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Rams Hold Off Late Bomber Rally

MICDS defeats John Burroughs 48-41 Friday night before an overflow crowd at MICDS.

The setting and final score could not have been any better for MICDS senior Foster Bundy.

The guard started the game and finished it as his Rams defeated John Burroughs 48-41 Friday night in the Coaches vs. Cancer Paint It Pink game at MICDS.

"This is just awesome," Bundy said. "I was so anxious before the game. It was just a great atmosphere to play in. I know all those guys at Burroughs and have been going to camps with them since I was seven or eight. To beat them in both football and basketball is special. And we have one more game at Washington U. which will be just as big if not bigger."

As the score would indicate, it was a defensive struggle through most of the game. The Rams held John Burroughs to single digit points in the first three quarters yet still led by only three at 19-16 at halftime.

MICDS started the second half strong after Bomber standout Foye Oluokun opened the half with a basket to pull his team to within a point. Bundy and Rashad Lindsey followed with consecutive 3-pointers.

The Rams would never give up the lead the rest of the way. They led by 10 after three quarters and would lead by as many as 12 before John Burroughs made a late rally.

Ezekiel Elliott hit a pair of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, the last coming with 1:11 to play to make it a one possession game at 44-41. But MICDS senior Thomas Militello hit four consecutive free throws to ice the game. The Rams converted nine of their 12 tries from the line in the fourth quarter.

It was an entirely different story from the line for Burroughs.

"We were eight for 18 from the line for the game and you are not going to win tight games like that," Bomber coach Steve Wilcutt said. "We defended well and I would have been very happy before the game if you told me we would give up 48 points.

"But they are very long at every position and made it tough for us offensively although there is no defense when you are at the line."

Lindsey had 14 points to lead three Rams in double figures. Militello added 12 and Robin Thompson had 10.

"We didn't do anything great tonight but we were solid throughout," MICDS coach Matt Hixenbaugh said. "We did what we wanted to do on defense and made them work for their points. We made some good team stops and got those big baskets in the third quarter which gave us the let.

"The people came out for a good cause and I was glad that we were able to rise to the occasion and play well in this environment."

Oluokun led all scorers with 15 points. Elliott added 10, eight of them coming in the fourth quarter.

John Galt January 14, 2012 at 01:39 PM
I guess Baer couldn't write this article because he was in the MICDS cheering section, decked out in red and green. On the game, this disgusts me. Losing to MICDS is the absolute worst. This ruins my weekend. I think it time to fire Wilcutt. He used to sweep MICDS every year. Now, MICDS has passed Burroughs in yet another sport. Wilcutt, TAKE A HIKE.
Mark Wilson January 14, 2012 at 05:28 PM
I thought the MICDS fan section chanting "It's all your fault" to Ezekiel Elliott (in reference to his fumble in the state championship football game) was a little classless. I assume Maurer told them to cut it out, since I only heard it once. But still. In my mind, Burroughs had the better fans by far. The "silent until 8 points" move was brilliant.
John Galt January 14, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Mark, I wasn't there, but if what you are reporting is true, it is more than "a little" classless. It is the most classless thing I have heard occuring in this rivalry. It typifies the type of gutter trash that attend that school. This ramps my hate for them up even further. I can't wait to see Ezekiel run all over those clown acts next year.
A January 15, 2012 at 05:07 PM
I heard and saw Burroughs fans mocking 7-10 year old MICDS kids. If you ask me which was more classless between mocking 7-10 year old children or taunting a player to make him play worse (viable tactic, fans should get into players' heads), I would pick the Burroughs fans' actions. @John Galt 1. Well, Ezekiel wanted to go to MICDS so I'm guessing hes a clown too.. 2. Sorry to kill your hope, but MICDS will be running over JBS again next year. 3. Do they teach kids at JBS to only hate and not appreciate? You set a great example.
Mark Wilson January 15, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Both schools lost a state championship, so I feel any cheering about it is a bit unwarranted. I also fail to see how you would have the inside track on Mr. Elliott's school choices. And MICDS graduates roughly 80% of their starting lineup in football. Pretty big shoes to fill. Burroughs kids might have been doing what you said, and that is inexcusable, but I left a bit before halftime and didn't see it. Doesn't mean it didn't happen though.
John Galt January 15, 2012 at 06:53 PM
A: You know Ezekiel wanted to go to MICDS? I find that hard to believe, unless you are close to his family. And if he did prefer MICDS, why didn't he go there? Don't tell me he didn't get accepted...MICDS is known to make massive exceptions for athletes they recruit. Burroughs does not do that and Ezekiel was accepted. Believe me, kids that get accepted to Burroughs RARELY get turned down by MICDS. Academically, Burroughs is notably better and it's admissions standards are absolutely higher. On your point about hating, I WISH Burroughs attempted to instill and ingrain an intense hatred of MICDS. That school is absolute trash and there is NOTHING redeeming about it. Burroughs is far too classy to "teach" hate, but I am not. I HATE MICDS with a passion.
Kevin January 15, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Oh yeah because Borroughs kids are the perfect little angels right? First off, score two touchdowns was their chant to the student section in response. If they were "classy" they would just let it by. Oh and by the way after Borroughs stormed the MICDS field in 2010 after beating them for the first time in almost a decade, they left the field a complete mess, leaving trash and Bomber gear everywhere. That same game, the Borroughs student section apparently couldn't act like any age older than 5 and couldn't be quiet during the national anthem. Not only that but Borrough's vandalized student's cars later that night while they were at the school dance. Which is worse: chanting or vandalism? You're right, John, real class acts you have over there.
John Galt January 15, 2012 at 08:08 PM
When Burroughs installed their new track several years ago, Burroughs put rubber mats across the track for visiting football teams to use to get to the field. I personally witnessed MICDS players INTENTIONALLY walking on the track and laughing about it. Burroughs should have charge MICDS with any and all damage to the track. As for the not quieting down for the anthem...was it being played by the MICDS pep band? If so, I doubt they could even tell it was anthem. Yes, your pep band is that bad. Finally, were any charges filed in the alleged vandalism case? If not, then how the hell do you know who it was?
Kevin January 15, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Oh that's a good one, hit us where it really hurts: our pep band. And you're right, it couldn't be the Borroughs kids that painted the final score and "MICDS sucks" on the cars, right? It was probably Chaminade students. Or maybe those rascals over at Villa. Don't act like Borroughs students are incapable of doing anything wrong.
John Galt January 15, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Again, were charges filed?
Kevin January 15, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Were charges filed about the track? No? So don't say we did it. That is effectively your argument.
Mark Wilson January 15, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Kevin- they were chanting "Forty-two touchdowns." Elliott had 42 touchdowns on the year. It was not a reference to the state championship game vs Webb City.
Kevin January 15, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Mark-Okay that's fair. I'm sorry, I must have misheard them.
John Galt January 15, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Back to the issue at hand, however, Steve Wilcutt MUST be fired. Losing to these punks in basketball is simply inexcusable.
Kevin January 15, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Really? Your argument that Borroughs is more honorable than MICDS is that you, a Borroughs fan, cursed at a bunch of high schoolers? Nice.
John Galt Jr. January 17, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Hey sorry about my dad, he drinks a little too much sometimes and gets a little rowdy... anyway, MICDS is full of some nice young lads. I think both teams played hard, fair, and as a team. All of the fans we classy too. "Its all your fault" was not a chant it was actually "John Galt" (Just somewhat slurred). Again sorry for my dad kevin, I hope you enjoy your time at Mary Institute and Country Day School.
Bill January 17, 2012 at 05:51 PM
I believe that John Galt is being very disrespectful and shows what type of people Burroughs put into the society. Burroughs may have some better test scores but their social skills are non- existent. That type of language reflects poorly on your school and the type of people that attend the school. Referring back to the Ezekiel Elliot chant section of these comments, Do you think it is appropriate to start a "steroids" chant while Michael Scherer is shooting free throws? This young man has worked very hard his whole life and should not be discredited for his hard work. I have not heard of any of this vandalism at either MICDS nor Burroughs. Vandalism of private property is ridiculous and should not be tolerated. At the Burroughs field/ track I am sure other people (wearing cleats) have walked on the track. MICDS cannot be held responsible for all of the damage.
Mark Wilson January 18, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Jon Galt appears to be an alum from a while ago, as the new track was first installed in 2006 I believe. I now see "classless" was probably the wrong word to use, rather it should have been "illogical." As I stated before, both schools lost a state championship. It doesn't make much sense to chant about it when you've also done it. Just my opinion. This is also one of the greatest rivalries in MO high school history. How many rivalries can boast 15 combined football state titles, and two of the most complete athletics programs in the state, in addition to such incredible academic standards? Just let the kids do what they do. If I was a student from either of these schools, I'd think we were old farts admonishing high schools for frankly doing what high schoolers do. The chants (both sides) are funny. Was there an all-out brawl on the court? No. Did anyone get in fights in the parking lot after the game? No. For all we know, kids from both schools might've hung out at the same house after the game. Let the kids do what they do, and let's refrain from making bold generalizations ("Burroughs may have some better test scores but their social skills are non- existent." or "That school [MICDS] is absolute trash and there is NOTHING redeeming about it.") about things that do not concern us in the slightest. Consider this a plea for sanity, and not to take a high school rivalry (albeit a great one) too seriously.

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