AREA BOYS HOOPS: Lake View Fends Off Last-Second Shot for Comeback Win
BALLINGER, TX-- The Lake View Chiefs overcame a 17-point deficit in the first quarter only to almost see their work muted in a thrilling 58-55 win over the Ballinger Bearcats on Tuesday.
Behind Daniel Cavazos' eight points in the first quarter, Ballinger jumped out to a commanding 21-4 lead after the first period of play. Cavazos finished with a team-high 14 points for Ballinger.
However, in his first game back from football, senior Ahmad Daniels made sure to show he was ready for basketball season. The senior guard set out to score 13 points in the second quarter. The Chiefs outscored the Bearcats 27-15 in that frame to go into halftime with a manageable 36-31 deficit.
Daniels would finish with a game-high 20 points.
Ballinger held their own in the third quarter by matching the Chiefs' 12 third quarter points to hold at 48-43.
Then Lake View junior Jesse Greer stepped up with 10 points in the fourth quarter to give Lake View a 58-53 lead. Ballinger would cut that to 58-55 after a layup late in the game.
Ballinger then got two chances to tie up the game. With less than a second left on the clock, they had the ball in front of their bench. Deaundre Manley's shot missed its mark as the final buzzer sounded.
Lake View (3-1) will next host the Doug McCutchen Memorial Tournament starting this Thursday. Ballinger (2-1) hosts the Ballinger Classic this weekend as well.
Big Third Quarter Lifts Irion County Past Christoval
The Irion County Hornets defeated the Christoval Cougars in a game where a huge third quarter sparked the 49-37 win.
A fast paced first quarter found both teams trading buckets. Knotted up at 9-9, Irion County’s Nathan Chacon hit two big shots to put the Hornets up five.
The ensuing possession Christoval answered with a bucket of their own, ultimately ending the quarter with Irion County leading 14-12.
The rest of the half was very similar. Fast paced and close.
After a big three pointer with 2 minutes, 7 seconds left to play in the quarter, the Cougars found themselves on top for the first time since the start of the contest. With the teams still going back and forth, the Cougars went into halftime leading 21-20.
The second half started with a 12-6 Irion County run. After a Chacon field goal, the Hornets would take the biggest lead of game thus far. With Irion County leading 38-26 with 2:03 to play in the third quarter, the Cougars offense struggled to find any rhythm. After outscoring Christoval 21-7 in the third quarter, Irion County took the 41-28 lead into the fourth quarter.
Down 13, the Cougars brought themselves within 7 points with 3 minutes to play in the game. Despite the late push, the Hornets offense kept clicking as they would hold on for the 49-37 win behind senior Nathan Chacon’s 15 points and 5 assists.
Eden and Miles Put on Overtime Thriller
The Eden Bulldogs and the Miles Bulldogs faced off in a wild overtime game that led to Miles beating Eden 61-58.
From the tip off the Miles boys looked dominant, only giving up one field goal in the quarter. They scored in a number of different ways including from the line and from deep. At the end of the first quarter, the score was 13-4.
Eden did force its way back into it after a 10-0 run by the Bulldogs helped them take the lead at 21-20. To end the half, Miles went on a 10-4 run to regain the lead at 31-25.
The third quarter made for more of a slow paced offense for both teams with the score at the end of the third being 42-39 in favor of Miles. Miles continuously drove the paint and got buckets down low. As for Eden, all twelve of their points came from behind the three point line.
After trailing basically the entire game, Eden came out at tied the game after two big time three pointers with under a minute left to play. After two missed fast break layups by each team Miles finally found the bottom of the net to make their lead 51-49. With three seconds left Eden made a huge game-tying layup to send it to overtime.
At the start of overtime both teams got called for an and-1, but Miles didn’t make their free throw. After a few missed three chances by Eden and few made opportunities at the free throw line by Miles, Miles pulled out to a two point lead for most of overtime.
With 20 seconds left Eden tied the game up only to let Miles hit a game-winning three pointer with only 4.8 seconds left on the clock.