Huskers Fall Short in Home Opener

There were expectations, and then there was what unfolded in the debut of the new Yorktown High School basketball court on Wednesday night. December 1st was the season opener for the Huskers basketball team, and it could not have been more thrilling, even if Yorktown would fall 52-50 to the visiting Ketchem Indians. But like in most games, the final score only tells half the story, and Wednesday’s hard-fought contest was no exception. Throughout the game, Eddie Brucaj, the 6’8” giant and super-star center, proved to be a key factor underneath the basket. At times grabbing every rebound to others using his long wingspan to break up passes, Brucaj was a force to be reckoned with. But even when Brucaj took the form of Goliath, the Indians embodied David and jumped out to a 26-22 lead going into halftime. In fact, the Indians held the lead for the majority of the game. Led down the stretch by clutch shots from sophomores Billy Feeks and Tommy Costello, the Huskers clawed back from deficits of 7 and 9 points. Then, with under 6 minutes left in the 4th quarter, the Huskers looked up and found themselves back in front on the scoreboard, their first lead since the early stages of the first quarter. As the game wound down, Yorktown and Ketchem traded tastes of victory as the advantage jumped from one team right back to the other. With under 5 seconds left and down 1 point, Yorktown had one last shot to pull off the inspiring come from behind victory. When the shot came in from Antoine Coles, the entire crop held its breath, but in the end, the shot went off the back iron and Ketcham held on for the victory. A loss in any sport is mentally draining, but Yorktown shouldn’t let this one linger in the back of their minds for too long. And with another chance to bring in the gym’s first win on Friday against Fox Lane, all the Huskers can do now is get back out on the court.