Tuesday night the Patriot gym at the lower school was decked out in red and pink, along with the traditional Patriot colors red, white and blue. The gym looked this way because of the annual “Sweetheart Game” where the Sweetheart Court was introduced at halftime and a queen was crowned, similarly to a homecoming game, court and crown during football season. Senior Samantha Boudreaux was crowned queen of the Court during halftime, but that was far from the only excitement of the night!
The basketball team faced the Rummel Raiders on this night in a back and forth affair. However, the Patriots looked to be in control of the game late in the fourth quarter before a comeback by the Raiders forced overtime. The Patriot defense clung to a three point lead with 25 seconds to play and forced the Raiders into a fade away three point attempt. Senior Donell Jones, however, bumped the shooter just as he contested the shot putting the Raider player at the foul line. The Raider player drained all three shots tying the game at 61 with six seconds left to play. Junior guard Andrew Stagni’s shot at the buzzer was just off the mark to send the game into overtime.
Defense ruled the overtime period as the Patriots only allowed one basket to be made in the extra period, while hitting their shots and free throws for a 67-61 victory.