Bluejays prepare for postseason action after regular season comes to a close at Creston – Sports – Boone News-Republican
The postseason games for the Bluejays are scheduled to begin next Monday, February 18 at 8 p.m.
The team then travels to Carroll to play the Tigers in the first round of the Class 3A Substate 8 basketball tournament.
But to be fresh and ready to take on the 17-3 Raccoon River conference winner Tigers, this Perry team has to distance itself from the 61:23 loss on Thursday evening.
In their last regular season game on February 14, the Bluejays (0-19) traveled to Creston for a non-conference match against the Panthers (9-10).
In the first, the hosts opened their offensive on 16 points while keeping their guests on only eight.
The early deficit didn’t worry Aaron Lyons, the Bluejays head coach. He admitted that while some would see the eight-point deficit as a loss, he felt his team had played a solid first quarter.
It was similar in the second round, where the eight-point deficit of the Bluejays increased to 19 after the home team’s 19-8 run.
After the half, the Bluejays offense pushed further forward, but only had four points against 17 from the hosts.
In the fourth, the two teams combined for 12 points, 9-3 Panthers. Perrys Kato Dougan led the team with 10 points and 5 steals, according to Lyons.
Unfortunately for the Bluejays, the defeat marked a regular season without a win. The last time the team did almost worse was in the 2007-2008 season when they won two games.
With the postseason only days away, however, the Bluejays should rest easy knowing that every team starts with a 0-0 record.
“At the end of the day, we have to keep getting better and better,” said Lyons. “Children understand that the next level is much more difficult, but our children are ready for the challenge.”
Any sports enthusiast can tell you that the regular season is just that, a regular season. Everything changes in the postseason and what you did before is a thing of the past.
Excitement is not uncommon. Throughout sports history, there have been numerous underdogs who braved the odds and achieved an unlikely victory.
For the Bluejays, they can rewrite their entire season with just one win. A win that will have an impact throughout the tournament and will write these Bluejays in Perry’s history books.