The Southwood boys basketball team had one mission on their mind when they stepped on the floor Friday and that was to beat the Maconaquah Braves and clinch the TRC title. For two quarters Maconaquah gave the Knights all they wanted until a 13-2 third quarter run and a 60 foot buzzer beater by Carson Blair ignited the Knights to a 79-67 win.
Alex Harmon started the scoring off an offensive rebound before Wyatt Hughes hit a three to give the Braves a 3-2 lead. Peyton Trexler and Chandler Pitts would trade buckets for a 5-4 score when Carson Blair and Harmon hot back to back to give Southwood an 8-5 lead. With the Knights leading 12-9 Hughes would hit a bucket and two free throws, followed by a Pitts bucket to out the Braves up 15-12. Back came the Knights with Harmon and Brandin Frazier hitting for a 16-15 Southwood lead when Luke Hann gave the lead back to Maconaquah. With Southwood up 18-16 Hann would hit before the buzzer as the game was tied 18-18 after one.
Maconaquah would score the first four points of the second quarter off buckets from Blake May and Pitts before the Knights come back to tie the score at 24. Again it would be May with a bucket, plus two Hughes free throws for a 28-24 Braves lead when Matthew Nose drained a three for a 28-27 score. Pitts would hit to make it 30-27. Two Blake Martz free throws and a bucket from Harmon gave Southwood a 31-30 lead before Ethan Larason hit before the buzzer as Maconaquah led 32-31.
The Knights would come out on fire to start the third quarter. Peyton Trexler would score off a steal that was answered by a Pitts three to give the Braves a 35-33 lead when things changed. Carson Blair would hit two straight three pointers that was followed with a bucket from Frazier to give Southwood a 41-35 lead before another Pitts bucket. The Knights would then get a bucket from Trexler, an offensive rebound bucket from Harmon and a second Trexler bucket off a Blair steal to increase the Southwood lead to 46-37. Hughes would stop the run with two free throws, while the Braves started to chip away at the Knights lead, getting it to 54-48 when Blair hit his 60 footer for a 57-48 score.
The Knights would build off the third quarter ending, increasing their lead to 66-50. The Braves would get no closer than 68-57 before the Knights went on to clinch the TRC 79-67.
With the win Southwood clinched the TRC title. The Knights are 8-0 in conference play with a road game at Northfield left next week.
Leading Southwood was Alex Harmon with 21 points. Carson Blair added 20, Brandin Frazier 16, Peyton Trexler 15, Matthew Nose 5, Blake Martz 2.
The Southwood junior varsity fell to Maconaquah 38-36.
Leading the Knights was Dallas Holmes with 16 points. Paul Farlow added 10, Ethen Roberts 4, Luke Winer 2, Payton Ensor 2.
The Manchester boys basketball team got a put back buzzer beater from Koehl Fluke Friday to defeat Peru 58-56.
On the road at the Peru the Squires trailed 17-14 after the first quarter. Chase Fierstos and Koehl Fluke each had a three in the quarter with David McAtee getting two buckets, plus one from Braydon Sewell.
The Squires would out score the Tigers 17-12 in the second quarter to grab a 31-29 halftime lead. McAtee would lead the way with 7 points that included a long ball with Fierstos adding 5. Matthew Pegg added a bucket in the quarter.
Manchester would keep the momentum going in the third, winning the quarter 17-14 to extend their lead to 48-43. Five different players scored in the quarter with Fierstos, Sewell and Fluke doing most of the damage. Keelan Norwood and Mason Hamby each added a bucket.
Peru would find the momentum in the fourth, coming back to tie the score and set up the exciting finish. With just seconds left, Chase Fierstos put up a three that was rebounded and put back in by Koehl Fluke at the buzzer to give the Squires a big 58-56 road win.
Leading the Squires was David McAtee with 15 points. Chase Fierstos added 12, Koehl Fluke 12, Braydon Sewell 8, Keelan Norwood 4, Mason Hamby 3, Mattew Pegg 2.
The Manchester junior varsity defeated Peru 55-51.
Leading Manchester was Brayden Casper with 13 points. Jake Schannep added 9, Braxtin Wilson 7, Kam Lester 6, Levi Hicks 6, Devon Rooney 5, Kane Gable 5, Heath Dierks 4.
The Wabash boys basketball team took the trip to Rochester Friday, falling 44-43 on a bucket with 6 seconds left in the game.
Wabash trailed 11-10 after the first stop and 22-15 at the half before making a comeback. The Apaches cut the deficit to 32-29 after three quarters before taking a 43-42 lead with 20 seconds left in the game. Rochester hit with 6 seconds left with the Apaches not being able to answer in the loss.
Austin Vinopal led the Apaches with 9 points. Luke Mattern added 7, Taylor Vigar 7, Owen Yeadon 7, Treavor Floor 6, Kaleb Kelshiemer 5, Justin Beauchamp 2.
The Wabash junior varsity fell 61-59.
Matt Jones led with 19 points. Blake Gribben added 12, Devin Higdon 9, Matt Stein 9, Austin Wieland 6, Cal Stone 4.
Below is the bracket for the girls RRC basketball tournament. The 7th and 8th grade brackets are the same.
The Northfield 7th grade girls defeated Rochester 42-16 Thursday.
Addi Baker – 13 points, 7 offensive and 3 defensive rebounds, and 2 steals.
Kearston Stout – 10 points, 6 offensive and 1 defensive board, 4 steals.
Kyra Kennedy – 8 points.
Kenzie Baer – 7 points, 4 steals and a 4 to 2 assist/turn over ratio.
The Northfield 8th grade fell to Rochester 39-8
Kearston Stout – 6 points, 3 defensive rebounds, 3 steals.
Shayleigh Moorman – 2 points.
Evelyn Gray – 6 defensive rebounds.
Jenna Krom – 5 steals, 1 assist
The Southwood boys basketball team traveled to Madison Grant Thursday, building a first quarter lead before holding off the Argylls in the fourth for a 68-59 win.
Madison Grant jumped out to a 4-0 lead before a Peyton Trexler three made it 4-3. Down 5-3 Carson Blair would tie the score before Trexler hit his second three to give the Knights an 8-7 lead. The Trexler three started a 10-0 run by the Knights. Trexler would follow his three with a bucket which was backed with a bucket from Brandin Frazier and a three from Blair to grab a 15-7 lead. The Knights led 17-11 after two Frazier free throws when the Argylls scored 5 straight to close the gap to 17-16. Blake Martz would stop the run with a bucket, but the Argylls get coming and tied the score at 19 before a Blair three. Southwood led 22-21 after one.
Martz would get the first point of the second quarter for a 23-21 lead when Madison Grant hit two straight to go up 25-23. Frazier would trade buckets with the host before the Argylls scored 4 straight and led 31-26. The Knights would quickly answer as Frazier and Alex Harmon hit back to back, followed by a Trexler three point play to go back up 33-31. At 33-32 Trexler would score off a steal with Harmon getting the last bucket of the quarter for a 37-32 halftime lead.
Madison Grant would score the first 4 points of the third quarter to cut the Knight lead to 37-36 before a Trexler three made it 40-36. The game would then be tied three times before Blair connected on a floater that was followed by a Matthew Nose bucket and a 48-44 lead with a quarter to go.
The Argylls would hit a three to start the fourth quarter and cut the Knight lead to 48-47 when Blair connected. Another Argyll three made it 50-50 before Blake Martz answered with a three to lead 53-50. At 53-51 Carson Blair would hit Trexler for an ally oop to grab a 55-51 lead. At 55-53 the Knights would make a move. Brandin Frazier converted a three point play that was followed by an Alex Harmon offensive rebound bucket to put Southwood up 60-53. The Argylls got as close as 64-59 before a Trexler bucket with 24 seconds left and two Blair free throws put the game away for the 68-59 win.
Leading the Knights was Peyton Trexler with 24 points. Brandin Frazier added 16, Carson Blair 14, Blake Martz 6, Alex Harmon 6, Matthew Nose 2.
The Southwood junior varsity defeated Madison Grant 51-33.
After struggling defensively by giving up 21 points in the first half, the JV Knights outscored the Argylls 14-3 in the 3rd quarter and won the game.
The Knights were led by Dallas Holmes with 16 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists. Paul Farlow had 11 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds. Payton Ensor had 8 points, 5 blocks and 4 rebounds. Ethan Roberts added 5 points 6 assists and 3 steals. Luke Winer had 5 points and 2 assists. Quentin Perry and Colby Crow added 3 points a piece and Austin Haynes had 3 steals.
The Knights host Maconaquah in a key TRC match up Friday. Southwood is 7-0 in the TRC with Maconaquah coming in at 6-1.