Treys not enough as missed freebies seal Chargers’ fate
Posted: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 12:02 am
In a contest that featured several comebacks made by both the Chargers and the visiting Bolivar Central Tigers, Westview failed to convert bonus free throws in the closing seconds and Bolivar pulled out a 61-58 upset win this past Saturday night in Martin to move on to the Region 7-AA semifinals.
From the beginning, it was easy to see what the shot of choice would be. Jacob Lloyd opened the scoring with a three and after John Morgan Ransom threw in a jumpshot for the Tigers, Dillon Gardner hit Westview’s second three to put the Chargers up 6-2. A 3-point play from Antonio Hogard after a Trey Polk free throw gave Westview a 9-3 advantage and the triples continued as Gardner hit another, DeAndre McKinnie came off the Bolivar bench to hit two and Kooper Kessler tossed in a third for the Tigers. With the score tied at 16, Lloyd knocked down a fadeaway to put the Chargers in the lead, 18-16, after one quarter.
Lloyd added three more to start the second, but five straight points from McKinnie, including another three, tied the score at 21 with 5:54 remaining in the half. As the teams continued to trade baskets Chris Evans gave Westview a 31-28 lead at the break by making yet another 3-pointer. Both teams combined to hit 11 3-pointers in the first half – Westview with six and Bolivar with five.
Garrett Vincent converted an open jumper and Javier Gordon hit one of two from the line to give Westview a 34-28 lead to start the third. Bolivar stormed back to tie the score at 36, however, and began forcing Westview into making bad decisions. With a Lloyd jumpshot, the score was tied at 40 to end the third – a period in which neither team made a three.
Shots from Lloyd and Gordon pushed Westview to a 44-40 cushion to start the fourth, but the lead was short lived as Bolivar came back to tie the score with 6:50 left. As the scoring remained neck and neck, Gardner hit an open three to extend the Charger lead to 51-47 with 3:27 remaining. Both squads entered the bonus and with 1:25 remaining, Hogard hit one of two free throws to put Westview up 56-54. Polk tied the score with a jumpshot, but Hogard made a tough floater in the lane with 59 seconds on the clock and the Chargers led 58-56. Polk came back with a three to give the Tigers a one-point edge and made a critical steal at halfcourt. The ball was knocked out of bounds, and Gordon stole the inbounds pass and was fouled. He missed the front end of the one-and-one chance at the charity stripe and Desmond Robertson snatched the board for Bolivar. Robertson was fouled and hit both free throws to put Bolivar on top 61-58 with 14.4 seconds to play.
Westview brought the ball down the court and Hogard missed the three, but the Chargers hustled after the board and called timeout with 2.4 seconds left. It was up to Gardner and his hotly contested long-distance shot from the left wing just missed the mark and the Tigers escaped with the victory, 61-58.
For the game, the Chargers knocked down seven threes, but finished just 3-of-10 at the free-throw line.
McKinnie’s 18 points led Bolivar. Lloyd scored 18 for Westview. Gardner and Hogard added 14 and 12, respectively, to the Chargers’ total.
The game was the final one in a Westview basketball uniform for seniors Chase Cartmell, Garrett Vincent, Dillon Gardner and Jacob Lloyd.
Region 7-AA Tournament