scored 14 points in the four minute overtime session including 4 triples but astoundingly it wasn’t enough. Blair outscored B-CC 20-17 in the frame to walk away with a 74-71 victory. Blair was led by Tucker Canary and Julian Smith-Jones who each scored 17. B-CC saw guards Phillip Brooks and Eric Tschiterer each connect on 4 3-balls for the sharp-shooting Barons.
The terrible first half won’t be remembered. Everyone in attendance will remember this game as a classic. Gold-Pastor put on a show in the second half and every time he scored Blair answered. When it was all said and done Coach Damon Pigrom walked away with the biggest smile in the building. David Breslaw has something to smile about too, Ghedalia Gold-Pastor is an emerging superstar.