Boys Basketball has bright future

Rylen Kirk('16) walks off the court

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Rylen Kirk(’16) walks off the court

Connor Walsh, Assistant Sports Editor

     The Belvidere North boys basketball team struggled throughout the regular season, but the team was still looking to have postseason success.  The team took on Crystal Lake Central for their first regional game, and they came away with their third victory of the year winning 62-48.

     “It was a really good team victory,” said Cameron Chadwick (‘17), “It was a tight game for the most part, and we did a nice job of battling throughout.”

     The game was tight for the majority of the game, as the Thunder held only a 26-23 lead going into halftime, and a 39-35 lead after the third quarter.  The game was then put out of reach with a huge fourth quarter, while shutting down Crystal Lakes offence.  

     The victory advanced the team into the regional semifinals, where they took on the number one seed Prairie Ridge.   The teams run came to an end, as they fell 67-45.  The team fell behind from the beginning, as they trailed 35-19 at halftime.  

     “While I’m upset that the season’s over, it’s exciting to see what the future holds for this team,” said Chadwick, “we’re a pretty young team, and we have some players that can make an impact next year.”

     Next year there will be eleven players from this year’s roster that will be returning from this year’s team.  The team will also be losing only two starters, seniors Rylen Kirk and Jake Bannon.  

     With a JV team that had a very successful season, and plenty of returning players, there is plenty of reason to be hopeful about the future of the program.