Last Tuesday night, Burke County High School’s boys’ basketball team saw their run at a state championship appearance come to an unfortunate end after a last-minute 56-52 loss to Beach High School of Savannah. With under a minute left in the game, Burke County had the game close at a score of 54-52. After fouling an opposing player, who consequently made both of his free throws, the Bears were unable to bounce back and put more points on the scoreboard.
This didn’t stop an impressive outing from some of their star players. Senior Kobe Brown (#20) led the team with 27.2 out of 32 total minutes played. He also posted an exceptional 10 assists and 3 steals, leading the team in both categories. Talking about the experience he had playing basketball his last year in high school, all of Kobe’s attention was on his teammates. He said the only reason he did so well in games, this last playoff game included, was because of the amazing support he had from his teammates.
He reflected on basketball practices: “they were competitive,” he said, and both coaches and the other players were always giving their highest effort. He wanted to make sure that the community knew that his teammates played a big part in the last game. “Without them,” he said, “I wouldn’t have had all those assists.” His favorite part about his senior season was being able to secure a home playoff berth. Where, during this last game against Beach, he said that he could feel the atmosphere: “it felt like love” from his Burke County supporters.
When asked about his future, he said that he planned to play basketball in college, but he’s not exactly sure where. “I just have to make the best decision,” he said.
Where Kobe fell short, other players stepped up big. This includes teammates Isam Anthony (#10) and Tykevian Hiers (#22) who tied for the most three pointers at 4 apiece. Hiers also led the team in field goals made with 6/15 finding the basket for a total of 16 points. As a whole, the basketball team hit 18 out of 53 field goals, with 9 out of 26 of those being three pointers, and 7 out of 13 free throws for a total of 52 points.
Additionally, the Bears showed that they know how to play on the defensive side of the ball retrieving 11 offensive rebounds and 27 defensive rebounds for a total of 38. They also stole the ball 6 times and blocked 5 attempted shots.
The team fell short in the turnover and personal foul categories. In total, Burke County turned the ball over to Beach 18 times. Add to that a gruesome amount of personal fouls (24), and the mere 4 point loss becomes even more impressive.
Despite an abrupt end to a promising season, the players expressed pride in their effortsos. As Kobe Brown reflected, “the best part of the year was to see Coach Dukes smile.” The BCHS basketball team did just that.