Varsity boys basketball falls in first round

Michelle Contreras, Managing Editor

The varsity boys basketball team lost to Anderson 53-48 in the first round of playoffs to Anderson, Feb. 23.

“I think we played relatively well after being down by 10 to 15 at one point,” senior Ryan Nagel said. “And then we got down to being one point of them and then it just came down to them making free throws. We played really hard to get that comeback. I thought that was really good of us to do that.”

After the first two quarters, the team was trailing the Trojans 24-15. The Raiders improved their shooting in the second half, shooting 33 points but couldn’t make up the gap from the first half.

“We came out pretty good, I thought, and the first couple minutes, but from there on out it went bad,” senior Ben Butler said. “We just played tired, and we didn’t have any energy. We didn’t have out expecting to win and didn’t expect much from them.”

The team finishes 21-13 overall and 9-5 in district, tying for second place. Nine seniors played their final game Tuesday.

“It’s kind of weird that it ended, like obviously weren’t we expecting it to lose that game,” Nagel said. “We were planning to go to the next round and lose to Atascocita, fourth in country, we weren’t quite ready to lose. It’s just a weird feeling. It’s kind of surreal. I’ve played four years waking up every morning, and it’s just weird not playing basketball.”