MRH lost the 5:00 game in a way that was hard to take, and not just because the final score was 64-65.
The Devils fell behind 16-19 and 25-38 at the half. Then they started fighting their way back. It was 41-49 after three quarters.
They came to within a point, 52-53, with 4:42 to go, tied it at 59 with 1:50 on the clock, and again went down by one with a minute to go.
At 12 seconds, junior forward Aaron Collins scored a layup to put the Devils up, for the first time in the game, 64-63.
Unfortunately, with seconds to go, it was Collins who called a timeout when MRH had no timeouts left. That’s a technical foul. Carnahan got two shots from the free-throw line, and both were made, winning the game by a point.
MRH coach Corey Frazier chalked it up to a life experience for the player.
“Nobody can really fault him,” Coach Corey Frazier said. “Nobody knows what you would do until you get into that situation. It’s hard to swallow, but I’ve been in the high school basketball business 11 years, anything can happen.”
Frazier said the #2 seeded Devils overlooked #3 seeded Carnahan. He said Carnahan wanted it more.
“In the playoffs, if you don’t come ready to play, any team with their back against the wall, they’re going to come at you,” he said, “and that team did.”
See more photos of the MRH game at the Maplewood Richmond Heights Facebook page.
Brentwood was the #5 seed, playing the #1 seed, Cardinal Ritter, and just couldn’t keep pace, losing 58-94.
Ritter jumped to a 27-8 lead after a quarter, but the Eagles cut the difference late in the half. Ritter led at the half 52-36.
“We did a lot of good things,” Brentwood coach Brad Kern said. “We held Cam (Biedscheid) early. I think we got within six in the second quarter, and within striking distance in the third, so we were where we wanted to be.”
Biedscheid couldn’t be stopped, though. He was game-high with 36. Brentwood sophomore forward Marc Powells was team-high for the Eagles with 15, and senior Diontez Edwards followed with 13.
“I thought we played about as hard as we played all year,” Kern said. “We executed some things. The kids just played hard, and when we play hard good things happen.”
See more photos of the Brentwood game at the Brentwood Eagles Facebook page.
MRH finished the season at 17-7 and Brentwood at 11-11.