The St. David Tigers went into overtime against the visiting NFL YET College Prep Academy Eagles on Friday, Feb. 14 in the regional tournament but came up short 79-77 for their final game of the 2019-20 season.
The Tigers finished their season with a record of 16-10 overall and sixth place in the pre-state 1A rankings. “It was a tough game,” varsity coach Nathan Richardson said, “but we always finish strong and never quit.”
The Tigers came out strong in the first quarter, making three 3-pointers to start the game, but a persistent NFL team came back to lead 16-14 at the end of the quarter. Keeping the game close through the end of the half, NFL maintained their lead 33-30. The third quarter had the Eagles build their lead to 55-47 but a determined Tiger team fought back to tie the game at 69 and go into overtime. A close back and forth overtime benefited the Eagles as they finished with the win and a trip to the state championships
“It is a privilege to play on this team,” junior captain Kason Jacquez said following the game. “It was a hard game to lose in overtime, but we will learn from it. I can’t wait until next year to play with this great group of athletes.”
Statistically for the Tigers Jacquez scored 32 points and Reo Larson added 29 to lead the Tigers.
“We will definitely have a busy summer with our athletes playing a lot of basketball,” Coach Richardson said. “We only have one senior graduating this year and our next years’ freshmen are also strong players. We are always looking to the future of our program and to continually improving.”