Boys' basketball season ends after close loss

IMG_5901By Devin Prasad
Executive Sports Editor 
With 13 seconds left, Prospect inbounded the ball to senior Kyle Beyak. The score was 49-48, St. Viator had the lead in the boys’ basketball regional semifinal. Beyak used some clock then passed off to senior Grant Miller. Miller put up and open 3 as the clock expired but to the dismay of many Prospect fans, the shot rimmed out and St. Viator moved on to the regional final.
Leading to that shot Prospect was on a role hitting shot after shot. Heading into the fourth quarter, the Knights were down 44-29 and it seemed like all the momentum was going Viator’s way. In that fourth quarter however, led by Miller, who scored 9 points in the quarter alone, the boys stormed back. It seemed Viator had trouble picking up on the Knights full court pressure as they committed many turnovers and put up many contested shots throughout the quarter.
On the offensive end, senior Greg Suarez and sophomore Frankie Mack shined in the final eight minutes. Suarez was able to earn many trips to the line and collect key offensive rebounds which allowed the Knights to stay in the game. Mack finished the night with 15 points and was able to drive the lane for multiple lay ups.
In the first three quarters, Viator had the lead the entire game, but according to head coach John Camardella in the second half, the Knights, “played well enough to win.”
Following the game, many members of the Underground stayed late waiting for the players to come out of the locker room. The U which played a big role throughout the season felt the need to support the players in a time that was tough for them.
Overall, Beyak was proud of the way the Knights played.
‘[It] was an incredible game to be a part of,” Beyak said. “There is nothing better than a rival match up in the playoffs. Even though the game didn’t turn out how we wanted it to, I was very proud of how my teammates played and stayed together through the whole season.”