Playing their best game to date the Tigers battled hard, but were unable to come out on top in their final game of the year. The see-saw battle was very entertaining with each team holding the lead for a time in each half. ” It really was a fun game it was pretty up and down, and it seemed like every time one team made a shot it got matched on the end.” ” I was proud of my guys, they followed the game plan to perfection. ” We really wanted to pressure them on the ball in the half court and we were able to do that successfully.” Said Coach Oldebekking after the game. Late in the second half the Panthers hit three pointers on 3 of 4 possessions which ended up being the difference in the game.
The Tigers placed five players in double figures led by Melvin DeVeaux with 18 points followed by Ridge Tefft with 15. Jordan Byslma had a season high 8 assists in the game.
Coach Oldebekking talked after the game about this team and the season. ” Although this season did not go the way we thought that it was going to, these guys never quit and constantly battled. I told them after the game that selfishly I hope I get to coach them next year, because I had so much fun with them. They have made an impact on me and my family, and I hope I am in their lives for many years. “