2012 HS Basketball – Wheat Ridge at Pomona

Typically, Friday night varsity hoops is at 7:00pm, but because of a dance before winter break, Pomona moved their game to 5:00pm against Wheat Ridge.  I have shot two other times in this gym before, once for volleyball and once for boys hoops.

December 14, 2012: Pomona Panther senior guard Mitch Colin (4) elevates for a jump shot against the Wheat Ridge Farmers on Friday night at Pomona High School.

December 14, 2012: Pomona Panther senior guard Mitch Colin (4) elevates for a jump shot against the Wheat Ridge Farmers on Friday night at Pomona High School.

I got to the gym early to mount my strobes.  Because I used my battery pack the night before, I knew I was going to need it again tonight, but it was not charged fully, so I finished charging it while I was setting everything up.  Previously, I mounted the strobes so I could bounce them, but this time I set them to direct strobe.

December 14, 2012: Pomona Panther senior guard Mitch Colin (4) elevates for a jump shot against the Wheat Ridge Farmers on Friday night at Pomona High School.

December 14, 2012: Pomona Panther senior guard Mitch Colin (4) elevates for a jump shot against the Wheat Ridge Farmers on Friday night at Pomona High School.

Honestly, this was a horrible night shooting.  No one seemed to realize I was trying to take pictures and would consistently stand right in front of me during action in the game.  It got so bad I had to yell at a group of JV players who blew a break away photo for me.  I was very close to just packing up my gear after the first quarter and going home.  It was frustrating to say the least.

December 14, 2012: Pomona Panther sophomore Ryan Ward (35) dribbles the ball in the Panthers game against the Wheat Ridge Farmers on Friday night at Pomona High School.

December 14, 2012: Pomona Panther sophomore Ryan Ward (35) dribbles the ball in the Panthers game against the Wheat Ridge Farmers on Friday night at Pomona High School.

The first game I shot with Pomona, they were not really ready for basketball.  Coming off a heartbreak loss to Ralston Valley in football and the team was not 100% ready yet for basketball with the football players just joining the team.

December 14, 2012: Wheat Ridge Farmer senior Noah Brookman (2) brings the ball up the court against the Pomona Panthers on Friday night at Pomona High School.

December 14, 2012: Wheat Ridge Farmer senior Noah Brookman (2) brings the ball up the court against the Pomona Panthers on Friday night at Pomona High School.

So a little over a week later, I was expecting to see a little better basketball from the Panthers in this game against Wheat Ridge.  Pomona has 6 seniors on their varsity squad, but they were not ready for Wheat Ridge.  The Farmers had a tough press to break, and their defense forced a lot of Pomona turnovers.

December 14, 2012: Wheat Ridge Farmer senior Tyler Kubasta (11) grabs a rebound in the game against the Pomona Panthers on Friday night at Pomona High School.

December 14, 2012: Wheat Ridge Farmer senior Tyler Kubasta (11) grabs a rebound in the game against the Pomona Panthers on Friday night at Pomona High School.

In the first quarter, the tough Wheat Ridge Farmer’s defense held Pomona to only 4 points.  The Farmer’s started the second quarter with a 18-4 lead.  Pomona started to play a bit better in the 2nd quarter, holding Wheat Ridge to 11 points and scoring 11 of their own, but going into halftime, Wheat Ridge had a 29-15 lead.

December 14, 2012: Wheat Ridge Farmer sophomore Jordan Jones (24) takes the ball to the hoop against the Pomona Panthers on Friday night at Pomona High School.

December 14, 2012: Wheat Ridge Farmer sophomore Jordan Jones (24) takes the ball to the hoop against the Pomona Panthers on Friday night at Pomona High School.

When the second half started, Pomona was outmatched by the Farmers, but the Panthers held Wheat Ridge to just 11 points.  Starting the 4th quarter, Wheat Ridge held a commanding 18 point lead.   The Farmers held the Panthers down, holding them to 12 points in the final period and would go on to win 54 to 34.

December 14, 2012: Wheat Ridge Farmer senior Noah Brookman (2) passes the ball in the game against the Pomona Panthers on Friday night at Pomona High School.

December 14, 2012: Wheat Ridge Farmer senior Noah Brookman (2) passes the ball in the game against the Pomona Panthers on Friday night at Pomona High School.

I have two Pomona games next week, one at Pomona and one against Arvada West at Arvada West High.  I hope Pomona finds their groove, as it could be a long season for the Panthers if things continue this way.

December 14, 2012: Wheat Ridge Farmer senior Stefan Pryzbylo (15) reaches back to grab a rebound against the Pomona Panthers on Friday night at Pomona High School.

December 14, 2012: Wheat Ridge Farmer senior Stefan Pryzbylo (15) reaches back to grab a rebound against the Pomona Panthers on Friday night at Pomona High School.

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