Chiefs give up lead, drop third-place game
Third-seeded Lexington rebounded from a double-digit deficit to down home standing Santa Fe, seeded No. 4, 55-51 in the third-place game of the Lafayette County Basketball Tournament Saturday.
The Chiefs, which had led the game by as many as double digits, held a 42-35 advantage heading to the fourth quarter.
A 7-2 run, capped by a three-point bomb by Seth Smith, to open the fourth quarter pulled the Minutemen within 44-42.
Corey Fitzwater stopped the bleeding by grabbing an offensive rebound and scoring.
He missed the connecting chance at an old-fashioned three-point play, but the lead was four.
A free throw by Andrew Steverson and a field goal by Smith moved the Minutemen within 48-47.
Matt Lovercamp scored for the Chiefs, but Steverson hit two free throws and Jake Kaullen stole away the ball and hit a fastbreak layup.
Lexington led 51-50.
Hunter Rolf nailed one of two charities with 1:04 to play to tie the game, but Lexington forged ahead on a free throw by Steverson with 49.5 seconds left, two charities by Kaullen at 31.1 and one more by Steverson to ice the game with 11.9 seconds to go.
Lexington, with Josh Kaullen and Jake Kaullen each scoring four points, led 14-12 after one quarter.
Noah Stoll kept the Chiefs close by scoring eight of his team-high 14 points in the opening stanza.
The Chiefs led 31-26 at the half as Jeff Knipmeyer scored three times from the field and Ross Tieman and Hunter Rolf twice apiece.
Lovercamp also was in double-figure scoring for the Chiefs with 10 points.
Smith paced all scorers for the Minutemen with 17 points.
Kaullen hit two threes and finished with 14 points.