For the men, the outcome was not as pretty, as the BHS men’s basketball team lost 49-51 on a buzzer-beater.
“Definitely it was a tough loss. Certainly not our best basketball game, but you know, defensively I still tip my hat off to our guys,” Rechard Larkin, men’s head coach, said. “They really defended well. Tonight we didn’t score enough points.”
With two of the team’s top scorers, Jatavius Williams and Juwon Freeman, out of the line-up, the Braves were forced to rely on other players to defend the home court against the War Hawks.
“We were missing two of our top scorers tonight, two of our starters,” Larkin said. “Certainly anytime you’re missing two of your better players, you know that puts you in a hole, but I applaud guys who came in, played and gave us an opportunity tonight to win this ball game down to the very last possession.”
Larkin credits the War Hawks for showing up to compete against a former undefeated team at their home, and pulling off a victory.
“Tip your hat off to a very good ball club,” he said. “They came in here, really with their backs kind of against the wall, and really just fought. So, we certainly give them credit for fighting tonight.”
Even with two starters missing, BHS did not lack in production with Marquis Williams hitting 16 points on the night, followed by Stetson Richardson with 13 and Javontae Adams with 10. Their contributions were enough to give Braves fans a tied ball game with only seconds remaining.
“I’m proud of our guys for the way they played tonight,” Larkin said. “Certainly we came up on the losing end, but our guys stepped up and played well, and we had an opportunity to win that ball game.”
BHS will take the court next in their first away contest this season on Tuesday against Hancock Central, with the women beginning at 7 p.m. and the men at 8:30 p.m.