Tiger Basketball falls to Fern Creek 49-43 in Game 3 of the Summer Shootout
In Game 3 of the St. X Summer Shootout, the Tiger Basketball team fell to Fern Creek 49-43. Senior William Olsen led the way for the Tigers with 14 points while Senior Connor McKim added 10 points as well.
The starting five for the game was McKim, Olsen, Ryan McDaniel, Evan Walker and Pierce Kiesler. This lineup jumped out to an early 10-6 lead with 13:13 remaining in the first half (two 20 minute halves were played). Fern Creek slowly took control after that, as they slashed to the basket continuously and went into the half with a 28-21 lead.
Down the stretch, Coach Klein took a page out of Coach Cal’s playbook and began to platoon. The starters and the lineup of Alex Hulse, Paul Oberst, Tyler Barnes, Connor Knight and Austin Brian switched in an out. Coach Klein pleaded with his starters to match the reserve’s energy and get to the 50-50 balls.
With 2 minutes remaining, the Tigers trailed 42-33 and looked out of it. Olsen kept the Tigers in at, as he shook off a bad shooting day and knocked down two three pointers in a row. Olsen followed that up with a step back from just inside the three to cap off a personal 8-0 run which trimmed Fern Creek’s lead to 42-41.
After a pair of free throws by Fern Creek, McDaniel put back his own shot to bring it to 44-43 with under a minute remaining. That was as close as the Tigers got, as Fern Creek knocked down their free throws to win 49-43.
The Tigers fall to 1-2 in the Summer Shootout after today’s performance. The Tigers started out with a 65-40 win over Warren East, but lost to Henderson County by two in the 1 o’clock game on Tuesday.
The Tigers looked strong, and their full court pressure near the end of the game gave Fern Creek fits. Olsen looks to be the go to scorer for the Tigers, as he continues to show his ability to knock down threes and attack the rim. McKim got into the lane with ease today and was able to finish on multiple attempts. Add that with his mid-range ability, and he should only improve in his 2nd year as the starting point guard. Kiesler and Brian showed promise, as they both were major factors down low. If Kiesler can trim the turnovers down, the sky is the limit on his potential down low.
The Tiger Basketball team will play Manual tomorrow in the Willis Center at 3pm in the fourth and final game of the Summer Shootout.