The conference tournament final was everything the 7th grade boys hoped for. Chesterton was undefeated and we were ready to challenge them for the third time this year. It was a great battle that was decided by Chesterton being given three free throws after what appeared to be a game saving block by Christian Rouse with 6 seconds remaining.
We were still almost able to tie it as Neil Whitfield’s desperation shot rebounded to where Triston Rouse was almost able to control it and have a chance to win. After a pair of easy wins with everyone playing this one was decided by only six players playing almost the whole game. Little "O", Justin Osburn, had a great game on defense and helping direct the offense as he led with fives steals and four assists.
The Rouse boys were tough as they battled for every loose rebound and challenged every shot. Bret Boetel led with 13 points, great ball-handling and a harassing defensive effort while Trent Fortson was the most dominating player in the post with 11 points and several blocked shots. And that leaves Neil Whitfield who was sick most of the day but came back to play his best when the game was on the line. Neil hit 3 three-pointers in a row to keep us close and just missed on the final shot of the game. Coach Cunningham would like to thank the team for a wonderful season. he would also like to thank Gavin White and Max Marischen for their help throughout the year.
As Cubby fans say, "There's always next year!" King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table sought after it; Tom Hanks’ character of Robert Langdon chases after it in The DaVinci Code – the Holy Grail. But the 8th grade boy’s basketball team had its own grail – the Conference Tourney Trophy. As BF warmed-up for its championship game against TJ, each player was focused and determined, and these stalwart qualities carried BF to a dominating 56 to 38 win over TJ. Offensively, Drew Benedict provided all kinds of fireworks, pouring in 30 points from all over the gym. Keeping the offense rolling Andrew Kittridge and Jake Miller each fired off 3 assists. Under the boards and in the paint, Kitt muscled up and ripped down 10 rebounds, while out on the floor the “D” was led by Jake Miller’s 4 steals. Great win guys.
The finals game for the 8th graders is at the North Judson tourney this Saturday.