Sometimes, a game is much more than a game. Tuesday night’s Boy’s Basketball opener vs Dwight was much more than a game. In a year that has thrown high schoolers off kilter all over the country, it was refreshing to see them play a sport they all love. While COVID-19 is still around us, the start of the high school sports season is a reminder we are closer and closer to a sense of normalcy.
As is the case with everything, COVID-19 is impacting how basketball is being played and how it looks. The game does not start with a jump ball, instead the away team is just awarded possession. The players are also required to wear masks while playing. While there are certainly differences watching them play, and the limited spectators makes things feel different, it was just nice to watch a high school sporting event in person again. As Herscher Senior Logan Lunsford put it, “it feels really good to be back playing again, it feels like I have part of my life back again.”
Lunsford’s excitement to be playing again showed on Tuesday night as he led all scorers with 29 points, while leading his team to a 67-57 over Dwight in overtime. The game itself was an exciting affair that had a lot of back and forth action. The Tigers battled foul trouble in the first half and received some contributions from their bench to help keep the game close. The game was tied at 52 at the end of regulation but the Tigers pulled away in the extra time outscoring Dwight 15-5. The Tigers were also aided in victory by Trey Schwarzkopf who added 20 points and Bascom Jackson who had 11.