As the season comes to an end, the mighty Lewis Cass Kings fell to the Manchester Squires 57-56 in the opening game of the IHSAA Class 2A Oak Hill Boys Basketball Sectional. 

The Kings went into the postseason expecting a deep run in the sectional tournament; however, on Feb. 28, the Kings couldn’t pull out a win.

The Kings led the Squires 15-2 at the end of the first quarter. By the half, Manchester began a rally, ending the first half 20-20. 

On the last play of the game, Evan Ohman drove to the basket and missed a short shot. Nies followed behind and tried to make a quick shot off of the rebound. After Nies missed the shot, Kitchel had a short shot in the paint that bounced twice off of the rim and fell out, leaving the Kings one point short of a win. 

“We were trying to get to the basket and attack the basket,” Lewis Cass Coach Jon Kitchel said. “Got a good look up on the first one, had a tip on the second. The third one was just a perfect look that just kind of hit the back of the rim and rolled out. It was kind of the story of the game. We missed a lot of easy shots that we normally hit, and they hit everything.”

Senior Cohen Nies led the Kings with 19 points, 12 rebounds, and four blocks. Kitchel followed with 16 points. Overall, the game seemed to be a game of threes. The Squires shot 8 for 16 behind the arc, while the Kings found themselves struggling to make the inside shots.

The Kings ended the season 14-9. Seniors Nies, Ohman, Brock Hadley, and Alec Eurit attributed so much to the Kings over the years. With the leadership of the seniors, the Kings would not have completed such a successful season despite the results in the final tournament. Altogether, the senior class influenced and encouraged the younger teammates to be a leader and bring the best out of each player. The Lewis Cass community will always be grateful for the senior class.