The Shawnee Mission Northwest Cougars were best down the stretch in their game against the Harmon Hawks on Friday night.
By CHARLES REDFIELD
Special to The Star
The Cougars scored the last six points and took a 69-65 victory in a non-league game at Harmon.
The Hawks took a 65-63 on two free throws by senior Sheldon Carson with 2 minutes, 13 seconds left in the game, but Harmon did not score again.
SM Northwest senior Jake Horner hit one of two free throws with 1:51 to play, and the Cougars got the rebound on his miss. Brady Skeens was fouled 20 seconds later and also made one of two free throws, tying the game at 65-65. And, again, the Cougars got the rebound.
Senior Andrew Medis got open under the basket for an easy basket that gave the Cougars a 67-65 lead.
The Hawks called timeout and worked the ball with 6-6 sophomore Isiah Richardson trying a three-pointer from the left wing that missed.
Skeens got the rebound and found senior Jake Horner on the break for a layup with 10 seconds left that closed the scoring.
“Defensively, we didn’t play very well,” Cougars coach Mike Rose said. “We were able to get some offensive rebounds late that really helped.”
The Hawks were hurt when junior Jajuan Coleman fouled out with 2:37 left in the game. He was the leading scorer for Harmon with 21 points. Richardson added 17.
“There are no such thing as moral victories, but that’s the best we have played all year,” Harmon coach David Gonzales said.
SM Northwest dominated early, leading 18-12 at the end of the first quarter, but the Hawks cut the margin to 34-31 at halftime.
The game was tied 50-50 entering the fourth quarter.
Harmon had a four-point lead after Coleman made two free throws with 4:54 left, but it couldn’t get the advantage to six.
Skeens, a 6-6 senior who has committed to Washburn, led the Cougars with 29 points. He had 14 in the first half and added 11 in the third quarter.
Senior Warren Specht added 13 points and senior Andrew Medis 10.
“This game will be good for us in the future,” Rose said. “We survived and got a win.”