The Fishers Varsity Boys Basketball team was defeated by the Zionsville Eagles on Friday evening by a final score of 48-44.
For only the second time in program history, albeit a very brief 13 year history, the Fishers Tigers found themselves playing for the opportunity to share a piece of the Hoosier Crossroads Conference title. In the 1st quarter, the Tigers looked like a team on a mission as their defensive pressure forced the visiting Eagles into numerous quick shots and a handful of errors allowing Fishers to open up an early advantage taking a 13-7 lead into the 2nd quarter. Fishers would carry that momentum into the 2nd period as they rode the hot hand of Luke Hernandez and big man Jeffrey Simmons helping them extend their lead to 23-14 going into the break. Coming out of halftime, Zionsville was able to make the necessary defensive adjustments to slow the host Tigers down before their Indiana All-Star candidate Isaiah Thompson found his groove connecting on 3 of 4 3-pointers in the 3rd quarter as the visiting Eagles erased the entire Fishers lead and took a 4 point lead into the final quarter of play up 33-29. In the 4th quarter, Zionsville took full advantage of the Tigers mounting foul trouble connecting on 9 of their 12 attempts from the free-throw line in the period which would be all they needed to hold Fishers at bay for the 48-44 win capturing sole possession of the 2018-2019 HCC Conference title as the Tigers finished 1 game behind tied for 2nd with Brownsburg at 5-2. The loss moves Fishers to 15-7 on the season with just 1 game remaining before the Sectional. Leading the way for the Tigers was Freshman big man Jeffrey Simmons with 15 points followed by Luke Hernandez with 9 points.
Fishers wraps up the regular season next Wednesday, February 20 on the road against Kokomo at historic Memorial Gymnasium with tip-off at 7:30 pm.