Brayton Lavine drives to the hoop in the first quarter against St. Bede on Senior/Alumni Night. He lead the Prophets with 15 points,
Prophets Go Out Winners (video)00:00 AM February 13, 2018
The Bruins of St. Bede are probably very happy to see the end of the Prophet franchise as the Prophet boys followed the Lady Prophets lead as they defeated St. Bede in a nail bitter on Tuesday night 52-50 on Alumni night just as the ladies had done two weeks ago.
In a co-celebration of Senior Night and Alumni Night the Prophets took the home court for the last time in the orange and black. Prophet basketball alumni who were in attendance were introduced between games with plenty of orange in the stands.
Prophet coach Patrick Henrekin put the night in perspective for his players before the game. " I told them, you are guys are playing for more than yourselves tonight, you are playing for the name on the front of the jersey."
The Prophets got off to a slow start against the Bruins missing their first four shots that all were with-in a few feet of the rim.The Prophets trailed 5-0 until Brayton Lavine hit a three-ball to get the Prophets rolling. The Bruins were able to stretch their lead to 9 with two minutes left in the first quarter on a three-point bucket by Ben Bernabei.
The Prophets started the second quarter trailing 21-15 and began to turn up the pressure on the defensive end The Prophets finally got a lead after senior Logan Henrekin hit back-to-back three point shots to make it a 28-27 with 1:15 left and went to the locker room leading 31-30.
After a halftime show by both the cheer and dance squads the Prophet re-emerged for the second half and brought with them a defensive gauntlet.
Expanding their lead to 6 the Prophets held St. Bede scoreless until the 4:14 mark of the third quarter. Two steals by Logan Henrekin and Jordan Pierceson led to a 10 point Prophet lead. The home team then added an exclamation point to the quarter as they ended it on a set play out of a time out with lay-in by Sophomore Eric Robinson.
Starting the final eight minutes with a 12 point advantage it looked like the Prophets would coast to a win. However, a combination of cold shooting and a driving to the rim offense by the Bruins quickly melted the lead. In fact, the Prophets did not score until the three minute mark on a perfect pass by Robinson to a cutting Henrekin to make it 46-42. " We went cold, we got some decent looks in the paint, but they just weren't dropping," said Henrekin. He added "If were not going to hit shots we have to play better defense." The Prophets would give up 18 points in the final quarter.
A driving bucket by Brayton Lavine was answered by a three-ball by Alec Kunkel to make it 49-47 Prophets with 1:20 to play. After a time out the Prophets once again ran a set play with Lavine perfectly feeding a back cutting Pierceson to push the lead to 4. St. Bede answered with another three-point bucket to make it a 51-50 Prophet lead.
With :36 remaining the Bruins attempted several in bound steals and were forced to foul as they had only 4 team fouls in the second half. Finally, after 3 more fouls Henrekin went to the line for a 1 and 1 opportunity. He missed the front end which was rebounded by the Bruins. St. Bede was sitting in a double bonus situation as the clock ticked down. Driving at the top of the key the Bruin's Jackson Funfsinn, who led his team with 20 points, was fouled and went to the line for two shots. Both shots were off the mark and Robinson snagged the rebound and was fouled with 7 seconds remaining.
Robinson calmly hit nothing but net on his first shot to put the Prophets up 52-50. He missed the second and the Bruins pushed the ball up the floor with Bernaci getting fouled on his way to the basket with 3.1 seconds remaining. The first shot came up short and after a timeout the Bruins elected to try and intentionally miss the free throw hoping to grab the rebound. The shot, however, missed the rim, which gave the ball back to the Prophets.
On the ensuing in-bounds play senior Sam Jones was fouled and went to the line and promptly missed both shots giving the Bruins one last chance as they snagged the rebound and called time out with .6 seconds left. Harrison Ames was able to steal the baseball pass in-bounds play to seal the win.
Henrekin started five seniors and was able to get playing time to all of the seniors before halftime. " Not every school does that, but it is something we have always tried to do."
Brayton Lavine led the Prophets with 15 points as Logan Henrekin added 10. Harrison Ames connected for 9 and Eric Robinson booked 8.
The Prophets take on Forreston at the Polo Regional next Tuesday.
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