Washington loses a heartbreaker to BeddingfieldPublished 11:46pm Friday, January 17, 2014
Despite playing hard for four quarters, Washington lost their third consecutive game to Beddingfield in the final minutes, 67-61.
Like most Pam Pack basketball games, it was the Stevie Green show in the first half. Green and his team stepped onto the floor confident and poised to pick up their first conference win of the season.
Crudely undersized compared to the Bruins, the Pam Pack managed to fight and win the majority of the rebounds in the first half. Green would capitalize on the opportunities, abundantly scoring points in transition. His first half also featured a breakaway one-handed slam dunk that brought a portion of the gymnasium to their feet.
Green was anchored by point guard John Whitley, who finished with 14 points. Whitely led his team in assists and made smart and well-timed decisions.
The confident Pam Pack took a 36-26 lead and into halftime. However, the absence of a normal practice schedule due to final exam week would result in late-game fatigue from everyone wearing a Washington uniform.
“We have to play harder,” said Head Coach Steven Flowers. “It hurt us this week we didn’t get to practice. We only had one practice and then we have three games, so all we can do is play hard.”
The Bruins exited the locker room with the same energy they showcased in the first half, while the Pack Pack failed to match their pace.
Slowly, Beddingfield chipped away at Washington’s lead. A few points off turnovers and aggressive drives to the hoop by the Bruins’ guards in the fourth quarter eclipsed the Pam Pack’s three-quarter lead.
“That’s thing about them, they never quit,” said Flowers. “They were down the whole game and just kept fighting and fighting. When they got the lead, it perked them up.”
Beddingfield expanded the lead to double digits with just minutes remaining, as the Pam Pack started throwing up desperation threes to stay in it. Whitley would knock down a pair, but in the end it wouldn’t be enough.
“The shot selection wasn’t good at times, but we played hard,” said Flowers.
Washington will try to pick up their first conference victory on Tuesday against South Creek.