Thursday, February 2, 2017

Drake Kinsella's Buzzer Putback Gives Tigers Victory Over King City

Worth County played their second cliffhanger in a row, but this time they came out on top in a 47-45 victory over King City in a buzzerbeater. The game was close all the way, but King City did not make the kind of insane shots that East Atchison did against Worth County the weekend before. Worth County raised its record in the GRC West to 4-3 with the win.

Cade Allee scored eight points in the first five minutes, but King City kept going to the basket and kept it close. An inside shot from Drake Kinsella off a pass from Jacob New and a putback from Kinsella made it 15-10 for Worth County before Alex Travelute's backdoor layup made it 15-12 after one.

It looked like King City would take control in the second quarter as Travelute kept getting loose for easy backdoor layups and the Wildkats took a 24-19 lead at one point. But Ryan McClellan's putback and a free throw made it 24-22 at the half.

Worth County made a concerted effort to get the ball inside to their big men inside in the third quarter. Drake Kinsella and Mason Hawk scored all 16 of Worth County's points in that period as Worth County went from two down to as much as seven up at 34-27. But then Collin Breckinridge hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer with a hand in his face to make it 38-34 and swing the momentum back in his team's favor.

King City came back and tied the game at 38 and 40 before Ryan McClellan got loose in transition to put Worth County back up 42-40 with 4:10 left. After both sides exchanged misses, B.J. Eiberger missed a 1-1 and Drake Kinsella's putback put Worth County up 44-40. Both sides missed chances as there were a lot of turnovers during the next stretch; Worth County could not pull away, while King City could not get closer. Finally, Worth County ran it down to 49.9 seconds left and Drake Kinsella hit one of two to make it 45-40. But then Collin Breckinridge came right back with a triple that made it 45-43 as everyone lost track of him. King City played for a turnover and Worth County ran it down to 31 seconds, before Jacob New missed a 1-1. King City took advantage as A.J. Saunders' runner went down with 15 seconds left to tie it at 45.

Worth County faked out King City perfectly on the next play; they looked like it would be a drive for Ryan McClellan, but they kicked it to Cade Allee for a good look on the left wing. He missed, but Drake Kinsella was there for the putback at the buzzer for the win.

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