Well, the 2017 basketball season has come and gone for all of the Division II athletes after last weekend’s DII state championships at Lipscomb University.
Drama ensued, but ultimately the Division II boys tournament had the same outcome as the one a year ago.
Let’s take a look at how that went down.
FRA Loses the Division II-A State Championship (again)
Poor Franklin Road Academy. The Panthers made it all the way to the DII-A state championship game only to come up short once again.
This year it was a 65-54 loss to Memphis-based Lausanne.
Granted, it wasn’t as painful as last year’s heartbreaker – the Panthers were outscored 26-12 by Harding Academy in the final frame to blow a 14-point fourth-quarter lead before eventually losing in overtime – but this one still hurt.
Jack Doherty and Brennan Cook each poured in 15 points, but Lusanne used to just six players to rack up 64 points while FRA shot just 41 percent from the field against Lusanne’s 47.8 percent.
FRA paid for mistakes at the free throw line. The Panthers committed a game-high 19 fouls – six more than Lusanne – while the Lynx converted 13 of their 17 free throws.
Brentwood Academy Rolls in DII-AA Title Game (again – shocker)
The Brentwood Academy Eagles won the Division II-AA state title game this season and I have yet to hear anyone sound surprised.
This is the Eagles third consecutive state title and it gives them a chance to have the first state four-peat since the 2003-06 BA team that featured current Memphis Grizzlies player and three-time Mr. Basketball winner Brandan Wright.
The Eagles were the best team all year long and they proved it with a 74-42 beatdown of McCallie in the championship match.
Junior Mr. Basketball winner Darius Garland dropped a game-high 30 points adding seven rebounds and four assists while Cameron Johnson and Tate Pierson added 13 apiece and Jeremiah Oatsvall another 10.
Now, it is time to look forward to next year and whether or not the Eagles can make it an absolutely dominant four in a row.