By CURT HORNBECKER
HANCOCK - The longer the game wore on, the more Jeff Spielman found himself rubbing his eyes in disbelief.
His Hancock boys basketball team shot a miserable 23 percent from the field Wednesday night and dropped a 72-64 decision to Northern Garrett in the final regular-season game for both teams. The same two teams meet again Monday in the quarterfinals of the 1A West region playoffs.
"That's the worst we've shot all season," said Spielman. "We've had bad games, but at least we were able to put the ball in the hole. I can't believe the number of layups we missed. We didn't stop hustling, we didn't stop playing, we just couldn't score."
Despite the poor shooting performance, the Panthers weren't out of the game until the closing minutes of the fourth period. Northern Garrett managed to sink 14 of its 18 free throw attempts, and all seven of its shots from the floor in the final eight minutes.