Boys’ basketball’s playoff run comes to end in CIF Quarterfinals

Elijah Akhtarzad

Following a 98-96 overtime thriller against Maranatha to advance to the CIF quarterfinals Friday, the boys’ basketball team’s CIF run came to an end tonight, as the Wolverines fell 61-59 to Buckley. With 3.2 seconds remaining in the game, Griffins guard senior Chase Holiday drove to the basket and knocked down a layup to give Buckley a two-point advantage over the Wolverines, sealing the victory for the undefeated squad.

The Wolverines started the game off strong, led by Bryan Polan ’14, who scored seven of the Wolverines’ first 11 points. The squad’s defense at the wing positions allowed Alex Copeland ’15 and Derick Newton ’14 to rack up easy fast break points.

Although tied at 29 a piece heading into halftime, the Griffins were able to take a 53-49 lead by the start of the fourth quarter. The Wolverines fought back with aggressive defense, but Holiday’s layup solidified the Buckley win. Guard Michael Sheng ’14 was able to get a decent look at a three pointer seconds before the end of the game, but the ball rattled out, ending the Wolverines’ hopes of State playoffs and boosting the Griffins to a perfect 30-0 record heading into CIF semifinals.

The Wolverines ended the season with a 13-16 overall record and a 5-8 Mission League record. The trio of Copeland, Sheng and Newton led the Wolverines in scoring all season and helped head coach Gregg Hilliard notch his 600th win at Harvard-Westlake.