Trumann survives upset scare at Kell Classic

Thursday, January 4, 2018
Alex Moses of Trumann looks to score for the Wildcats during boys' tournament action this past Monday at the Kell Classic. (DT Photo/Anthony Cossey)

It took a free throw with .02 seconds left on the clock for Trumann to get by Rector and advance to the semi-finals with a 57-56 win this past Monday in Swifton.

The Wildcats jumped out to a 7-0 lead as Issac Haynie hit a jumper, Cody Roland canned a three-pointer and Alex Moses scored off the fast break before Rector got a fast break layup from Hunter Householder to make it 7-2 Trumann. Max Ford two free throws as Jordan Wilson hit one of two free throws on back to back trips to the line for the Cougars to make it 7-5 as the Wildcats got a stick back from Ben Turner and a basket inside from Zach Buchanan making it 11-5 Trumann with 3:09 left. Kale Hardin hit two free throws for Rector as Ford hit one of two free throws for the Cougars to cut the lead to 11-8 before Turner scored inside for Trumann to make it 13-8 Wildcats. Kirk Beshears went coast to coast for a Cougars' layup, Turner hit a jumper for the Wildcats as Hardin hit two free throws for Rector to make the score 15-12 Trumann at the end of one.

Buchanan converted an old-school three-point play for the Wildcats early in the second quarter before Rector got an inside basket from Hardin and a stick back from Beshears to make it 18-16 Trumann. Hardin converted an old-fashioned three-point play for the Cougars to give them their first lead at 19-18 only to see Turner hit two free throws for the Wildcats to make it 20-19 Trumann with 5:39 left. Beshears hit a jumper in the lane for Rector, MJ Barnes hit one of two free throws for the Wildcats, Hardin scored inside for the Cougars as Roland hit one of two free throws for Trumann making it 23-22 Rector. Beshears scored inside for Rector before Truamnn scored the next 13 points as Dedrick Coleman hit one of two free throws, Moses converted a conventional three-point play, Turner hit one of two free throws before scoring inside to make it 29-25 Wildcats. Turner canned back to back three-pointers to end the run putting Trumann up 10 points at 35-25. Beshears hit two free throws for Rector, Dakota Craig scored inside for the Wildcats as Ford scored inside for the Cougars to make the score 37-29 Trumann at the half.

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