Bay falls in state semi-finals

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Bay squared off against Sacred Heart in the semi-finals of the Class 1A boys' state basketball tournament last Saturday in Magnolia. Bay got down early and never could recover as the Rebels went on to post a 57-54 victory.

Six minutes into the first quarter found three starters for Bay on the bench with two fouls each. Bay hung tough and only trailed 13-10 after one period of play.

Bay felt the absence of those starters in the second period as Sacred Heart outscored the 'Jackets 17-7 to take a 30-17 lead into the locker room at half time. Brad Craft twisted his ankle late in the second quarter and sat for the remainder of the quarter.

Craft tried to give the ankle a go in third quarter but could not play and was done or the night. Bay cut the lead to three as Damien Holt and Gunner Freeman combined for a 5-0 run to make the score 38-35. Sacred Heart scored to put the lead back to five and that was as close as Bay could get the rest of the period as they trailed 42-37 at the end of three periods of play.

Bay cut the lead to three at 55-52 with less than a minute to play. The teams traded a basket each before time expired setting the final score at 57-54 Sacred Heart.

Dylan Loven led Bay with 16 points as Freeman netted 14 for the 'Jackets.

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