The boys hosted Johannesburg-Lewiston Tuesday night, putting their 3-0 record on the line as they tried to move forward without starting point guard Ian Clancy.
Mike O’Connor led the team with 15 points while Andrew Dufek added 14.
It was a back and forth game the entire way, with the Bulldogs chasing the Cardinals who held small leads most of the way.
After being down 34-35 at the start of the fourth quarter, Ryan Howery scored off an assist by Dufek with 5:15 to go, up 36-35. Dufek tied the game at 39 with 2:20 to go on a layup and-one free throw. O’Connor hit a jumper in the lane for a 41-39 lead with 1:40 left. JoBurg took the lead with :37 to go after a free throw and a basket on consecutive trips down the floor. O’Connor missed two free throws earned by driving down the lane.
“I felt like the seniors really stepped up and a lot of the juniors stepped up too,” Ian Clancy said. “In particular J.R. Hrejsa and Jordan Hurst had stepped it up in the positions that they probably weren’t comfortable with yet in such a high intensity game.”
“I thought it was an extremely well fought game, and we both deserved the win,” Thomas Conners said. “But of course, we didn’t deserve the loss either.”
Final score: 42-44.
The boys fall to 3-1 (2-1 in conference).
The junior varsity lost 41-50.
Coach Nash spoke to his team after the loss and told his team: “Don’t run away from your challenges.”