MSD men’s varsity basketball team win 62-57 in home game against Piper High School


Quinn Braun

Point guard Diego Rodriguez (1) defends the ball against a player from J.P. Taravella High School in a home gain on Dec. 9. MSD won 58-55.

Mateo Venero and Levi Goffstein

On Monday, Jan. 31, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School men’s varsity basketball team hosted the Piper High School Bengals at home in their last regular game of the 2021-2022 season. The Eagles came into the game undefeated at home with a record of 5-0.

The Eagles had a 16-3 overall record and looked great all season. MSD was very confident in the game as they were exceptional in passing the ball and creating space.

Piper started off very strong in the first quarter as their defense was doing well. MSD did not look too good during this time, yet they were able to tie the score at the end of the quarter at 13-13.

In the second quarter, the Eagles started playing better as point guard Sean Sucarichi (3) began scoring a lot as he was knocking down three-pointers and successfully driving into the paint.

The Eagles’ defense was also showing their defensive prowess with their great perimeter defense and closing out on drives.

“We had to show out for the crowd from our last home game,” shooting guard Ty Stevens (22) said.

The Eagles were winning at the end of the first half. Sucarichi was the leading scorer and was dominating the game with his defense.

As the third quarter started, center Wesley Aurelus (23) had an exceptional block, which hyped up the crowd and the team.

This defensive play led them to go on a 8-0 run and they slowly advanced their lead.

Point guard Diego Rodriguez (1) also had a good game and a layup that hyped up the crowd. The Eagles were up by eight and were starting to pull away with the game.

“The crowd being loud really motivated us to play as hard as we can,” guard Quincy Siffort (11) said.

The start of the fourth quarter arrived and MSD had to focus on their defense, but still score. Piper went on a run to tie the game, and the momentum flipped over to their side. However, their run was cut short as MSD’s aggressive defense paid off. This created opportunities for the men’s varsity team as they were able to execute their possessions, scoring on almost all of them.

MSD stepped up and won the game with an end score of 62-57. They were able to celebrate their last home game of the regular season and remain undefeated at home.

MSD will host Boca Raton High School at home on Tuesday, Feb. 8 for their first playoff game. The team finished off their regular season 17-3.