Generals Basketball’s magical season comes to a close


Annabel Friedman

Senior Jahki Beale taking a shot late in the fourth quarter against Madison in the regional semifinals.

Halftime.  Generals down by nine.  The team has  been trailing all of the first half, never once having a lead.  As the second half starts, the Generals come out fierce.  In the third quarter, they take the lead by four points.  

As the game comes to a close, Madison reclaims the upper hand. The atmosphere in the gym is tense, the crowd is full of nervous looks and worried fans, but the Generals fight back.  With multiple clutch three pointers from junior Cedric Scheu and junior Brian Weiser, they tie the game, sending it into an intense overtime period.  

Ultimately, the Generals win 61-58, advancing to the regional finals for the first time in decades, through a nail-biting second half comeback. 

“I’m really happy because we were down by nine at halftime, and we came back in the end,”  first team all-region junior Brian Weiser said.  “Cedric [Scheu] hit a really big shot, to seal it, so I’m just really happy right now.”

Scheu hit the three pointer that put the Generals up 61-58.  Scheu put up 12 total points in the game, shooting 44.4% from behind the three point line, scoring four three pointers.  

“I’m very happy with how it [the game] ended,”  Scheu said.  “I think we played great tonight. A lot of my teammates played well throughout the course of the game, and yeah, it was a good team win.”  

There was effort all around which led  to the win on February 24.  Second team all-region player junior Elijah Hughes put up eight total points including four free throws.  Hughes also added 10 total rebounds and three steals.  Senior Jahki Beale had four total points and eight assists with four rebounds.  Senior Faris Webber scored 11 points on 55.6% shooting along with two deflections, one steal and one rebound.  First team all-region junior James McIntyre put up seven total points. He also had three rebounds, one assist, one  steal and one deflection.  Junior Brian Weiser, who also made first team all-region, led the team with 19 points on 61.5% shooting, making three three pointers. Weiser also contributed with seven assists, six rebounds, one block and a game high five steals.  Weiser’s defensive play anchored the team, helping to make the final stop.  

“I think we played really good in the second half,”  Weiser said.  “We played [a] really good defense, which helped us on the offensive end.”  

The Generals’ second half rally in the region semifinals against Madison advanced them to the regional finals against South Lakes on February 25. The Generals came up short in a hard-fought loss, but even so finished second in the region and moved on to the Class Six state tournament.  The Generals played Hayfield on March 4 at Hayfield  in the state quarterfinals.  The Generals put up a fight, but eventually fell to Hayfield, 51-56, ending their dominant season.  The Generals were district champions and finished second in the region, the first time since 2001.  

However, the Generals future looks promising.  Nine players will be returning next year. Coach Robert Dobson, who won best coach in the region, will also be returning next year for his 30th year of coaching. Another big season is a possibility for the Generals.

“We are only going to be good [next year] if everyone buys into it again,” Dobson said.  “We obviously have good players coming back, [but] it’s whether or not we have the same chemistry. I think we have a chance to be really good next year.”