Hon's late three-pointer lifts Orioles to district OT win

Thursday, February 21, 2013
Santa Fe's Christian Boehmer (1) puts up a shot over the Cougars' Noah McCune in the Chiefs' 71-50 victory in the first round of Class 2, District 14 play at Sweet Springs Saturday. Boehmer scored four points and McCune two. (Hobby King)

Austin Hon drained a three-point shot with under a minute to play in overtime, and the fifth-seeded Concordia Orioles edged No. 4-seeded Green Ridge 96-93 Saturday in Class 2, District 14 basketball action at Sweet Springs.

The Orioles, who led on numerous occasions by more than 10 points during the second half, almost let the game slip away late in regulation.

Green Ridge, which trailed 64-55 heading to the final eight minutes, fought back in the game behind 14 fourth-quarter points from Austin Story.

Late in regulation, a field goal from Hon and an old-fashioned three-point play by Jesse Schnakenberg gave the Orioles an 84-80 lead.

However, Justin McCarthy scored four straight points in the matter of four seconds.

The Orioles held possession for the final half-minute, but Green Ridge blocked three shots to end regulation.

The game was tied at 86-86, 89-89 and 91-91 in the extra four-minute session.

After the two teams traded empty possessions, Hon came through by nailing a three with 50 seconds to play.

Story hit two free throws, but the Orioles' Trent McGinnis was left wide open under the basket for an easy lay-up.

Story misfired on a three, but the Orioles turned over the ball on the offensive end, Green Ridge utilizing a timeout.

After another timeout by the Tigers, McCarthy fired up a three-point attempt that rolled off the rim, McGinnis grabbing the rebound just ahead of the final buzzer.

Cass Heimsoth, who had six points in the first quarter, eight in the second and 11 in the third, led the Orioles' attack with 31 points. Hon finished with two threes and 22 points. Austin Beydler added 12 points and Jesse Schnakenberg nine points and 16 rebounds.

Story paced all scorers with 37 points. McCarthy added 23 points and Axton Harding 14.

(2) Santa Fe 71,

(7) Crest Ridge 50

Through three quarters, Heath Heckadon's seventh-seeded Crest Ridge Cougars took a number of shots from the No. 2-seeded Santa Fe Chiefs. Yet, they were still only down 10 points with eight minutes to play.

That's when Travis Zahl's Chiefs found another gear, pulling away for the 21-point victory.

Ahead by a 57-47 score early in the fourth quarter, the Chiefs ripped off 10 straight points over a 2-minute, 45-second span.

Chad Tieman canned back-to-back baskets, then Ben Hinz hit two free throws, grabbed an offensive rebound and scored and converted off a fast-break opportunity.

Crest Ridge stayed close through most of the first half, except for a 7-0 run by Santa Fe for a 26-17 lead and an 8-0 run, making a 28-24 lead 36-24.

Santa Fe led 36-36 at the break.

The Cougars chipped away to get the deficit down to eight on a basket by Jake Brookshier with 4:59 left in the quarter.

Cole Heckadon's basket inched the Cougars within 47-40 with 2:55 to play in the third.

Hinz keyed a 7-0 run by Santa Fe by hitting a three-pointer and scoring inside the arc.

The Chiefs were led by Tie-man with 23 points. Hinz canned three threes and 20 points. Andrew Curry netted 14 points.

Taylor Nagel paced the Cougars with 16 points. Heckadon added three threes and 13 points.

(3) Sweet Springs 66,

(6) Windsor 49

Hitting 11 of 18 fourth-quarter free throws, Sweet Springs was able to pull away to claim a 16-point win over Windsor.

Sweet Springs held a 15-12 advantage after the first quarter, Matt Harris drilling a three-point bomb and scoring seven points.

Each team scored 11 second-quarter points, Sweet Springs maintaining a three-point lead at the half.

Jeffery Hall's three three-pointers and 11 third-quarter points helped Sweet Springs build a 44-37 advantage heading to the fourth quarter.

Windsor stayed within striking distance after three quarters as Nick Standon and Aaron Garoutte split eight third-quarter points.

Harris, who matched his first-quarter output with a three and seven points, finished as the game's high scorer with 20 points. Hall added 19 points and Jacob Schowengerdt 17 points, including seven for eight from the free-throw line.

Zane Anstine led Windsor with 14 points. Zach Groder added 11 points.

The semifinal games were played Tuesday night. The winners meet in the championship game Thursday night at 7:30.

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