Should-to-shoulder in Ball Gymnasium, Blackford fans and Burris fans alike flooded the Owls’ home court to see the show. And what a show it was.
Senior night for the Owls, the seniors were locked in at tip off. Seniors James Roysdon scored an early bucket and Jackson Adamowicz was hot from the start, steering the Owls from buzzer to buzzer.
But when it came to the Bruins, it was no surprise that sophomore guard Luke Brown lived up to the hype leading Blackford to a win, 88-69, over Burris,
By halftime, he had not only tallied 21 points but had broken Blackford’s all-time scoring record. Brown had just broken 1000 points mere weeks ago in the beginning of the month.
“I thought at times we did pretty well defending [Brown],” Burris head coach Joseph Anderson said. “Other times I thought we played a little timid. We knew it’d be a circus with that kid coming in town.”
Junior Brandon Stroble joined Brown in adding a spark to the Bruin offense, posting 13 in the first half.
It was Adamowicz that kept the Owls in the game, cutting through the lane multiple times in the first half and leading the team in points. But with a score of 50-36 at halftime in favor of the Bruins, the Owls had some catching up to do.
“[Adamowicz] showed up and played a strong game for us,” Anderson said. “It was his last senior home game and he did it well.”
Adamowicz continued to guide the Owl offense, recording paint points and adding continuously leading the team. He was accompanied by junior Bracken Karnes who showed his skills behind the arc, racking four threes throughout the night.
“We played really hard,” Adamowicz said. “That’s a really good team we played tonight. We left it all out there. At times we just lacked the focus.”
Brown proved to be unstoppable, relentlessly registering 35 points by the buzzer. Stroble drained five threes of his own and junior Dalton Willmann added nine.
With a final score of 88-69, Anderson was happy with his team’s performance overall.
“For me, I wanted it to be about our kids,” Anderson said. “Our seniors did well and I don’t want that to get lost.”
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