Blue Valley’s Alex Peterson hit two free throws with 2.8 seconds left Friday night, lifting the Tigers to a 49-47 East Kansas League victory over Blue Valley Southwest on the Timberwolves’ home court.
By CHARLES REDFIELD
Special to The Star
BV Southwest trailed 33-26 going into the fourth quarter, but used 13-4 run at the start of the period to take a 39-37 lead on a three-pointer by sophomore Miles Lester with 4:17 left in the game.
But Blue Valley fought back, taking a three-point lead when Mason King hit the first of two free throws at the 16-second mark. However, King missed the second free throw and fouled Lester in the battle for the rebound.
Lester connected on both charities, trimming the margin to one point. With time as its biggest opponent, BV Southwest fouled quickly, putting Ryan Brady at the foul strip with 15 seconds left. He missed both shots.
With 9 seconds left, Lester went back to the line. He tied the game 47-47, setting the stage for Peterson’s dramatic finish.
The game was ragged in the first half with the score tied 17-17 at halftime with the two teams combining for 21 turnovers.
For the game, Peterson and King led the Tigers with 13 points each.
Lester had 13 for BV Southwest. Sophomore Matt Wilkinson added 12 and junior E.R. Steffy had four three-pointers for 12 points.
The victory lifted the Tigers to 4-4 for first-year coach Dwight Williams.
The Timberwolves fell to 3-5.
The game was played before an overflow crowd mostly dressed in pink on Baskets for Breast Cancer night.
T-wolves girls 56, Tigers 34
In the girls game, BV Southwest led 28-14 at the half on the way to an 56-34 win.
The Timberwolves had 15 second-quarter points with sophomore Rilynne Like scoring seven and sophomore Cooper Courtney hitting six.
BV Southwest broke the Tigers’ press for easy layups in the third quarter and led 42-23 going into the fourth quarter.
“This is the best defense we have played all year,” Timberwolves coach Rick Rhoades said. “Our defense fueled our offense.
“We broke their press well. We wanted to attack their press and did.”
Courtney led the Timberwolves in scoring with 17 points and Like added 12. Senior Sydnie Hanson paced the Tigers with 12 tallies.
The victory was just the second for BV Southwest in the series with Blue Valley.