Friday, February 12, 2016

Stung at the buzzer

It was a harsh ending for the second time in two nights for the B-B-E Jaguars boys' basketball team. The difference between being 15-9 or 13-11 is razor thin. Consider this: against the top dog in the Central Minnesota Conference tonight, the Jaguars had multiple opportunities to expand on a slim lead late in the game after the Eagles came within one possession of closing a 14-point second half deficit. They even came oh-so-close to surviving an eight-minute long field goal scoring drought!! Yes, they went eight minutes without scoring a field goal yet still had the win within their grasp in the final two minutes.

Then at the final buzzer, the Eagles scored on the right block on an inbounds play to win 58-56 and improve to 11-1 in the CMC and clinch a share of the title. It's the first time since 2003-04 that EV-W has earned a share of the CMC championship.

B-B-E led 53-39 after sophomore Parker Schwinghammer nailed a three-pointer on the left wing with 10:12 left in the game. They did not score a field goal again, however, until 2:12 was on the clock and Tanner Heinsius hit a shot in the paint. That field goal made the score 55-52.

This is the fifth straight loss for the Jaguars, who are 13-11 overall and have one game left on the regular season schedule: next Thursday at Maple Lake.

Here's some video from the final minute of the first half:

In news out of Section 5A wrestling tonight: the Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg Fighting Saints are heading to the Class 1A state tournament after beating second-seeded Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Browerville 43-19 in the championship match at Paynesville. LP-GE/B made it to the final after beating Royalton/Upsala 35-28 in the semifinals. K-M-S rolled over fifth-seeded Benson in the other semifinal by a 57-6 score.

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