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Boys basketball: The Colony falls as last-second shot misses
Four times during the regular season, The Colony’s boys basketball team picked up wins over Newman Smith, winning by a total of 10 points.
But Feb. 19, the Cougars were unable to defeat the Trojans for a fifth time, coming up short in a bi-district round playoff contest at Lewisville, 67-66, after a 30-foot shot at the buzzer rimmed out.
The Colony head coach Cleve Ryan said he believed the five times are the most two teams have faced off against each other in one season, a feat even more impressive given the squads were in different districts.
“We were obviously disappointed to lose,” Ryan said. “You know the saying, it’s tough to beat a good team twice. Well, it was tough to beat them once and a lot tougher to do it five times. But in all honestly, it turned into a great little rivalry. Both teams wanted to beat each other and there is a lot of mutual respect between our teams. I think we brought out the best in each other.”
That was again the case last Tuesday but the Trojans grabbed an advantage they wouldn’t relinquish in the fourth quarter. For the game, no team held an advantage of more than two points in any individual quarter.”
“They went up by six points with less than a minute left,” Ryan said. “It would have been easy for us to give in, but we hit some big shots late to get back in it.”
The Cougars trimmed the six-point deficit to one and had a chance to shoot for the win after the Trojans missed a pair of free throws with six seconds remaining.
Ryan Webster led The Colony with 15 points, while Bobby White posted 14 and Jared Wiseman recorded 13. For Smith, Walter Rickett posted 21 points with Camryn Cole contributing 11. The Cougars also had to adjust to a new-look Smith rotation as post Stephen Spurlock was not available for the Trojans.
“It was another team effort for us and that’s the reason we were even here,” Ryan said. “We had different guys come through in different moments. On Tuesday, we were just a stop or two here or a basket there from winning. In the playoffs, it usually ends too quickly. But I’m proud of how we competed and this was a fun team to coach and for the fans to watch.”
The Colony will look to advance past the first round next season, but will have to do so with a different roster as the squad graduates 9-of-10 varsity players.
“We’ll have to rebuild quite a bit,” Ryan said. “But that was the story this year too when we only had one starter returning. Our JV and freshman teams played well and we have some good young kids coming. They’re just going to have to step up and be ready quicker than in most years.”