The Colts had a great shot at a championship entering this season, and in the early going, it seemed as though they may have brought one home, winning 9 of their first 10 games. But soon, a plague of injuries started to sweep through the team, hindering their chance at a higher seed entering the playoffs. The guys still impressively held on to a 17-4 record entering the playoff game in Brentwood, but in a back-and-forth contest were just edged by a score of 78-74, ending a spectacular and extremely promising 2016-17 season.
The game was a battle of runs; that is, early on, no team was able to establish consistent defensive control until the start of the second half. Brentwood opened up the game firing out of the gates to a 12-2 lead, but soon after the Colts’ Jackson Weisbrot and Dereck Brower Jr. hit back to back threes, and Matt Asenjo put in a fast break layup to lead an 8-0 run and bring the game to within 2.
Brentwood then opened the second quarter the same way they opened the game, responding with a 12-0 run of their own to bring the game from 18-17 up to a 30-17 deficit for the Colts. You probably could’ve guessed what followed, as West put up their own 12-4 run to end the half down 5, 34-29.
The game felt tighter from this point forward, as the Colts were able to finally take their first lead of the game when Cam Jordan knocked down a couple of free throws to make the score 40-39 halfway through the third. The third quarter continued to intensify, and the two teams battled into the fourth with Brentwood leading 47-46.
As the fourth quarter clock waned down, Matt Asenjo was able to tie the game up at 56 with a couple of free throws of his own with two minutes to play. With 1:36 to go Cam gave West a one point lead, and then drew an offensive foul on the following possession to get some momentum on the side of the Colts. Brentwood didn’t flinch, though, and quickly regained the lead 61-60 with two free throws from Kenny Lazo.
Jordan then came up big once again, hitting one of two free throws to bring the game to a tie at 61 with under a minute to play.
Brentwood scored again with 11 seconds left in the game, holding a two point lead. With a chance to win the game, Asenjo received the ball and took a three that was just wide, but Cam held is ground and fought for a putback as time expired to send the game into overtime.
To no surprise, Brentwood cannoned to a 7 point lead as the overtime period started, and also to no surprise, Asenjo and Jordan helped lead a Colts’ rally with a couple of three point lays to bring the game back to a 2 point deficit, 71-69.
But Brentwood was not letting up, and after a few clutch plays from Rahmel Allen, the lead became too much with too little time, and the Colts were sent home after a 78-74 overtime thriller in Brentwood.
Despite losing seniors Matt Asenjo, Cam Jordan, and others next year, the Colts are confident in their ability to contend once again next season.
Brower Jr., who finished with 19 points in the game, talked about what the team has to do in regards to upcoming seasons saying, “A couple of important things we have to remember to do: have to play extra strong now, with Cam, Jovahn, Matt and all the [seniors] leaving, a lot of people have to step up. We can’t just rely on them to make the big play at the end now, we have to really play harder now, play smarter now, and use what we have to the best of our [abilities].”