JV Boys Basketball drops to Falls City in overtime thriller

Junior Varsity Boys Basketball lost 31-30 in overtime at home against Falls City on Saturday, February 16. The contest was originally scheduled for the previous day, but was moved due to weather.

The weather threat did not just apply to Friday. In an attempt to get the Tigers back on the road sooner, the JV game would be limited to three quarters. The plan changed when the score was even at the end of regulation.

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Jacob Martin ’22 attempts to deflect an inbounding ball. Martin and the Jeffs defeated the Schuyler Warriors prior to Saturday’s game. Photo by: T. Gustafson

“I didn’t know what was going to happen because we weren’t playing well and shouldn’t have gone into overtime in the first place,” Joshua Robertson ’21 said. “We could’ve communicated better on the defensive end and played harder.”

The JV game was held at FHS as opposed to the gymnasium in the ’49 building for the first time this season. This change in location drew in a bigger crowd, especially for overtime.

“My favorite part of the game was getting to play at the high school, which we never get to do and with that having a bigger crowd to support us,” Robertson said. “It was awesome to see that.”

The loss concluded the season for the JV team. Though it was bittersweet for many, some were still able to pick out some good aspects from the game. For Zane Grizzle ’22, a certain mid-action moment stood out.

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Joshua Robertson ’21 looks for a backside rebound while Zane Grizzle ’22 contests a layup. “We definitely could’ve rebounded better,” Grizzle said of the JV game against Falls City. “We gave them too many extra chances.” Photo by: T. Gustafson

“[My favorite moment from the game was] definitely my ankle-breaker, and hitting the three right after,” Grizzle said. “My team did very well on the offensive end. All of us were making our shots.”

Top scorers for the Jeffs were Ethan Smith ’22 and Zane Grizzle ’22 with seven points each. Bret Cole ’20 had six points and Dylan Starr ’21 had five points for the team.

“We weren’t playing our best, but we still should have won. Our defense slipped in the last quarter and they forced overtime,” Robertson said. “When that happened, we lost all of our momentum, and couldn’t get anything going.”

Varsity Boys Basketball is back in action when they begin subdistrict play on Wednesday, February 19 at 7:30 p.m. against Malcom after postponing their original Tuesday start due to weather.

Updated at 3:20 on Tuesday, Feb. 19 by Jaelle Johnson.