Editor’s note: Heisler Jimenez is a student at Lebanon High School and a staff writer for the district’s newspaper ‘The Cedars Times’. This piece originally was published on Feb. 9. It was reprinted with permission.
BY HEISLER JIMENEZ
The Lebanon Cedars boys’ basketball team played their last game of the season against Elizabethtown last night, and for some it was their last game in a Lebanon uniform.
It was Senior Night and five of the basketball players walked down to halfcourt with their parents at their sides.
Josh Lopez, Brandon Whitman, Ben Leibig, Steven Padillas and Alex Trautman played their last game as a Lebanon Cedar. They all made it one to remember.
The Cedars came out of the gates hot and scored the first points of the game. E-town did not stop fighting and kept it close the whole game.
Whitman dominated the inside post and was the scoring machine for Lebanon.
Leibig took over the three-point line and sank five three-pointers.
As usual, Lopez could not be stopped, and contributed 16 points.
These seniors were playing the hardest I’ve ever seen them play.
As well as Lebanon was playing, E-town was playing just as hard and this made it an intense game to watch. Junior Drey Murray got involved in all the action and drove down the lane for a score.
It all came down to the fourth quarter and who wanted it the most.
The five seniors turned it up a notch and demolished E-town. Even though the game was close, everyone could see that Lebanon fought the hardest for the win.
Leibig had a career-high night and scored 21 points, while Whitman tied his career high with 24 points.
After the time ran out on the clock, the five departing seniors all huddled in a circle together celebrating their last game together.
It was night to remember.