Brethren opens strong, falls to Buckley in district final

Brethren’s Logan Tighe splits two Buckley defenders during the Bobcats’ 74-29 loss to the Bears in their Class D district final at Buckley Friday night. (Kyle Kotecki/For the News Advocate)

Brethren’s Logan Tighe splits two Buckley defenders during the Bobcats’ 74-29 loss to the Bears in their Class D district final at Buckley Friday night. (Kyle Kotecki/For the News Advocate)

By KYLE KOTECKI

Special to the News Advocate

BUCKLEY — Despite a promising start in the Class D district final, the Brethren boys’ basketball team fell 74-29 to the Buckley Bears in Buckley Friday night.

After trading baskets to start the game, the Bobcats (9-13) failed to keep up with the Bears’ (17-5) quick pace and gave up a 12-3 run to end the first quarter.

“Buckley’s a great team,” said Brethren coach J.J. Randall. “They move the ball very well. Probably the best ball movement we’ve seen (this season).”

Gavin Asiala and Logan Tighe paced the Brethren offense, with both players scoring eight points. Asiala also chipped in with four assists.

After finding themselves down 20-10 to start the second quarter, the Bobcats continued to play tough and were still within striking distance at the end of the half, trailing 35-20.

“Our first half was the best first (half) we’ve played all season,” Randall said. “I think we woke up Buckley a little bit that first half because we did play really well.”

The Bears started the second half on fire, hitting four three-pointers during a 16-0 run to start the third quarter. The run essentially put the game out of reach, and Buckley took a 59-27 lead into the final frame.

Buckley’s Austin Harris hit seven three-pointers and finished with a game-high 25 points.

“They’re tough to beat when they hit that many perimeter shots,” Randall said.

Jake Riggs scored seven points and grabbed a team-high 13 boards in the game.

Despite the season-ending loss, Coach Randall was pleased with his team’s effort not only in this game, but throughout the entire season.

“All season we struggled,” he said. “But they never gave up on themselves. That’s the biggest thing. We improved each day.”

Coach Randall felt the players’ refusal to give up and their commitment to improving says a lot about their character.

“At the end of the season you saw the improvement in the ball movement and defense,” he said. “That’s what coaching and playing sports is about. It’s about not only improving yourself as a basketball player, but as a person, too.”

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