Harrisburg downed at buzzer
Harrisburg and Tuckerman combined for 23 three-pointers on the night but the game came down to a regular jump shot at the Bulldogs edged their hosts 67-65 in boys high school basketball action this past Friday.
Harrisburg jumped out to a 25-8 lead after the first period thanks to Brayden Honeycutt who nailed four three pointer in the period. Nathan Neal got a three-ball to fall from the right wing to put the Hornets up 3-0. Cade Niswonger hit a jumper for Tuckerman at 7:24 to make it 3-2. Honeycutt and Alec Witt hit back to back three-pointers to make it 9-2 Harrisburg. Ayson Lamb stretched the lead to 11-2 with a lay up at 5:36. Spencer Shannon was fouled by Kyle Mitchell and made one of two free throws for the Bulldogs to make it 11-3. Niswonger got free for a Tuckerman lay up to cut the lead to 11-5. Shannon hit a jumper making it a 11-7 game with 4:24 left in the opening period. Honeycutt and Lamb hit back to back three-point shots to make it 17-7 Harrisburg. Tuckerman's Tyler Chatman hit one of two free throws after being fouled by Mitchell to make it 17-8. Honeycutt continued his hot hand hitting back to back three-pointers to make it 23-8 with 1:35 left in the period. Lamb made a lay up with three seconds left to put the Hornets up 25-8 after one period.
Niswonger opened up the second period for Tuckerman hitting back to back three-pointers from the top of the key to make it 25-14. Honeycutt made a lay up off the fast break to make it 27-14 Harrisburg with 7:00 left. Shannon worked his way inside for the Bulldogs and scored making it 27-16. David Sumner grabbed an offensive rebound for the Hornets to make it 29-16. Niswonger added his third three of the period again from the top of the key to make it 29-19 Hornets. Derek Dean was fouled by Lamb and hit one of two to cut the lead to single digits at 29-20. Neal put the lead back to 12 with a three-pointer from the right wing to make it 32-20. Brandun Barnett drilled three from the right corner for Tuckerman making it 32-23. Neal answered with a three from the right wing giving Harrisburg a 35-23 lead. The Bulldogs cut the lead to five with a 7-0 run. Dean scored inside, Niswonger hit a jumper in the lane and Shannon canned a three-pointer to make it 35-30 Harrisburg with a minute left before half. Sumner hit a jumper in the lane for Harrisburg and Barnett scored inside for Tuckerman to set our half time score at 37-32 Hornets.
The teams combined for 14 three-balls in the first half with Honeycutt having four for Harrisburg and Niswonger hitting three for Tuckerman.
Mitchell scored the first points in the third period as he hit a jumper in the lane for Harrisburg to put the Hornets up 39-32 before the Bulldogs went on a 7-0 run to tie the game at 39. Niswonger canned a three form the right wing, Barnett scored on a lay up and Niswonger hit a jumper in the lane with 6:00 to play in the third. Witt netted a three at 5:38 to put the Hornets up 42-39. Niswonger scored on a lay up to make it 42-41. Neal and Shannon traded baskets to make the score 44-43. Lamb made one of two free throws after being fouled by Dean to making it 45-43. Honeycutt drilled his fifth three of the game at 3:13 to make it 48-43. Jake Chatman made the lead seven with an inside basket at 2:27. Niswonger was fouled making a basket and his free throw was good making it 50-46. The teams traded back to back three pointers to end the period. Honeycutt and Lamb both canned a three before Barnett and Shannon connected for three-pointers to make it 56-52 after three.
The teams traded points for the first four minutes of the fourth period before Tuckerman went on a 7-0 run to take the lead and set up the exciting finish. Matt Slagley got the Bulldogs to within two at 56-54 with a basket inside. Witt answered with a score inside making it 58-54. Shannon was fouled by Neal at the 7:14 and made both free throws to make it 58-56. Honeycutt canned another three from the left wing putting the Hornets up 61-56. Chatman scored on a lay up while being fouled by Mitchell. Chatman's free throw was no good leaving it 61-58 Harrisburg. Neal hit one of two free throws from a technical foul assessed to Chatman to put the score at 62-58. Niswonger drove in for a lay up and was fouled to make it 62-60. Niswonger's free throw was good to pull Tuckerman to within one at 62-61. Dean gave the Bulldogs the lead with a basket inside at 2:17 to make it 63-62. Niswonger was fouled while attempting a shot and hit both free throws to make it 65-62 with 23 seconds left. Honeycutt tied the score at 65-65 with his eight three-pointer of the night with nine seconds to play. Niswonger took the inbound pass and drove the floor and pulled up to hit a jumper at the buzzer to give Tuckerman the 67-65 win.
"I thought our guys came out strong then had a little lull in the second period," Harrisburg coach Keaton Weaver said after the game. "We got up big and the kids relaxed and let them (Tuckerman) back in. Give credit to Tuckerman tonight," Weaver added. Asked about the night Honeycutt had Weaver had this to say, "For the last four or five games he's played and shot the ball really well and hasn't forced anything. The shots he's hitting our all in our play system."
Honeycutt led the Hornets (2-12) with 26 points on the night. Lamb added 11 points and Sumner 10 points for the Hornets.
Niswonger led all scorers with 32 points for the Bulldogs. Shannon chipped in 15 points and Barnett netted 10 points for Tuckerman.
Harrisburg won the junior high game 45-30 as Dallas Hodges scored 16 points and Connor Haag scored 10 points for the Junior Hornets.