Record-breaking season comes to an end
The Hargrave Falcons went toe-to-toe with the two-time defending 4A state champions for the entire first half.
Though the Silsbee Tigers would get separation in the third quarter and end up winning the regional quarterfinal matchup 79-64 on Tuesday, Feb. 26, that first half exemplified the Falcons’ season.
“I knew going in we weren’t intimidated like a lot of teams are. That’s kind of how our program is. We’re going to play as hard as we can,” said coach Scott Barrett we’re not going to stop, “Our effort, you see us diving for balls on the floor and taking charges. That’s what we’ve done all year, and as hard as our kids play, that’s why we’ve won so many games, because of that effort that they’re willing to put in.”
Following a layup by senior Darius Dugas, two of his team-high 30 points on the night, Hargrave led 17-13 with just over two minutes left in the first quarter.
Following another Dugas layup, the Falcons led 37-36 with 1:15 left in the second quarter.
Silsbee scored the final seven points of the half to take a 43-37 lead into halftime.
A buzzer-beating three by Silsbee senior Jordyn Adams at the end of the first quarter and a buzzer-beating two by Silsbee senior Braelon Bush at the end of the second quarter was pretty much the difference in the first half.
Silsbee outscored Hargrave 20-12 in the third quarter to give them a 14-point lead but then only outscored Hargrave by a point in the fourth quarter.
“We knew it was going to be like that,” Barrett said of the fast-paced play of the game. “We did a really good job in the first half of slowing it down, but, in the third quarter they went on a huge run. The pace obviously picked up, and we weren’t able to overcome that run they went on.”
Hargrave was down 21 points with 2:30 left in the game before scoring the final six points of the game on two buckets by sophomore Jacob Harvey and two free throws by Dugas.
Hargrave was giving up size at every position.
“That’s real hard, but that’s pretty much been the way it’s been all year for us,” Barrett said. “We’re undersized; our starting post kid (senior Kade Harvey) is six feet tall, but our post kids are really athletic as well, so we kind of overcome it with that, we try to win the battle on the ground as much as we can instead of above the rim.”
The 2018-2019 Hargrave Falcon basketball team went 31-6, a school record for wins, and was undefeated District 21-4A champions.
Barrett made particular mention of the six seniors on the team. He talked about how he has known them since they were young and they completely bought into the program.
“I thought we had a chance; it just kind of got away from us at the end,” Barrett said. “I’m so proud of the kids and the effort they played with. I can’t ask for anything more from them.”