Friday, December 05, 2014

What an ending!

Jordan Wosmek's game-winning free throw drops through the cylinder tonight!

Winning! A glimpse of the post-game huddle right after the final buzzer sounded.

That was an ending for the ages!

Down 47-44 in the closing minute against Kimball, the B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball team scored the last five points of the game in the final 7.1 seconds to win 49-47. With 7.1 seconds left, Tanner Heinsius canned a floating three-point shot, and with 2.1 seconds left, Jordan Wosmek knocked down two free throws to bust up the tie and win the game.

With 3:37 to go, the Cubs pulled ahead 45-39 and looked like they were going to get the lead to double digits. The Jaguars had other ideas and proceeded to hold the Cubs to just two points and no field goals in the final minutes. With 13 seconds left, Jarred Merchant went two-for-two at the free throw line to put the Cubs up 47-44.
Shown is an example of what went right for the Jaguars against the Cubs. The Jaguar defense was hustling and following their assignments and keeping them in the game when the offense struggled at times.

According to my unofficial notes, the Cubs went 5-for-10 at the free throw line in the second half and were 12-for-21 at the free throw line for the game. The Cubs officially went 13-for-24 from the free throw line (54 percent), while the Jaguars were 11-for-18 (62 percent...not much better!).

The halftime score was Kimball Area 24, B-B-E 23.

Here's video from the first half with Jacob Tensen's three-pointer breaking up an 18-18 tie:

It was Kimball Area's first loss after a 2-0 start to the season. The Cubs expect to compete for the Sub-Section 5A-South title next March.

Next is a very tough road game at Howard Lake on Tuesday. The HL-W-W Lakers went to Holdingford tonight and destroyed the Huskers in a 77-51 win.

It was great to see the B-B-E Broadcasting team set up camp and cover the game through the school website. Play-by-play coverage was generously provided by Smooth Magic 107 FM of Glenwood. It was the first game by Smooth Magic's new sports broadcaster, Brady Erdmann. He is taking the reigns at KMGK from D-Mac, who moved up to KXRA in Alexandria a couple weeks ago.

**And here's the ending! The last 90 seconds took about 10 minutes of real time:

Central Minnesota Conference boys' basketball scores on Dec. 5:
Eden Valley-Watkins 68, Maple Lake 64 (EV-W is 4-0)
Rockford Area 72, Pierz 63
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 77, Holdingford 51

*Note: around 11 p.m tonight I'll have a 10-minute long video clip added that shows the last two minutes of the game.

At Benson to open the FibroMinn tournament, the B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team throttled MACCRAY in a 72-36 win. Tomorrow night (tip off between 7:45 and 8 p.m.) the Jaguars take on Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal in the tournament championship game. NCE/U-H pounded Benson 71-34 in the other semifinal game.

Area girls' basketball scores on December 5:
Watertown-Mayer 60, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 40
Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 50, Wadena-Deer Creek 41
West Central Area 45, Royalton 37
Osakis 43, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 39
Hancock 62, Ortonville 28
Browerville 87, Bertha-Hewitt 52
Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 67, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 30
Melrose Area 48, Montevideo 44
Underwood 67, Brandon/Evansville 64

Area boys' basketball scores on December 5:
Melrose Area 64, Montevideo 54
Benson 63, BOLD 46
Sauk Centre 80, Minnewaska Area 69
Lac qui Parle Valley 67, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 44
Paynesville Area 83, Yellow Medicine East 71
Albany 75, Foley 46

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