Boys basketball defeats Southwest, holds winning record

Matt Antonic, Sports Editor

Trailing 53-52 to BV Southwest with less than two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, the ball found its way to guard sophomore Cade Green. He found himself wide open for the three, and he let it fly.

“I was 0-3 from three early in the game,” he said. “But I was open, so I just got the ball and shot it.”

The shot was perfect, and after trailing almost the entire game, the Tigers took the lead for good and clinched a huge EKL road win, 61-55.

After falling to BV North at home last week, the Tigers four-game win streak had been broken, and the team sat at 3-5 in the EKL. Competing with the likes of St. Thomas Aquinas and Bishop Miege for high playoff seedings and considering the rivalry with the Timberwolves, this match saw the stakes much higher than usual.

BV Southwest led after the first quarter, 15-11. With a significant size advantage, the Timberwolves consistently moved the ball and scored down low. In the second quarter, the Tigers picked up the pace, and the shots began to fall. A frantic finish to the quarter saw a Timberwolves nail a half-court buzzer beater, and the Tigers trailed 32-29.

As the game wound down, two former Timberwolves, now suiting up for BV, guard senior Alex Martin and point guard senior Jack Pagenkopf, proved why they are such an asset to the program. Martin and Pagenkopf combined for 24 points in the game with just three combined turnovers.

In the fourth quarter, The Tigers began to heat up, but the Timberwolves could not mount a response. Trailing by just one, Green nailed the go-ahead three-pointer with just 1:20 left, and the Tigers never looked back. Pagenkopf came up clutch in free throws yet again, and BV forced a crucial Timberwolves turnover to seal the deal.

BV now moves back above .500 with a record of 8-7 and a 4-5 standing in the EKL. With just five games remaining on the season, and a previous loss to the Saints in the back of their heads, the Tigers will look to come out on fire and record a crucial home-court win.