BCHS boys basketball team prepping for State Tournament

Jessica Watts

ANTHEM – Despite a slow start in the first quarter, the Boulder Creek High School boys basketball team fought back from a ten point deficit but would ultimately fall to Millennium High School 59-54 in Friday night’s game. Regardless of this loss, the Jaguars are still preparing for the State Tournament.

According to head coach Ryan Holmstrom, the Jaguars will not know for another week about their State Tournament chances.

“It’s going to make us hungry for the next week and half, because a lot of teams are still playing next week, and we have a whole week of practice and another half week after that and the first game isn’t until Thursday,” Holmstrom said.  

Senior captain Nick Johnson says the seniors are getting the guys ready to go to the State Tournament.

“We’re just hungry, it’s win or go home, so it’s going to be a fun playoff run,” Johnson said.

This loss makes the Jaguars record fall to 12-12, but the team knows how to rally back from being down after trailing the Tigers by ten points in the first quarter. The team has great senior leaders, according to Holmstrom.

“Our guys really locked in and focused in and came together to get us back in there as a team,” Holmstrom said.

Once the buzzer signaled the first quarter ending, the tides shifted after senior Myles Judon made four free-throws after a technique foul from the Tigers. The Jaguars added to the four points made by Judon with a three-pointer by Johnson to tie the game at 21. The Jaguars would go into half time leading the Tigers by two.

“We just came out a little flat and things on offense led to things on defense and we did a great job on locking in after we got down to get ourselves back in it,” Holmstrom said.

The third quarter would be a back and forth match that would end with the Tigers leading by three, but the fourth quarter would start with the Jaguars down by seven. Once junior Ryan Serrano hit a three-pointer, the Jaguars came within two with two min. left. With seconds remaining, the Jaguars would finally run out of time to be able to catch the Tigers.

For seniors Myles Judon, Justin Braun, Matt Downey, Dylan Carroll, Nick Johnson, and Kaler Ruiz, this will end their regular season games, but they still have a chance to finish their senior year strong in the State Tournament.