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Braxton County wins double-overtime marathon in part last towards Trinity Christian

MORGANTOWN — Friday evening marked a deceptively quick 86-day hole when Braxton County final confronted the Trinity Christian boys basketball workforce on the Warriors’ dwelling court docket within the 2023-24 season opener. The stakes had been significantly increased the second time round – the Class AA Area II Part 2 championship was on the road, and it didn’t actually matter that top-seeded TCS handily defeated the Eagles, 68-37 again in December. Quite a bit can change in three months, particularly when you get to the postseason.

And in a recreation that match completely into each the ‘Any Given Night time’ and ‘Let a Group Grasp Round’ classes, Braxton County took down the Warriors in a double time beyond regulation barnburner, 63-59.

Trinity (11-10) began in line with the popular script – a jumper from Carter Hartsock, a 3 from Chayce Adams, a cost taken by Parker Hopkins, an enormous rebound and put again from Ben Lohmann – and all of it added as much as a fast 7-2 lead three minutes in. However they missed a number of alternatives to increase their benefit to double digits, and the Eagles’ (10-13) rebounding superiority began to take impact late within the first and into the second quarter. The outcome was a 19-16 Braxton lead halfway by means of the second. A pair of late bombs from Hartsock and Adams allowed the Warriors to carry a slim 25-23 edge on the break.

After scoring the primary 4 of the second half, the Eagles tied the rating at 25, and the lead see-sawed till three straight triples and defensive stops from TC opened up a 40-31 hole late within the quarter.

However BC refused to die, as they crept again to inside 5 at 40-35 heading into the fourth. Factors bought powerful to seek out, as each groups ramped up the defensive strain, and Braxton County lastly clawed again to knot the rating at 44 apiece with two minutes remaining. The Warriors held the ball for the ultimate shot, however Lohmann’s straightaway three missed.

Within the first OT, the lead bounced backwards and forwards once more till 1:30 remained, when Adams hit a 3 that danced across the rim and kissed the backboard earlier than lastly falling. It was his 1,000th level for the Warriors injust his junior season.

Now if life all the time adopted the Hallmark Channel’s storybook endings, 52-49 would’ve been the ultimate margin of victory for Trinity. However 1:30 is a very long time in basketball, and the Eagles exploited the Warriors’ season-long struggles with rebounding and turnovers to forge a 54-52 lead with 27 seconds left. Hartsock hit a free throw, then with six ticks left, Hopkins hit considered one of two from the road to increase the sport as soon as once more, 54-54.

Within the second time beyond regulation, the exhausted Warriors appeared to expire of fuel, as BC huge man Stephen Boggs accomplished a standard three-point play to jump-start the Eagles. Hopkins drilled a vital shot from behind the arc to tie it, and Hartsock scored to tie it once more at 59-59, however BC’s Riley Hunt scored on an offensive rebound, Landon Stewart hit a vital pair of free throws with 26 seconds left, and the Warriors couldn’t discover the basket the remainder of the way in which.

Adams led all scorers with 26, whereas Stewart paced the Eagles with 17.

After the sport, Warriors coach Codey Horton was fast to reward the teaching job of his longtime good friend, BC’s Josh Lunceford.

“Josh has clearly accomplished an ideal job with this workforce,” Horton mentioned, “contemplating how simply we beat them in December. We bought drained late, as a result of our bench was a bit quick on account of damage, however we’ve handled rebounding and ball safety points all season lengthy, and it actually damage us tonight. We additionally bought a bit fast in our half-court offense. We had been taking good pictures, open appears to be like, however I feel we weren’t taking pictures it in rhythm at instances, and that tends to result in extra misses.

“Nonetheless, it took an ideal effort and 6 durations to beat us,” he continued, “and I used to be pleased with our youngsters, particularly our seniors (Hartsock, Lohmann and Charles Steptoe) for his or her effort and battle degree. We are going to want plenty of coronary heart and can and wish to win the Area on the street, but when we play as a workforce the way in which I do know we will, we will get the job accomplished.”

The Warriors journey to Moorefield on Wednesday at 7 p.m. for the Area II championship recreation and a berth within the Class AA State Event in Charleston.

BY MARK SCHRAF

BOX SCORE
Braxton County 63, Trinity Christian 59
Braxton County        8     15    12    9     10    9   –  63
Trinity Christian      13    12    15     4     10   5   –  59
BRAXTON COUNTY (10-13) — Riley Hunt 6 1-3 13 Brady Toler 4 0-2 10 Landon Stewart 6 4-6 17 Owen Lowther 2 0-0 4 Stephen Boggs 6 2-5 14  James Nettles 2 1-2 5  Totals 26 8-18 63
TRINITY CHRISTIAN (11-10) — Ben Lohmann 1 0-0 2 Chayce Adams 10 0-0 26 Carter Hartsock 4 3-6 12 Marcos Kniska 3 0-0 9 Parker Hopkins 3 1-2 10 Totals 21 4-8 59
Three-pointers – BC 3 (Toler 2, Stewart), TC 13 (Hopkins 3, M. Kniska 3, Adams 6, Hartsock 1)