Saints prove they're human after all
Monday, 14 February 2011 13:24
By EARL WATT
• Leader & Times
With 3.3 seconds to play, Seward had the ball underneath the goal and needed a basket to send the game to overtime.
Daveon Boardingham jumped up high in the lane for the lob pass, but as he caught the ball he was bumped by a Cloud defender. Boardingham landed outside the lane and pushed a desperation shot toward the goal as he fell to the floor. The shot missed, no foul was called, and the Saint fans erupted with boos as Cloud celebrated a 65-63 win over the Saints on homecoming night.
The loss tightened the Jayhawk Conference race, pulling Cloud to within a game of Seward County with three games to go for the Saints.
The loss was the second in the last three games after the Saints had built a dominating conference lead after knocking off Hutchinson and Barton in back-to-back games.
But Seward’s losses to Colby and Cloud in the past week has provided hope for the Thunderbirds and Garden City Broncbusters. Cloud trails by a game and Garden City is behind the Saints by two games after the homecoming loss to the T-birds.
The Saints had the game under control with a six-point lead after Jeremy Jones hit a three midway through the second half.
But the turnaround for Cloud came on the next possession when the Saints defense prevented the T-birds from getting a good look, and the shot clock was running out. With the Cloud bench yelling for someone to shoot the ball, a pass from the lane was kicked out to Onzie Branch who caught the ball in the air and threw it toward the basket as the shot clock buzzer sounded. The ball banked off the glass and in the basket for a three-pointer. That sparked an 11-0 run for Cloud, and the Saints trailed 40-35.
Seward regained the lead later and built their advantage to five after Rafrael Guthrie hit three free throws after being fouled while attempting a long-range shot.
But Cloud again went on a run, scoring nine unanswered points, all from Richard Carter who hit a three-pointer, then hit a jumper and was fouled for a three-point play, and then cranked in another three for a 57-53 Cloud lead.
Seward had a chance to cut into the lead but missed the front end of a one-and-one while trailing by three.
Seward battled back to have a chance to tie the game on the last possession, but Boardingham’s shot on the bump in the lane missed.
Jones scored 25 for the Saints and Guthrie had 12. Markey Nolen broke his streak of double-doubles by grabbing 11 rebounds but only scoring eight points.
No. 13 Seward (22-5, 10-3), will take a week off before traveling to Dodge City (17-9, 6-6) Sunday.