Huron Tigers’ senior class will be one to remember

BOWLING GREEN — Huron coach Bobby James called out his seniors early in the second when he threw the team out of a practice and asked them what kind of legacy they wanted to leave behind.

Months later, one of the greatest seasons in Huron High School basketball history came to an end as the Tigers fell to Bloom-Carroll 62-54 in the Division III Bowling Green Regional Semifinal on Wednesday.

The seniors that wore the red Huron jersey for the last time in their lives have quite a lot of be proud of, as they helped the Tigers win their first Sandusky Bay Conference championship since the 2005-06 season and their first district title in 14 years. Wednesday’s game was only the third regional appearance for Huron in 50 years.

“We started this year off 2-3, and here we are at Bowling Green playing a pretty good team as you see from Bloom-Carroll,” James said. “We took them right down to the wire. I think we gave them everything they wanted tonight. I couldn’t be more proud of my kids.”

Senior Aaron Casey led his team with 20 points and got the Tigers off to a good start. He controlled the paint for Huron and knocked down several big shots for his team as he had 12 first-half points.

“Whoever had the hot hand, we just gave them the ball,” Casey said. “Everybody on the team can get hot. Tonight was just a good night.”

Aaron Driftmeyer struggled from the field, shooting just 2-for-7 from the floor for five points but had a game-high 10 rebounds. His highlight of his final game came in the first quarter as he chased down a Bloom-Carroll player and blocked his layup to keep the score tied at 10.

“We played like it was our last game, and unfortunately it ended up being my last game,” Driftmeyer said. “I thought the whole game, Casey had the hot hand. Everytime he got it, he made a move and produced. When I got the ball, I was supposed to make some moves and I didn’t do quite as much as I wanted to.”

Senior Colin McCready scored all 10 of his points in the second half, and hit some big shots to keep his team within range of the Bulldogs.

Huron made it to Bowling Green thanks to a strong second half of the season as it came into Wednesday’s game having lost just once in 2013. The Tigers ended the regular season by winning 12 of their final 13 games to clinch a share of the SBC with defending champion Perkins, who also won a district title.

Huron beat Western Reserve 41-35 on Saturday to win its first district championship since 1999, putting this Huron senior class among the best in program history.

“This is our third regional appearance in the last 50 years,” James said. “That’s the kind of legacy they’ve left. I told them that you’re a part of it. In 50 years, we’ve been down to the regionals three times.

“Before our second game, I threw them out of practice. I asked the kids, ‘What kind of legacy do you want to leave?’ They left it, making their third regional appearance in school history and played their tails off. I think everybody here can understand what a great game that was. You can’t walk out of this arena saying we did not play our tails off.”



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Last Updated: 3/13/2013 11:22:52 PM EST

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