By Zach Maxwell Sports Reporter
December 17, 2013
BENNINGTON - Sometimes in basketball, a team hits the wall.
But in Wapanucka, the Wall hits back.
Nathan Wall iced a pair of free throws in the final second of the Bennington Tournament championship game late Saturday, securing a 42-41 win for the Indians over rival Moyers.
Wall finished with 18 points, but it was the last two which provided high drama for Wapanucka. The Indians built a nice lead late in the game, but Moyers shot their way back to a one point lead in the final moments.
A mad scramble for the ball led to a Moyers turnover and Coach Jeremy Smith called a timeout with eight seconds left to draw up a play. The ball ended up in Wall’s hands under the basket and he was hammered as time ticked down.
Jacob Cole added 13 for the Indians and Joseph Weese added eight. Wapanucka narrowly escaped the Bears on Friday 55-52 to advance to the final, while Moyers got past Caney 48-41 to reach the trophy game.
“We had a 14-point lead on Wapanucka on Friday,” said Bennington Coach Bobby Weil. “But I was proud of the way the boys played. We appreciate all these teams coming.”
Weil said Chance Haislip continued to show leadership throughout the tournament. In the third place game, Caney edged the Bears 40-39.
In the consolation game, Victory Life Academy fell to Atoka’s junior varsity squad by a score of 68-37. Chandler Stampley scored 14 and Grant Rustin added nine for the Eagles.
Girls Championship: Caney 27 Atoka JV 22
Defense was the name of the game in the girls final at Bennington on Saturday. Hailey Belvin scored 10 points and Kira Head pitched in nine as the Lady Cougars held off the JV LadyCats 27-22.
Bennington had three players in double figures for a 55-39 win over Moyers in the third place game. Crystal Tate scored 16, Ashten Belvin had 13 and Tristen Allen scored 11 for the Lady Bears.
Victory Life Academy girls edged Wapanucka 31-28 in the consolation final on Saturday. Scarlett Stinchcomb (nine points) and Amber Bruce (eight) combined for 17 points for the Lady Eagles.