By Flora Zhao
After finishing the regular season in a 3 way tie (6-1) with Lowell and Lincoln, the Boys F/S basketball team found out that they had lost the draw for 1st place, ending up in 3rd because they had lost their regular season game to Lincoln.
This meant that on Wednesday, February 19th, the Lion’s had to travel to Lincoln high school for their playoff match-up, a place where they’ve lost 2 out of the last 3 years in the playoffs. Despite their best effort, this year’s results were not any different as the Lions could not break the Lincoln playoff curse, going down by a score of 43-26.
The young Lions came out looking nervous, which led to a lot of missed shots and turnovers. Despite struggling to score, the defense helped keep the Lions in the game as the halftime lead for the Mustangs was only 6 points, 15-9.
The Lions looked ready to get back into the game after halftime, scoring the first couple of baskets quickly, but the Mustangs hit a number of timely 3 pointers to keep the Lions at bay. Ultimately, the Lions couldn’t get enough scoring on this evening as the Mustangs built a 12 point lead at the end of the 3rd quarter. Even in the 4th quarter, the Lions struggled to score losing the game, 26-43.
The team was sad and disappointed because they thought they could’ve done better. Lions freshman center, Demarco K., said,“We couldn’t hit any of our shots and they kept on stealing the ball and we weren’t playing to our full capacity that we could’ve. Overall we played really badly.”
Head coach Kyle Liu had a more positive outlook to the game, saying, “I thought the team played well, but for the majority of the team, it was their first playoff game so the pressure and the importance of the game had dictated on their performance especially playing on the road at Lincoln.”