Yesterday’s boys basketball matchup consisted of our Masuk Panthers going head to head with Kolbe Cathedral. Despite a hard battle and home court advantage, the boys came out with a disappointing loss to the visiting Cougars, who improved their record to 15-2. Finishing with 45 points while the Cougars totalled 60, the boys last home game didn’t quite go the way they’d hoped. Luckily, this tough matchup didn’t flatten the team’s spirits as they head into the postseason prepared for the challenging teams they are likely to face.
Senior captain Sean Minnick comments, “We played a great first half moving the ball and playing as a team, but I think we got out-hustled in the second half and our effort wasn’t enough to pull out the win. It was a good game for our team to get ready for the state tournament because they are a very talented team led by a great coach.”
Minnick appears to be full steam ahead and ready to take the tournament head on, refusing to let this loss hinder their possible upcoming victories. On a positive note, the boys ended the first quarter not far behind the Cougars, coming in only 6 points behind at 14-8. They continued to fight through the second quarter, and at halftime trailed by only 7 points as the scoreboard read 25-18. Unfortunately, they couldn’t quite make up the distance and ended the game 15 points behind. The boys next matchup is this upcoming Friday the 18th at 7pm against the Brookfield Bobcats. The Bobcats have a 7-10 record, and it will likely be a close game. Hopefully the Panthers, who now sit at a record of 9-9, can add another win under their belt before entering the postseason. We wish them the best of luck in this Friday’s matchup.