The boy’s basketball season came to an abrupt end for the Braves Monday night at the high school, as they were knocked off 57-56 in heartbreaking fashion by the Temple Tigers.
The game was close and intense throughout with neither squad able to forge a big lead, but in the end a dominating performance by Temple’s Trevor Shell could not be overcome.
Shell drove the length of the floor with just six seconds remaining for the final two of his game high 34 points. He also added 14 rebounds.
The key run came for the Tigers during the last half of the third quarter when they outscored the Braves 13-1 to take a five point lead.
The Braves did not go quietly though as junior Jonathon Hunt poured in ten of his 14 points in the fourth quarter.
Senior Cody Chapman also went out in a big way scoring a career high 16 points including four 3-pointers three of which came in the first half. Another Senior Damon Pearson also went out with double digits scoring 10. Elijah Toney and Deron Swint each tallied six points.
First year head coach Phillip Manning spoke about his first season. “Overall we had a pretty good season considering the circumstances. Three wins is a step in the right direction, but we had several other games that could have been wins as well. The fact that we lost that many close ones is tough, but also it is a testament to how far this team has come. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of young men to coach, and this team will always be special to me for the way they fought hard every night for a rookie coach and for each other,” said Manning.
The Braves did make some strides this season and showed much improvement. After having lost every game in 2011-2012, the Braves not only notched three wins but also were close in several other games.
The last week was especially tough as three of the four losses came in the waning moments of the game. In the prior season, the team had only one loss by fewer than 17 points.
With the exception of Pearson and Chapman, the team should have all other players returning next season for Coach Manning’s second season at the helm.
The Tigers will travel to Bowdon tonight to meet the Red Devils in round two.
Temple Lady Tigers 42, Jordan Red Jackets 34
In the first girls playoff game last night, The Temple Lady Tigers got their first win of the season downing the Red Jackets 42-34.
It was a monumental win for the Lady Tiger program which had lost 74 of their last 76 games. Charmin Moore led the Tigers in scoring with 13 points. The Red Jackets were led by Justice Blair with 15.
The Lady Tigers will take on Manchester at Bowdon tonight in the second round.
The Lady Braves will meet the winner of tonight’s game at Jordan on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. A win by the Lady Braves on Thursday would secure a spot in the state playoffs next week.