Throughout the school day on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at North High, shirts were being handed out with the phrase "Beat South" going across the middle. However, that promise was not fulfilled, as the South Rebels defeated the North Blazers 47-37 in front of a capacity crowd at the North High School gymnasium for the North/South basketball game.
The Blazers kept it close through the first half and only trailed by five going into the second half. But, a 17-6 third quarter for South, sealed the deal for the Rebels. Jamel Rasheem led all scorers with 19 points; Alex Sokolow chipped in eight for South. The Blazers offensive output was headed by Adam Wang who had eight, while Ben Dorman and Gabe Farajollah each dropped seven.
For the majority of the game, the Rebels were dominating the boards, with offensive rebounds left and right. The Blazers were having trouble keeping possession. Rebounds were hard to come by for North, as they kept tipping the ball into the air. South recovered most of those tips and turned them into easy baskets. What was also a major plus for the Rebels was that they made shots from the perimeter, while the Blazers focused more on being in the paint and making lay-ups. The Rebels had the only 3 pointer of the game.
It was an amazing atmosphere inside the North gymnasium. It was 50/50 among North and South contingent. As the final minute wound down, and South was assured victory, the Rebel fans started to sing "Na Na Hey Hey Goodbye," while Blazer fans stood there stunned in disbelief.