Braves hang tough, fall to Washington in sub-state
Kansas City, Kan. The Bonner Springs boys have been underdogs all season on the basketball court, and Thursday was no exception in the first round of the Class 5A sub-state tournament.
That said, the Braves put up a mighty effort before falling to Washington, 89-73, in one of the city's loudest gyms.
The loss ends the season for the Braves — a season in which they were able to win six games despite only returning one player with prior varsity experience.
The Braves jumped out to an early lead, 18-8, behind 11 first-quarter points by sophomore guard Juan Pichardo. Washington quickly countered with a 16-2 run to close out the quarter and headed into the second leading 24-20.
The two squads exchanged baskets in the second quarter and scored at a blistering pace. After the track-meet quarter, Washington led 49-46 at intermission.
The pace slowed in the second half and the two teams cooled off from the floor. Washington took advantage of its height inside, but only held a four-point lead heading into the final period.
The Wildcats used a 17-4 run to bury the Braves to start the fourth quarter and seal the victory.
Pichardo finished with 21 points and senior forward Jared Brailsford chipped in 11.
For a full recap pick up Thursday's edition of The Chieftain.