Boys' Basketball shoots off to RegionalsThursday, March 22, 2012 By Milena Beltramo
The WLC Varsity Boys’ basketball team played their final game this year at the regional semifinals March 12, where they ended a strong season that began over three months ago, in December. The game, against Detroit Catholic Central in Novi, was ultimately lost by seven points, bringing the finishing score to 35-42 loss. This brought the team’s total season record was an impressive 17-6. Though keeping pace for much of the game, Walled Lake Central’s team began to trail at the end of the third quarter, starting off the fourth quarter an intimidating twelve points down. Despite the score, however, WLC made a concerted and aggressive offensive play in order to win themselves five more points just five seconds before the clock ran out. Seniors Zac Leimbach and KJ Schultz scored 12 and 11 points each. After the game, Coach Dennis Butcher had no regrets. “I’m so proud of these guys,” Butcher said. “As a collective group, they are my heroes. They’ve taught me a lot about myself as a coach. They are one of the gutsiest groups I have ever coached.” Other notable games this season include the match against Waterford Kettering and Walled Lake Western. The match against Kettering was central’s most complete win, obliterating the opponent with a final score off 66-31, on February 3. The game against traditional in-district rival Walled Lake Western met with similar success, although they were defeated by a narrower margin: 54-46.