Photo by Todd Lester
Briarwood's Michael Hiers (10) is shown in a game earlier this season.
The Briarwood Christian School boys basketball team nearly pulled off the upset, but fell at Booker T. Washington, 55-52, on Tuesday night in a Class 5A Central Sub-Regional game.
With the loss, the Lions' season comes to a close, but not before they advanced to the state playoffs for the first time in 11 years.
The game was a back-and-forth affair the entire way, with B.T. Washington taking a 14-11 lead after a quarter of play.
The Lions quickly gained the lead in the second quarter, as Carson Donnelly knocked down a pair of 3-pointers. Michael Hiers also drained a long ball in the quarter, but B.T. Washington regained the edge to hold a 28-25 edge at halftime.
Luke Miskelley hit a 3 of his own to give the Lions the lead back in the third quarter, as Briarwood opened the period with an 11-4 run to take a seven-point edge. B.T. Washington scored the final five points of the quarter, as Briarwood led just 39-37 after three.
But B.T. Washington's 10-3 burst in the final period proved too much, sending Briarwood to defeat.
Barrett Tindall led the Lions with 18 points on the evening. Donnelly added 15, followed by nine from Hiers.
The Lions will say goodbye to four seniors -- Trip Burns, Tindall, Miskelley, and Steven Giddens -- who each played a significant part in Briarwood's successful campaign.