EPC deals BIC 41-40 overtime heartbreak

Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Mustang Tate Schooley attempts to block a shot by EPC's Travis Joplin.  The Warriors squeaked past the Mustangs 41-40 in overtime Monday night at the Mustang Athletic Complex.  

Buffalo Island Central and East Poinsett County battled into overtime at the Mustang Athletic Complex in Monette Monday night before the Warriors escaped with a heart thumping 41-40 victory over the Mustangs.

The two teams fought to a 37-37 tie after regulation, thanks to Travis Joplin’s two free throws with 1:06 remaining. BIC played for the last shot, and had three attempts at a game winner, but couldn’t find the mark, sending the game into overtime.

In the overtime period, Isaiah Taylor put the Warriors on top, 39-37, with a pair of free throws at the 3:32 mark. After a Mustang miss, EPC went back to the line and made 1-2 foul shots to take a 40-37 lead with 2:04 remaining. Andrew McFarlin knocked down a 10-footer at the 1:37 mark to slice the Warrior lead to a single point, 40-39. Forced to foul, the Mustangs sent Taylor back to the charity stripe where the 6’3” senior made 1-2 attempts, pushing the EPC advantage to 41-39 with 53 ticks left on the clock. BIC had a chance to tie or take the lead, and with 2.8 seconds left, McFarlin was fouled. McFarlin went to the line to shoot the double bonus, making the first to slice the EPC lead to one. McFarlin’s second attempt bounded off the rim, and EPC’s Jonathan Gilmore secured the rebound. Gilmore was immediately fouled with 1.9 seconds showing on the clock. Gilmore misfired on both attempts, and BIC pulled in the rebound and quickly took a timeout, setting up one final play. But BIC’s full court desperation pass was picked off, and the clock ran out, giving the Warriors the win.

BIC senior guard Canon Walling drives past EPC's Isaiah Taylor for two points in senior boys action at Monette. 

EPC led 12-10 after the first quarter and took a 20-18 edge into the dressing room at intermission. BIC took its first lead of the game early in the third period on a McFarlin bucket. The Mustangs ran their advantage to four points on back to back baskets by Chayse Carmichael and Canon Walling to grab a 26-22 lead. The Warriors charged back, outscoring BIC 10-1 to close out the quarter, taking a 32-27 advantage into the final frame.

In the fourth quarter, BIC rallied and evened the game at 35-all on Carmichael’s three pointer at the 3:36 mark. The Mustangs went on top on a give and go from Blaine Wildy to Jessie Fry, who laid it off the glass for two points, putting BIC ahead 37-35 with 2:01 remaining.

Joplin scored a game high 16 points to lead EPC. Taylor tallied 10 while Gilmore dropped in nine. The Warriors struggled from the line, making just 12-23 attempts, and drained one trey.

Mustang Blaine Wildy drives the lane as teammate Noah Teeter looks on in BIC's Monday night matchup with EPC.

Carmichael paced BIC with 13 points. McFarlin scored eight, Walling had seven, Wildy netted six, Tate Schooley contributed three, Fry netted two while Devin Pemberton chipped in one point. The Mustangs sank 6-10 free throws and canned two three pointers.

In junior high action, EPC jolted BIC 49-19. Preston Raines led the Warriors with 11.

Caleb Suiter led the Mustangs with six points. Matthew McMinn and Mikey Brown tallied four points each while Grady Peel, Brayden Carmichael, Nathan Brinkley, Jack Edwards and Alex Rangel all pitched in one point each.

BIC hosted KIPP Blytheville Friday night and came away with a 59-42 victory. McFarlin topped the Mustangs with 10 points.

In the junior high game, Brayden Carmichael scored 14 points while Mikey Brown added 10 to help lead BIC to a 48-33 victory.

BIC returns to action Tuesday night when they travel to Marked Tree to take on the top ranked Indians. The Mustangs will host Manila Friday night before finishing the regular season against Armorel Saturday at the MAC on senior night.

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