The starting lineup for the Shamrocks was Brandon Carey, Jared Horstman, Kyle Ruediger, Justin Shockley, and Will Soete.
As the first half continued into the second quarter, Kyle got fouled on a shot after some time moving the ball around on offense. Crossroads had already managed to foul seven times, putting Kyle at the free throw line shoot a one-and-one. Kyle made two out of the three of the possible shots. To end the first half, Crossroads lead 18 - 14.
To start off the second half, Kyle made a shot to tie the game at 18 - 18 and got fouled on the shot, making the score 19 - 18. The Shamrocks were starting to come back! The Current were passing the ball, and Jared intercepted one of these passes. He got the ball to Will, who then passed it to Justin, who scored two more points. Crossroads was still in the lead by one point, 22-21. Crossroads made a free throw, but Kyle also made a free throw, making the final score of third quarter 23 - 22 Crossroads.
In the fourth quarter, the Current had the ball, but Will was able to steal the ball and pass it to Justin, who shot and missed. Brandon got the rebound, shooting and missing, but he was fouled and made both of his free throws. It got down to the last few minutes of the game, and the Shamrocks needed to score some points. The boys were fouling a lot. Two of the seniors, Brandon and Kyle, fouled out of the game. Crossroads moved on in the tournament, with a score of 38 - 29.
Since this season has come to an end, the senior athletes have finished their high school basketball career. Next year, the junior athletes will move up and take on leadership roles as senior players. A few of the seniors had a some words of wisdom for these upcoming players:
Brandon Carey wanted the boys to know that, “The team is like a family, and you don’t want to hurt your family. You want to play hard and work hard together, like a family.”
“It goes by quick! You should make it worth your while and enjoy it while you can,” Kyle Ruediger voiced.
Kyle Luecke added, “Work hard, practice positively, and work with a good attitude.”
“Perfect practice makes practice perfect,” stated Dylan Goodwin.
Next year, there will be seven upcoming senior athletes to take on this role. Coach Pierick said that there will be some summer training going on. “There is going to be a summer league, and we are going to be working on their basic skills,” he commented.
As this basketball season came to an end, the juniors have also ended their last season as playing as an underclassman. Coach Pierick had some advice for them, “Work.”