Syncere Harrod's 13 points were not enough as the Grizzlies fell just short against Independence on the road in the final game of the regular season, dropping a 59-52 affair on Wednesday evening.
Independence outscored Butler 17-8 in the final quarter to pull away in a game that was a one possession contest at halftime, with the Pirates taking a three point lead into the locker room. The Pirates hit clutch threes to secure the victory, finishing with 10 buckets from beyond the arc.
The loss snaps a two game losing streak, and drops Butler to a record of 17-12 and 12-12 in conference play. The Grizzlies will be the ninth seed in the Region VI tournament and will head to Garden City on Saturday, to face a Broncbuster team that they dispatched by 20 points when the two teams played each other just last week. That tip is slated for 6:00pm in Conestoga Arena.