The final 15 seconds drained off the game clock as Bishop England moved the ball around the perimeter searching for an open look.
Trailing Burke by three in the waning moments a region tiebreaker game, the Bishops' season came down to one possession.
With the final buzzer approaching, the Bishops had to hoist. The attempt caught the side of the rim and just like that, their season ended with a 52-49 loss to Burke Monday at North Charleston High School.
“It's a tough way to finish the season,” Bishop England head coach Bryan Grevey said. “One play here, one play there, that game could have gone either way. But I'm really proud of my kids. We gave ourselves a chance to get back in the game at the end because they just wouldn't quit.”
Bishop England (11-14, 7-8) held the lead for all but three minutes of the first three quarters. While most of the game had the feel of a tough, defensive grind, the final eight minutes became track meet as both teams turning in their highest-scoring quarter of the game.
Adonicas Sanders scored eight in the fourth for Burke. The Bishops countered with eight points from B.J. Grevey and six from Baylor Rollins. Bishop England fell behind by at least five points three times in the fourth, including once in the final minute, but climbed back within a single possession each time.
“There was a sense of urgency in knowing that it was the last quarter and I think that forced both teams to find that extra burst,” Coach Grevey said. “Our kids knew the circumstances. They knew what they had to do and I'm just so proud of them. They left everything on the floor. They have nothing left in the tank.”
The Bishops scored nine straight to open the game and held a six-point lead after the first quarter. Burke cut the Bishop England lead down to two points twice in the final minute of the second quarter but the Bishops still managed to take a four-point lead into the break.
Sanders finished with 16 points to lead all scorers. Ishmael Evans and Sidney White both added 14 for Burke. Rollins led Bishop England with 15 points. Grevey scored 13 and Dillion Corbett turned in eight points, 13 rebounds and four steals.
The Bishops will lose seven players to graduation this season, including starting point guard Reed Fosberry, starting center Ben Carico and Corbett, their starting forward. They'll return their leading scorer in Grevey, along with Robert Butler, Rollins and Lawton Fosberry who all saw significant playing time this season.
“We'll certainly miss our seniors and it's disappointing to have this be their last game,” Coach Grevey said. “But I think we have a great nucleus of players coming back so I'm looking forward to it. We should be right back in it next year. No doubt about it.”