One amazing week for Bryan County basketball
By Zach Maxwell Sports Reporter
Did we just witness the best week ever in Bryan County high school basketball history?
There’s a case to be made for it: Several dramatic game finishes and stellar individual performances were logged between last Saturday and this past Thursday.
It’s as if the kids were trying to melt all that ice with “barn-burners” and hot shooting. It may have helped.
The locations for all this action were varied, from tournaments in Rock Creek and Bennington to kids playing on their home courts in Durant, Colbert and Calera.
Out at the Rock Creek Invitational, Bronson Burns of the Mustangs poured in the best offensive performance of the season so far with 45 points in the championship game against Calera. The visiting Bulldogs ended up winning the game, but Burns put on a heck of a show for the home crowd with 18 points in the fourth quarter in a determined rally effort.
That same night and just down the road from Bokchito, Nathan Wall of Wapanucka hit a pair of free throws with one second left in the game to help the Indians win 42-41 over Moyers in the Bennington Tournament.
This game featured two of the best teams in Class B basketball. No. 14 Wapanucka avenged an early season loss to the seventh-ranked Tigers, handing Moyers its first loss. Both teams are now 11-1.
Round two of the gym floor drama commenced Tuesday in the Lions’ Den, as Reaghan Jones of the Durant Lady Lions saved the day with a buzzer-beater three to down Ardmore 50-49. The boys game was just as close, but favored the visiting Tigers 52-51.
And not to be outdone, Calera’s Bradley McKnight poured in a season-high 37 at the Bulldogs homecoming game, an 80-58 win over Boswell.
One night later, Calera’s LadyDawgs got into the act with a 53-50 win at Colbert which came down to free throws. It was the Lady Leopards’ first loss after a 5-0 start to the season.
The struggling Eagles of Victory Life Academy decided to join the party on Thursday. Both teams defeated Milburn in very close games, but it was Zach Hestily’s three-pointer in the final 10 seconds which took the lead back and secured a nail-biting win.
All these athletes can now rest on their laurels during the holiday break, with games resuming on Jan. 7 as well as the promise of a highly competitive Bryan County Tournament now less than a month away.
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