West Point-It came down to a deciding possession late in the 4th quarter in the Boys C2-3 Sub-District Final from West Point-Beemer Thursday night as BRLD edged Oakland-Craig 48-43.
Down 46-43 with 7.8 seconds left, the Knights’ Robby Mayberry was dribbling down court, and tried to get the ball to All-State Player Garrett Seagren for a game-tying three pointer, but Mayberry crossed half court and threw it behind to Seagren, who was trailing the play, but couldn’t quite make it across halfcourt with the ball after catching it, thus the game deciding turnover.
Oakland-Craig Head Coach Aaron Meyer on the play. “Yeah that’s a hard one. It’s basketball. And you make plays sometimes, and sometimes you don’t. And it’s one of those life lessons where we’re going to learn that the game’s not won and lost in one or two possessions at the end of the game. There’s 32 minutes of that ball game, and we had chances throughout. So sometimes it does come down to the very end, but we’re not going to be pointing any fingers.”
Oakland-Craig made a furious rally late as Seagren canned three 3’s to bring the Knights within 2 at 45-43 after BRLD went up 45-34 with less than a minute to go.
The Knights led early, 6-5 after one, and 17-15 at halftime after winning the 2nd quarter 11-10.
The Wolverines put together a big 3rd quarter though, doubling up Oakland-Craig 18-9 to go up 33-26 at the end of three.
The Knights won the 4th quarter 17-15.
Kenyan Lovejoy led BRLD with 16 points, including 7 in the 2nd quarter, while Darwin Snyder scored 13. Will Gatzemeyer added 10.
BRLD Head Coach Cory Meyer says his team has a lot of offensive weapons. “The thing I like about our team is I don’t have just one person that’s going to standout. I’ve got 2, 3, 4, 5 guys that can all step up and score double digits in a game. And we just play good team basketball, and I’m really enjoying this year just watching them play.”
Seagren paced Oakland-Craig with 16 points, including 12 in the 4th quarter, while Kobe Benne totaled 13, 11 coming in the 2nd quarter. Wyatt Seagren added 7.
Aaron Meyer says his team never gave up after falling behind in the 2nd half. “Yeah we had that little lull where we lost a couple guys defensively. I don’t think we communicated on the substitution. And we weren’t sure who we were guarding. That stuff can’t happen this time of year, let alone a high school game. And they took advantage. They made a couple 3’s. We had some great looks there near the end that didn’t go in the last oh I’d say 3 or 4 minutes of the game. And then I told the guys a little over a minute left, we’re down 10, I’m looking at the bench wondering why I should sub some guys in. And Garrett said no coach we’re not done yet. And I got full confidence if we get him the ball there at the end he’s got a shot to tie. I’m putting some money on that. He wanted it. We just didn’t get it to him.”
The Wolverines improve to 23-2 on the season and advance to the C2-2 District Final at Wayne State College against Battle Creek at 7:00 p.m. Monday night. The Knights end the season at 16-10.
Cory Meyer says Oakland-Craig was underrated. “Aaron always has his team ready. They’re a great team. They’re a lot better than what that record shows because to start the season off they didn’t have Garrett to start off with, and they should be a Division I if not ranked in C-2. And there’s no doubt in my mind. And trying to beat them twice is tough to do, and we did that tonight.”