Three games in as many days proved too much for the legs of the Bishop Ryan boys basketball team Saturday.
After hard-fought wins Thursday at Dunseith and Friday against Hazen, the Lions didn't have anything left to exert in their 68-57 loss to No. 8 Shiloh Christian.
"We just didn't have energy tonight," Ryan coach Brock Teets said. "We looked like a different team. At halftime I had my concerns. We just didn't have the defensive effort we had the prior nights. We just came out flat and continued to play flat and just couldn't get a spark tonight."
Bishop Ryan junior forward Tanner Sanders attacks the basket against Shiloh Christian on Saturday at Bishop Ryan.
Ryan's scoring output was its lowest of the season, yet the Lions hung with the Skyhawks throughout the first half. Ryan trailed 18-14 after one quarter and 32-31 at halftime before the wheels came off in the second half.
The Lions (4-2) hit just seven field goals in the final 16 minutes and finished 13 of 26 from the free-throw line. With Ryan unable to buy a bucket, Shiloh went on a 17-5 run in the fourth quarter for a 16-point lead - its largest of the contest. Shiloh junior forward Andrew Hartman scored all 12 of his points in the fourth quarter, hitting three 3-pointers.
The Skyhawks (3-1) entered the game looking to get back on track after dropping their first game of the season the night before. Sophomore guard Zac Martin finished with a game-high 15 points and junior guard Blake Emmel chipped in 10 to join Hartman in double figures.
"It was really important for us to do that," Shiloh coach Mike Dwyer said of regrouping after a loss. "Whether we win or lose, just to bounce back and be composed and play hard and play well ... is a big relief for the kids."
Ryan's tired legs failed them on defense as Shiloh was able to find open looks at the basket.
"We couldn't get stops," Teets said. "Shiloh must have scored on five or six consecutive possessions in the second half. That's something we hang our hat on to be successful this year. We didn't have the energy and they did. They wanted it more. I think the scoreboard shows that."
Junior forward Jared Will led the Lions with 14 points. Senior guard Brody Bosch was limited to 11 points - well below his season average. He had just three points in the second half.
"I take my hat off to Shiloh," Teets said. "They played a great game. They made big shots and took it to us and they definitely earned the win tonight."
Ryan travels to Beulah on Saturday at 6 p.m.
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