CHERRYVALE — A pair of free throws by Yates Center High’s Paul Stockebrand with no time remaining broke a 44-44 deadlock and gave the Wildcats a thrilling 46-44 win over Cherryvale High Tuesday.
Stockebrand was found by teammate Dalton Smith under the basket and the officials whistled a foul on a Cherryvale defender.
“There was some confusion over whether the foul happened with any time left,” Wildcat head coach Jason Weilert said.
The officials ruled the foul should count, but with no time on the clock, Stockebrand shot the charities by himself with no other players nearby.
He drained the first to seal the victory, then the second for good measure.
“It was just a back-and-forth ball game,” Weilert said. “We did a good job of moving the ball around and getting the shots we wanted. We missed some open shots in the first quarter, but things picked up for us.”
Cherryvale led 11-6 after one quarter before Yates Center knotted the score at 19-19 at the break.
Neither team could take control in the second half. Yates Center led 33-32 after the third period.
“They tried to stall late in the game, but we were fortunate and forced a turnover,” Weilert said.
Smith led the Wildcats with 16 points, followed by Jake Morrison with 11 points and Blake Francis with 10 points and nine rebounds.
Trent Loganbill’s 18 paced Cherryvale. Devin Hestand had 15 and Micah Booe 10.
Cherryvale won the junior varsity contest 65 26. Ryan Mentzer scored 11 to pace the Wildcat JV.
The Wildcats will host Humboldt on Friday.
Yates Center (6-13-14-13—46) (FG/3-pt): Morrison 5-1-2-11, Knoblock 0-0-3-0, Aguirre 0-1-1-1, Francis 2/2-0-1-10, Stockebrand 2-6-0-8, Smith 6/1-1-1-16. TOTALS: 15/3-7-8-46.
Cherryvale (11-8-13-12—44) (FG/3-pt): Loganbill 2/4-2-3-18, Hestand 1/4-0-1-15, Allison 0-0-1-0, O’Brien 1-0-3-2, Booe 4-2-4-10. TOTALS: 8/8-4-12-44.
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