Basketball: Boys suffer first playoff loss

By Christopher Duclos

It was a classic Seattle basketball game as Ballard traveled to Juanita High to take on their rival, Garfield.

It took the Beavers some time to find their footing against the Bulldogs as they were outscored in the 1st period 17-6. Eventually, the Beavers were able to come back to narrow the lead, coming down to a reachable two-point difference in the 3rd quarter. But the Beavers were still unable to catch up to Garfield. Garfield broke away again in the 4th quarter. As the final seconds ticked down, Garfield kept scoring, leading to a loss for Ballard, 55-41.

Scoring Summary – Johnny Verduin, 12 points; Ray Owens, 11; Seth Berger, 7; Nate Rauda, 7; Nick Brown, 2; Stuart MacGeorge, 2.

The season is not yet over. In order to be eliminated from playoff contention, the Beavers must lose twice. They will play their next game against Newport on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 4:45 p.m. The season will end for whichever team loses that match-up.

Notes:

  • Johnny Verduin scorred his 700th career point for Ballard against Friday night’s action against Garfield.

Christopher Duclos is the sports writer for BNT you can follow him on twitter @thechrisduclos

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