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Nick Walsh battles a crowd of Berean Academy defenders in the Tigers’ 37-36 loss to the Warriors March 8 at the Class 2A State Tournament in Manhattan. Last week’s loss was the closest of three run ins between Lyndon and Berean Academy at the state level.

Jeremy Gaston | Sports Editor

MANHATTAN—The Lyndon Tigers finished their season with the same team that ended it the last two years. It was a different round than last year, but the outcome was the same.

“We knew what type of game it was going to be,” said Lyndon Coach Michael Massey. “They were going to slow it down, move offensively and defend the tar out of us. We thought if we could get over the hump a little bit and get a lead, we’d be all right. We could just never get a break to get in that situation.”

The Tigers battled throughout, trailing Berean Academy by as many as 6 points at the half, but returned to tie the game 31-31 halfway through the fourth quarter.

Lyndon and Berean Academy were tied again, 36-36, going into the final 30 seconds of play. A foul defending Berean Academy’s last shot on the other end put Cameron Rust on the line, who sank the second of two shots to give the Warriors their game-winning point.

“We could have fouled earlier and made sure we had the last shot,” Massey said. “With the tied ball game, I wouldn’t have changed how we did it.”

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