Boys basketball ends season in regional semifinal round

Team falls to Justin Northwest, 58-62

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The crowd screams as the buzzer goes off at the end of the fourth quarter. The game is tied. They are going into overtime against Northwest High School, tied at 54.

Going into the game the players felt good and ready.

“We were pretty confident, knowing we were predicted to win state,” junior Diego Lewis said.

At one point in the game the team had an 8-point lead. With 41 seconds left in the fourth quarter the team had a 2-point lead.

“I thought we were going to win the whole tournament,” senior Eric Simmons said.

In overtime, Northwest high school took the win 62-58.

“I was really heartbroken,” Diego said. “My whole dream was crushed, especially knowing that we were supposed to go really far and everything ended so soon.”

The players took some time in the locker room before meeting their friends and family in the stands. Some cried and hugged their parents while others thanked friends and community members who came to watch them 367 miles from home.

“I was pretty sad and hurt,” Eric said. “We should’ve beat them.”

At the lobby of the team hotel head coach Jim Forbes talked to the boys.

“We did a lot of good things, an awful lot of good things, but we made some mistakes down the stretch,” Forbes said.

This was the team’s fourth straight year to make it to the regional semi-final tournament in Snyder Texas.

“You’ve got a hell of a legacy,” Forbes said. “You’ve been here 4 years in a row, 4 consecutive years.”

Forbes said his last word of advice as the season came to an end.

“In this world you’re not defined by your victories, you’re defined by how you handle defeat because handling victories is the easiest thing in the world,” Forbes said. “You’ll move on, you’ll be fine, take my word for it.”

 

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