Pam Pack lose heartbreaker against Farmville Central to end seasonPublished 12:56pm Saturday, February 22, 2014
In a competitive back-and-forth affair, the Washington boys basketball team came just two seconds away from pulling the upset in Farmville on Friday, losing to the Jaguars in the 77-75.
“We had good intensity all night long,” said head coach Stephen Flowers. “We put up a fight tonight.”
Tournament-bound Farmville Central entered with a 15-6 record and a guaranteed first-place finish in the 2A Conference 14 Standings. On the other hand, Washington sits at the bottom of the conference with just three wins on the season overall.
With nothing to lose, the Pam Pack laid it all on the line, exhibiting some of the most high-energy, motivated basketball the team has played all season. Senior Stevie Green and junior Azim Anthony had an answer for each Jaguars baskets throughout the night, resulting in over a dozen lead changes.
Farmville’s E.J. Scott and Malik Smith owned the paint, blocking Green on multiple occasions and pulling down the majority of the rebounds.
Despite being outrebounded, the Pam Pack persevered and kept it a one-possession heading into the final eight minutes.
Finally, the Jaguars opened the lead up to six points over the final minute and a half of play, but Washington powered back by getting to the line. With just 33 seconds remaining, junior Aaron Smith stepped back and hit a clutch three to tie it at 74 all.
“They’re good,” Flowers said. “They’re 9-1 in the conference and we’re 1-9, but it still came down to that [final shot]. I’m proud of them.”
The Pam Pack would later take a two-point lead on two free throws by Anthony with 11 seconds left, but Farmville sharpshooter Jake Ashorn refused lose, hitting a long three-pointer in the final seconds to seal the victory.
Green finished with 19 points, while Farmville sophomore Deondre Parker led his team with 20.
“If we give that effort right there, we’ll be good next year,” Flowers said. “We’re still very young. We’ll be good.