Brusly basketball

Despite holding a 13-point lead in the third quarter, the Brusly Panthers' season ended Friday night following a 68-57 overtime loss to Pine Prairie in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs.

"We led nearly the whole game," said Brusly head coach Kirby Loupe. "We had a five-point lead going into halftime, but we missed out on an opportunity to extend the lead with their best player on the bench because of foul trouble.

"We went cold in the second half and once they got back into and got the momentum, they took over in overtime."

Brusly's 8-0 run to kick off the second half gave the Panthers their biggest lead of the game at 13 points.

Loupe said turnovers and a field goal drought helped Pine Prairie claw back into the game.

Pine Prairie took that momentum from regulation into the overtime period, dominating the extra frame to take the 11-point victory.

Loupe said Friday's loss was tough to swallow, but the season was not an unsuccessful one.

"We had a decent season," he stated. "It's very disappointing that we didn't advance to the second round. When you set your goals at the beginning of the year, it's to get to the second round, the third round and hopefully the Top 28.

"We feel we lost that game more than they (Pine Prairie) won it," he added. "It's a sour taste to have in our mouths. We have almost everybody coming back next year, so hopefully, it burns enough for them in the offseason to push us forward. It'll be an important offseason for us."

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