The Burr Oak boys basketball team turned in a solid offensive performance on Wednesday night during the Class D district semifinals, but the Bobcats were unable to keep pace with Athens.
The Bobcats capped their season on their own floor where they fell to Athens 69-51. The Indians now advance to the district championship, where they will face Marcellus on Friday night.
“We didn’t come out strong on the offensive end tonight,” Burr Oak coach Dave Brackett said. “We didn’t shoot well from any areas. We didn’t take care of the ball tonight either. Athens hit all their open shots and that is not a recipe for a win. We played hard all night but could never find a rhythm. It was a great year and not the way we wanted to finish but I’m very proud of the way the boys played.”
Christian Eckert and Chantz Owens certainly kept Burr Oak in the contest on Wednesday night. Eckert’s strong night from 3-point range helped bring his point tally to 17, which tied a game-high. He scored four of his team’s five treys on the evening.
Owens finished with 13 points, draining Burr Oak’s other 3-pointer. Logan Mount added nine points for the Bobcats, while Brent Everitt had six points and Kenny Watson added four points.
The game was heavy on free throws, both teams going to the charity stripe 26 times. Athens converted on 18 of those attempts while Burr Oak finished with 10 free throws made. The Bobcats outrebounded Athens 38-28, with Mount snaring 13, and Owens and Everitt finishing with 10 each.