|SVCâ€™S LAST SHOT
Piketon falls to Portsmouth to end
basketball season for all SVC teams
The first 16 minutes of Mondayâ€™s D-III district semifinal unfolded in a favorable tempo for Piketon.
Unfortunately, Portsmouth was able to take control in the second half and pull away to win it 48-32.
Monday night was a tough match-up for Piketon for a few reasons. One, Piketon was playing a really
talented, athletic Portsmouth team. Two, the Redstreaks are more comfortable when playing more of an
up-tempo style â€“ a style that wasnâ€™t what the game plan called for when trying to pull the upset
against a bigger, faster, stronger Portsmouth squad.
In the early going, Piketon was able to take care of the ball and keep Portsmouth in the half court for the
most part as the Redstreaks trailed just 7-5 after one quarter of play. Portsmouth did show some signs of
speeding the game up in the second quarter as the Trojans scored the first six points of the period to take
a 13-5 lead; however, Piketonâ€™s Craigen Moore knocked down a triple to stop the run and cut the
lead to five at 13-8. This sparked a mini run for Piketon as the Redstreaks eventually caught Portsmouth
to tie the game at 16-16 with about a minute to play in the first half. The Trojans did score a late bucket to
send the two teams to the half with Piketon down 18-16.
The third quarter took the same terrible turn SVC fans saw at the Convo this past Friday night as Piketon
went the first six minutes without a field goal. Portsmouth started the second half on an 11-1 run before
Piketon finally scored from the field on a Zach Farmer to Jeremy Farmer basket. The Trojans would
eventually lead 33-19 entering the final quarter.
Piketon did cut the lead to 11 at one point in the final period, but never did get closer. In the loss for the
Redstreaks, Isaac Brabson scored a team-high nine points. Wyatt Brewster added eight points and
Moore scored seven.
The loss ends the season for Piketon at 14-8, but the Redstreaks return nearly their entire roster making
them an early favorite to win the SVC once again next season.