ROSEPINE – East Beauregard found success from deep to end its season on a high note.
The Trojans hit eight 3s to defeat Rosepine 70-67 Friday night at Rosepine High School.
"I love these guys," East Beauregard head coach Stephen Brown said. "Whether we win or we lose, it's fun to coach them. They're great human beings and are going to do well when they go out into the world."
Rosepine drops to 5-21 on the year and will miss the playoffs following its regular-season finale Friday night against Vinton.
"They never gave up," first-year Rosepine head coach Gary Hahler said. "They gave me their best effort. We had a few defensive lapses that hurt us, and we missed a few shots that we shouldn't have.
"We tried to change our mindset and it's taken us all year to do that. The biggest thing I learned is that, just like the kids, never give up. There have been some times when you get beat and feel like chucking it in, but we're trying to teach these kids not just basketball, but life lessons. Life is going to throw them some curves."
East Beauregard (9-14, 3-7), who will also miss the playoffs, led 17-12 and extended the lead to double figures after a layup by Konner Seal with 6:40 to play in the half.
The Eagles cut the deficit to 3 after two free throws from Josh Stephens, but a 3 by Devin Perkins pushed the lead back 10 points minutes later.
Perkins hit five 3 pointers in his final game as a Trojan.
"Every time they made a run, Devin Perkins hit a 3," Brown said. "They were playing man and forgot to guard the best shooter in the gym."
East Beauregard led 55-51 after the third quarter, but Rosepine trailed by just 2 with 2:36 to play.
The Trojans went up 3 with 56 seconds to go and hit enough free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
Stephens led Rosepine with 23 points, and Dudley Dupree (14), Aaron Young (13) and Braydon Blakeway (11) all finished in double figures.
Noah Gill finished with 30 for East Beauregard, and Perkins scored 27.
"This year has been fun," Brown said. "At times, we may have not played well, but the kids enjoyed each other, and I enjoyed the kids.
"We've played some good teams and had a few games get away from us: Oakdale and at home and Fairview at home. We've been competitive."