DAYVILLE – The Dayville/Monument High School boys basketball team lost a disappointing 48-67 battle to the Hosanna Christian Lions in first-round state playoff action Feb. 22.

“The first half was well-played, and the Tigers fought back to trail by 2 points at halftime,” said coach Ron Schafer.

During the first half of the third quarter, the Tigers took the lead 34-31 and played well, he noted.

“Then the boys lost their focus offensively, and Hosanna Christian took advantage. They used a patient spread offense, which is designed to break down the Tiger defense,” said Schafer.

For the Tigers, junior Jake Buce led the scoring with 18 points. Senior Justin Larson put in 15; Colten Winters, a sophomore, added 9; and Jon Kimball, a senior, and Jamen Schafer, a sophomore, added 3 points apiece.

“The Tiger bench added much encouragement during the game,” said Schafer.

The state game capped a good season, he said.

“I’m really proud of our team and all they accomplished this year,” Schafer said. “We will really miss the three graduating seniors (Kimball, Larson and Hunter Powell) but we are also excited about the returning players.”

The Tigers took second place in the High Desert League, and went 10-0 in league and 21-4 overall.

Hosanna Christian went on to play Imbler in the second round Saturday, Feb. 25, losing 52-58 in overtime to the Panthers.

       

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