Boys basketball ends season in sub-state loss

by Austin Dart / ausdart20@pceagles.org

The PC boys basketball team ended a winning season this year, grabbing hold of 12 wins and 8 losses. Now, in post-season basketball, the Eagles have beaten the Albia Blue Demons (84-41) and the E-B-F Rockets (80-66). The post-season came to an end when PC lost to the Van Meter Bulldogs (46-48).

They kicked off the season with a powerful 59-50 win against ADM, but couldn’t get a streak going against Pella, barely losing their second game 48-52. The Eagles were not going to take that lightly. “We took our defense to the next level after Christmas break,” said senior Jayden Huisman.

This seems to have led to a huge victory over the Dutch the second time they met, when PC won 73-57. “The game against Pella was a very decisive and breakout game for us,” said junior Bradyn Zula.

Despite this powerful win, the Eagles ended up having four games in which their opponent was within five points of them. “We needed to work on our consistency to win the close games,” senior Brett Roose said.

This year’s basketball team has made huge improvements. “We have improved our ability to extend our defense to full court,” head coach Larry Hessing said. Doing this is one of the things that led to the Eagles’ winning season.

Hessing is pleased with the growth he has seen in his players this season and identified one area that needs more attention. “There is always continuous improvement,” Hessing said. “The team needs to improve on our transition defense and offense for the coming games and next year.”

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