STURGEON — The Douglass boys basketball team scrapped until the end, but ultimately fell 54-46 to Harrisburg (22-4) in the Class 2, District 5 championship game Saturday at Sturgeon High School.
After building a 12-6 lead early in the second quarter over top-seeded Harrisburg (22-4), Douglass’ inexperience on the big stage seemed to get the best of it. Douglass began to turn the ball over and struggle from the free-throw line, where the it went 14-for-30.
“We’re a young team,” Douglass coach Lynn Allen said. “Harrisburg’s experience took over late, but we have nothing to hang our heads about.”
Douglass senior Anthony Massengale played “the game of his life”, according to Allen, in what was Massengale’s final high school basketball game.
“He definitely saved his best for last,” Allen said.
Massengale finished with a game-high 15 points.
Douglass (20-7) can take comfort in that it will be returning nearly its entire team next season.
Massengale is the team’s only senior.
“We hate to lose Anthony, but it’s great to have just about everybody back,” Allen said. “It’s imperative, though, that we practice during the summer and attend some summer camps as a team.”
Douglass sophomore Brandon Gleason expects the team to be back to the district championship game next year, but anticipates a different result.
“Just tell Harrisburg we’ll be back for them next season,” Gleason said. “Going to put our work in this summer.”