The Irish basketball team carried their momentem forward on Friday night with a big win over Buffalo on Senior night. The game started off with an electric atmosphere highlighted by the return of Senior Lincoln Jones who had been out since October 6th after suffering a torn ACL in a home football game against Rogersville. Lincoln not only started the game but led off the scoring for the Irish on a back-door cut assisted by fellow senior Ian Cochran.
The Irish never slowed down, jumping out to a 20-10 lead after the first quarter. Junior Jake Branham caught fire in the 2nd grabbing seven steals and converting 17 points in the process during the quarter. Branham finished with a game-high, career-high, 44-points in only three quarters of play. His effort was not only the 2nd highest total in Irish boys basketball history but also allowed him to reach the coveted 1,000 point mark for his career.
Branham was backed up by a host of fellow Irish with strong efforts. Charlie O'Reilly had 7 assists and 5 rebounds, Ian Cochran came through with 10 points and 5 rebounds, Tyson Riley had 10 points and 6 boards, and Michael Manzardo was welcomed back into action with 7 points. The team effort of 23 assists was the largest of the '17/'18 season.
The boys will wrap up their regular season with a home game against Stockton next Thursday (2/15).