Jan 10, 2020
Spencer Wright knows what it feels like to have the game in his hands.
And Friday night’s outcome was no different than anytime before.
The Western Boone senior took the ball the length of the floor and scored the game-winning basket in the final seconds to lift the Stars over North Montgomery 50-49, and into the Sugar Creek Classic championship game.
After a back and forth first half that ended with North Montgomery (6-5) in front 23-20, Western Boone had a 33-30 advantage in the last 30 seconds of the third quarter, before an Alex Wallace bucket, and a Jaron Bradford 3-pointer put the Chargers up by two heading into the final period.
Western Boone (3-4) fought right back. A Cortez Stoudemire three-point play made it 38-37 North Montgomery at the 5: 35 mark, and he tied it at 42-42 just 90 seconds later. The senior led the Stars with 12 points, including eight in the final quarter.
Bradford broke the tie with a lay-up, and the Chargers pushed back ahead 46-43, before Western Boone freshman Marcus Stepp buried a 3-pointer to tie it at 46-46, and a pair of Stoudemire free throws put WeBo back ahead by two with 38.2 seconds left. On the other end Kade Kobel converted a three-point play to give the Chargers their last lead of the game with 6.6 seconds left, setting up Wright’s heroic moment.
Kobel led the Chargers with 12 points in a game that featured 16 lead changes, including three in the final 38 seconds.
“It was a heck of a game, and it could have gone to anybody,” Burkett said. “We were just fortunate enough to have the ball at the end with six seconds.”
The Chargers were just 21-of-51 (41 percent) from the field, and were out-rebounded 37-30 by the Stars. Western Boone made 18-of-44 shots, and connected on 9-of-16 from the free throw line.