Jaguars spoil BIC homecoming with fourth quarter rally
McCrory spoiled Buffalo Island Central's senior high Homecoming with a stunning fourth quarter rally as the Jaguars shocked the Mustangs 68-65 in 2A-3 conference action Friday night at the Mustang Athletic Complex in Monette.
The Jaguars trailed the majority of the game before Shyheim Woods' driving lay-up tied the game 51-51 with 4:50 left. Woods put the Jaguars ahead for good, 55-53, with another inside bucket with 3:30 to go.
The Mustangs went cold from the field and were forced to foul, sending Woods to the charity stripe where the Jaguar point guard connected on five of six free throws to push the McCrory lead to 60-53 with 1:40 left in the game.
BIC got free throws from Austin Pike and Alan Carmichael to narrow the deficit to 60-56. McCrory expanded their lead when Miller Ashby hit the front end of a one and one before missing the bonus shot. Drew Smith skied high for the offensive board and tipped the ball in to push the lead back to seven, 63-56.
BIC rallied one more time, closing to within 66-63 on a three point play by Nick Bollinger with 22 seconds left. Devin Randolph gave the Jaguars a four point lead, 67-63, with a foul shot at the 16 second mark, but Austin Pike drove the length of the floor to slice the Jaguar lead to 67-65 with seven seconds left.
The Mustangs were forced to foul Woods, who hit the front end of the double bonus, giving McCrory a three point lead at the six second mark. Woods misfired on the second free throw attempt, allowing BIC one last chance to send the game into overtime, but Pike's desperation three pointer at the buzzer fell short allowing the Jaguars to celebrate the upset victory.
BIC (13-13, 4-7 2A-3) jumped to an early 16-12 lead after the opening quarter behind Pike's 12 points. The sophomore forward finished with a game high 29 points on the night. The Mustangs held a slim 33-30 edge at the half and took a 47-42 advantage into the fourth quarter, thanks to a one handed slam dunk by Pike to close out the third period of play.
Joining Pike in double figures for BIC was Jacob Sanders with 17 points. Bollinger netted nine, Devon Ballin scored five, Tyler Myers tallied three while Carmichael pitched in two points. The Mustangs connected on 12-21 free throws and made one three pointer.
Woods led the Jaguars with 24 points. Smith scored 14 while Randolph and Ashby netted 11 points apiece. McCrory hit 17-28 free throws, including 14-22 in the fourth quarter.
In junior high action, BIC blasted McCrory 66-36. Dustyn Myers and Ryan Austin led the Mustangs with 14 points apiece. Alex Talevera netted nine, Trey DePriest and Drake Jones tallied six points each while Dax Hurst, Cory Turner and Trevor Couch added four points apiece. Evan Sanders scored three while Tyler Parker added two.
Kaigan Rogo led the Jaguars with 20 points.
BIC will return to action Tuesday night when they travel to Cherry Valley to take on Cross County in 2A-3 conference play. The Mustangs will close out the week with a road trip to Lepanto where they will face defending 2A State Champion East Poinsett County in another conference matchup.