The Glasgow boys basketball team would have preferred to keep the game in the 50s Saturday against Community in the championship in the Class 1 District 9 Tournament at Glasgow.
While averaging 52.9 ppg during the regular season, the Yellowjackets knew that if they could get the game into the mid-50s the chances of them winning were greater.
Unfortunately for Glasgow, they played right into the hands of Community, who wanted to slow it down. As a result, Community kept the game in the mid-30s and held the Yellowjackets to just one point in the third quarter en route to a 36-33 victory.
While the loss dropped Glasgow to 19-9 on the season, head coach Mick Cropp said the last loss is always difficult but this team had a great season.
“We weren’t as sharp offensively as I would’ve liked to have been,” Cropp said. “We can contribute it to the stage or communities defense, but if it wasn’t for this teams heart and determination we wouldn’t have been in the game. When you only score 33 points in a game it’s pretty hard to win.”
The Yellowjackets looked to be well on their way while leading Community 10-8 after one and 22-19 at the half. However, in the third quarter, Community held Glasgow to its lowest offensive output of the season for a single quarter by outscoring the Yellowjackets 6-1 to go up 25-23.
Of course Glasgow was still very much in the ballgame down by only two after three. However, in the final period, Community outscored the Yellowjackets 11-10 to win the game by three.
No player scored in double figures for Glasgow, who finished the game shooting 34.4 percent from the field and 53.3 percent from the foul line.
Josh Sanders paced all scorers in the game for Glasgow with nine points while pulling down seven rebounds.
Alex Mathews finished the game with six points and five steals while Blake Hackman added six points and two assists, Landon Brand with four points and five rebounds, Daniel McMillan with three points and four rebounds, Travell Hamilton also with three points and Hayden Hackman with two points.