Falcons fall short in 45-41 semifinal loss
Special to The R-C
The Sierra Lutheran Falcons entered the Northern 1A Regional Tournament this past weekend, splitting their two games in Elko.
Sierra Lutheran (16-11 overall record) came into the playoffs seeded No. 4 from the West. The Falcons’ first game on Thursday night resulted in a 55-46 win over the No. 1 seed from the East, the McDermitt Bulldogs.
The Falcons took them by surprise and took off during the game. Throughout the game it seemed like the Falcons could not miss, putting away basket after basket and led by as many as 20 points in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs showed grit and did not let the Falcons have it easy, though, and scored the final 11 points of the game .
The Falcons’ second game came on Friday night when they lost to the Owyhee Braves by a slim margin of 45-41. The Braves were the No. 3 seed from the East and had defeated the Virginia City Muckers 56-50 the previous day.
The Braves had a large turnout of fans that made the game even more challenging for the Falcons. The game was close, whenever one team scored the other responded. By halftime the Falcons were only down 22-21 and the score was tied 30-30 at the end of three quarters.
Sierra Lutheran fought through the adversity and continued to stay with the Braves. The game came down to the last 8 seconds when the Falcons made one last 3-point attempt to tie the game.
Mineral County defeated Owyhee in the championship game on Saturday, 88-47. Both teams will play in the 1A state tournament Friday and Saturday in Las Vegas.
The Falcons basketball program finishes the season standing proud and looks to be ready for some more basketball come November.