The East Bernard Brahmas were hit with a barrage of threes, nine in total, as they dropped their bi-district matchup to the Tarkington Eagles 53-38.
The Brahmas (16-6, 12-2) offense couldn't keep pace with the Eagles (13-6, 8-4) as their quick-release threes hurt them throughout the game at Oak Ridge High School on Saturday night.
"Hat's off to them, they did a great job shooting the three-point ball," East Bernard coach Gared Chandler said. "That was by-far probably the best three-point shooting team we've seen all year. They made the three's and we just couldn't capitalize on the shots we were getting."
Points were hard to come by for the Brahmas. After weathering four first-quarter threes from Tarkington, East Bernard only trailed by four heading as the second started. Over the next eight minutes, East Bernard scored three points as nearly everything went Tarkington's way.
In the final minute of the second quarter, East Bernard trailed by 15 points. Tarkington with the ball nearly turned it over three times, only to finish the possession with two made free-throws. East Bernard followed by quickly bringing the ball in. East Bernard looked like they had an easy layup, only to have the ball blocked into the waiting hands of a Tarkington player. With seconds left on the clock, he dribbled the ball down the court and scored on a layup as time expired putting them up 34-15 at the half.
East Bernard's offense responded in the third quarter with 11 points, but three's from Tarkington continued to keep them out in front.
The Brahmas season ended in the first round, but they did see it as an improvement from last year.
"Being a different year than we've ever had before with all the COVID parameters to the beginning of the year we were picked to finish fifth in district," Chandler said. "Hats off to our kids, they played exceptional basketball, they finished second, the last two years we finished fourth. It (hurts) to lose but I couldn't be prouder of the effort they played with all year long."