Boys Freshman Basketball · C-Team rally falls short against Southwood

33 Southwood Jr-Sr High School
31 Maconaquah High School
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Southwood Jr-Sr High School vs Maconaquah High School
33 31
1 13   4
2 3   6
3 7   9
4 10   12

The Southwood Knights came ready to play and jumped out to a 13-4 lead in the first qtr due in large part by the hot long range shooting of their #10 who busted 3 long ones early (his only pts of the game). Though the Braves could not get their offensive woes corrected in the 2nd qtr their defense did come to life as Southwood could only add three points to their score, and those all came near the end of the half, sending the Braves to the locker room down 16-10.
The second half saw the Braves show some much needed offensive life. Brennen Bailey hit a pair of threes to spark a rally that saw the Braves cut the lead to one but each time the Braves threatened Southwood responded with a score of their own. The Braves were also forced to sit two of their bigs as Richard Riemer and Haiden Thompson both had 4 fouls by midway through the 3rd. It was Southwood 23 Mac 19 heading into the 4th.
It wasn’t until the final stanza that the Braves were able to take the lead and it looked as if they might get over the hump to finish strong with a victory. Riemer scored 6 in the key rally that saw the Braves gain the lead and Hayden Williamson hit on a driving attack from the wing to put the Braves back on top with under 30 seconds left, but, within seconds both Riemer and Thompson fouled out. The Knights were able to hit a few key free throws. Then, with 10 seconds left, down one, with ball possession and the coach of the Braves screaming for timeout, the Braves turned it over, then fouled. After a Knight ft with 4.5 seconds remaining, a last second half-court toss by Mason Barnes struck the back of the rim and bounded out to seal the Braves loss for a final of 33-31. It was a great second half effort in all phases of the game, an effort worthy of a win, but it just wasn’t quite enough.
Bailey and Riemer led the scoring with 8 each, followed by Thompson with 6, 4 from Trenten Cobble, 2 apiece from Williamson and Barnes and Mason Yoars added one.
*Note- in Coach Miller’s history he’s never had a team, until this year, where it could be said that each player on the roster led the team in scoring at least one game during the season.
The Braves finished the season at 3-10.
Thanks to all the parents/grandparents/neighbors/friends who helped make this season a very enjoyable one. The 2018-19 C-Team Braves are a great group of young men.