Despite opening loss, Black River hoops glad to be back!
The Black River High School boys' basketball team started their season last Friday night with a 68-51 loss at Bellows Falls Union High School. However, that was not the most important aspect of this night for the Presidents, as this team was simply happy to be back on the court again.
You see, Black River High School did not put a boys' team on the hardwood last season because of overall low numbers, so the simple fact that they are back on the court again and competing is a great accomplishment. However, make no mistake that the Presidents came to play and for a half, had the Terriers on the run.
Ironically, the Terriers had been going through an identity crisis themselves of sorts, having gone the entire season last year without a win and going back to the season before, had lost 23 straight games and were also desperate for a win. "We don't have a lot of depth with only eight players on the roster, but these kids are working hard and are glad to be back on the court," Black River coach Brian Joy said after the game.
The Presidents indeed came to play and jumped out to an early 7-0 lead on the shooting of junior Kyle Milligan, and had a 20-10 lead after the first quarter, However, in the second stanza the Terriers began chipping away at the lead with better shot selection as senior Chris Goldschmidt and junior Drew Guild started feeling it offensively as the Terriers cut the lead to one with just under two minutes left in the half.
But the Presidents kept working hard and after senior Jacob Covell scored on a driving lay up through the lane for a 3-point lead, BF freshman Kendrick Mills scored on a follow up to end the half Black River holding a slim, one-point lead.