Boys basketball falls short to BV Southwest Timberwolves

Matt Antonic, Sports Editor

After a rough loss on the road at Bishop Miege, the Tigers returned to home court against BV Southwest, hoping to recreate the magic present in their last home game, a win over BV Northwest. Although the Tigers fought hard in an intense battle, the team’s comeback effort fell short, and the Timberwolves emerged victorious, 63-56.

Guard senior Will Brennan led the Tigers in scoring with 16 points, and point-guard sophomore Tyler Geiman finished with 14 points. The two players combined efforts played an important role in the comeback.

While the end-game story is one of a close match, the story of the first quarter was completely opposite. The Timberwolves went on an 11-0 run immediately after tipoff, and Blue Valley coach Dwight Williams had to quickly call timeout to restore order. The pace began to balance out, and the score at the end of the quarter was narrowed to 15-7.

The two teams slogged through the second quarter with few shots being converted. The players headed to the locker room with the Timberwolves leading 27-16.

The locker room speech must have light a fire under the Tigers, as the third quarter was a completely different story. The Tigers were faster and smarter, scoring 23 points, cutting the Timberwolf lead to three. Into the fourth quarter the teams went, the score in favor of BV Southwest, 42-39.

The chances were there. With fewer than six minutes to play, a jumper by guard senior Jack Pagenkopf put the Tigers into the lead for the first time all night, 46-44. However, the Timberwolves offense was too much down the stretch and made their free throws in the clutch. The Tigers offense sputtered at the end, and lost by the final of 63-56.

After the loss, the Tigers now stand at 3-5 on the season, with 11 games to go. The team returns to action on Monday night against Hayden High School of Topeka.