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Trinity Christian outlasts Keyser in extra time to snap shedding skid

MORGANTOWN — What’s the one factor worse than heading into the postseason on a three-game winless skid?

A four-game winless skid.

Thursday night time at house in opposition to Keyser — within the midst of their very own four-game slide — the Trinity Christian boys basketball group was determined to seek out the profitable components to shut out their common season schedule. And it took 4 quarters, one extra time interval, and about two toes of area between the ball and the rim for the Warriors to outlast the Golden Tornados in a thriller, 65-62.

Evenly matched by many of the first quarter, a pair of late threes from Trinity guard Parker Hopkins gave the Warriors (11-9) a 21-15 lead. Nevertheless, the Warriors received chilly — each from past the arc and on the rim — and Keyser (6-16) took benefit of turnovers and transition offense to tug inside some extent halfway by the quarter. Nevertheless, regardless of a number of probabilities, the Golden Tornados by no means received over the hump, so Trinity carried a slim 31-30 benefit into the break.

After an early bucket, Trinity as soon as once more had bother of their half-court offense in opposition to Keyser’s bodily man protection, and the Golden Tornados — particularly guard Jace Courrier — began hitting from deep. Keyser zoomed out with 14 straight factors to take a shocking eight-point lead at 41-33 earlier than Carter Hartsock’s straightaway triple and a Chayce Adams free throw minimize the benefit in half heading into the fourth, 44-40.

After Courrier and Trinity’s Austin Porta traded threes, the Warriors began to show the Tornados over and eventually regained the lead halfway by the quarter on an Adams three, 50-49. TCS stretched it to 55-49 with 4 minutes left, however Keyser fought again with six straight factors to tie it up with two minutes left. Buying and selling fouls and turnovers, neither group may rating, Courrier’s desperation line-drive three on the buzzer hit the again rim, sending the sport into an additional body.

A Hartsock lay-in gave TCS the early lead, then after a Keyser free throw closed the hole to a single level, Porta drilled a deep ball with 90 seconds left to pad the TCS result in 4, 60-56. After that, the sport grew to become a foul-shooting contest, and the Warriors virtually misplaced it. They went 2 for six, whereas Keyser made 3 of 4 to tug inside a single possession at 62-59 with 12 seconds left. Lastly, Hartsock calmly stroked a pair from the road to bump the result in 5 with 10.6 on the clock.

However that wasn’t fairly the top of the drama, as an unbelievable typical three-point play from Chase Davis with 5.7 seconds left made it 64-62, and when Adams made only one from the road, Keyser had one final shot with one second left.  Patrick Liller launched from twenty toes behind the middle line, and his shot was monitoring, however fell simply quick, leaving the Warriors with a tense, thrilling victory.

“We by no means make it simple, will we?” smiled exhausted Trinity coach Codey Horton. “There have been a number of turnovers, and missed free throws, and fouls down the stretch, and though we saved making these errors, we additionally fought our method by and located a method. And for that, I’m actual pleased with them. I believed we rebounded very effectively – particularly Ben Lohmann – which has been an issue for us all yr. Austin Porta got here off the bench and hit some huge photographs late and in extra time. It’s a must to give Keyser loads of credit score – they performed exhausting and hit their photographs – and it took every little thing we had after which some to come back out on prime.

“And heading into Sectionals,” he concluded with a sweaty grin, “we certain wanted this one.”

Within the JV contest, paced by Braylon McGreevy” 14 factors, Keyser defeated Trinity 45-18. Nathan Lewis led the Warriors with 12 factors.

The highest-seeded Warriors host the Area II Part 2 championship recreation subsequent Friday at 7 p.m.

BY MARK SCHRAF

BOX SCORE
Trinity Christian 65, Keyser 62, OT
Keyser                       15   15    14   11    7   –  62
Trinity Christian      21   10      9    15   10  –  65
KEYSER (6-16) — Jack Stanislawczyk  3 0-0 7; Patrick Liller 3 2-2 8; Jace Courrier 5 3-4 18; Kameron Samples 1 0-0 2; Chase Davis 4 5-7 14; Evan Ack 1 0-0 2; Drew Matlick 3 0-0 7; Grayson Lambka 1 2-2 4.  Totals 21 12-15 62.
TRINITY CHRISTIAN (11-9) — Ben Lohmann 2 1-2 5; Austin Porta 3 0-0 9; Chayce Adams 7 6-12 23; Carter Hartsock 5 3-3 14; Marcos Kniska 3 0-2 8; Parker Hopkins 2 0-0 6. Totals 22 10-19 65.
Three-pointers – KHS 8 (Matlick, Davis, Stanislawczyk, Courrier 5), TC 11 (Hopkins 2, M. Kniska 2, Adams 3, Hartsock 1, Porta 3)
Fouled Out – TC Porta