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Rough stretch of schedule leaves Brighton boys basketball out of postseason

Feb 21, 2019 11:33AM ● By Josh McFadden

Brighton’s Adrijan Hadziselimovic drives to the hoop in a game earlier this season. (Photo courtesy of Lucid Images, Robby Lloyd.)

By Josh McFadden | [email protected]

A lot can happen during a long boys basketball season. Ups and downs, twists and turns — they’re all common. The Brighton Bengals have experienced all of these. 

With their final regular season games behind them, Brighton sits in last place in Region 7 (and out of the state playoffs) with a 3-7 region record and a 12-11 record for the season.

A difficult losing skid put a damper in the team’s goal to extend its season. 

After starting off 2-1 in league play, the Bengals lost four in a row and six out of their last seven games to close out the season.

Brighton will look to regroup next year without a few key seniors.

Luc Krystkowiak has been a force all year. The 6-foot-5-inch senior paced the team in scoring by pouring in more than 17 points a contest. He’s also the leading rebounder at nearly seven a game. His younger brother Ben, a sophomore, scores more than seven points a game and had the most three-pointers on the team (18) through the team’s first 19 games.

Adrijan Hadziselimovic scores more than 10 points a game and is the team’s leader in assists with nearly four an outing. The senior also had 27 steals through the first full week of February, second on the team behind Luc Krystkowiak’s 36. Fellow senior Adam Templeton has been a reliable contributor as well. He scores more than six points a game and is the second-leading rebounder, collecting around five a contest.