Lebanon boys lose on last-second shot

LCR photo/Alex Boyer
Senior Jordan Lewis posts up on Catholic senior Will Morrison during the Consolation Finals during the Blue and Gold tournament on Monday afternoon. Catholic won the game on a game-winning three-pointer as time expired from Zach Howell,53-52.

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ALEX BOYER ALEX@LACLEDERECORD.COM

With 45 seconds remaining in the Consolation finals of the 74th Annual Blue and Gold tournament in Springfield on Monday afternoon, Lebanon senior Quenton Shelton dribbled the ball around the top of the key before hitting a go-ahead shot from the left elbow with just 2.6 seconds remaining in the contest to take a 52-50 lead over the Catholic Fightin’ Irish.

After an official review, the refs came together to add 1.4 seconds to the game clock, leaving Catholic with 4.0 seconds to try and draw up a final play after Shelton scored with about 3.2 left on the game clock before SCHS head coach Denny Hunt finally called a timeout.

On the final play, Catholic senior Will Morrison threw a baseball pass down the length of the court that almost went out of bounds before Liam O’Reilly was able to save it to Ben Gallegos who found a wide-open Zach Howell who got a friendly bounce from three-point range to send Catholic home with the 7th-place trophy, winning 53-52 over the Yellowjackets.

“We didn’t lose the game because of the final shot, we lost the game because we fouled three times in the last two minutes of the game and gave up a rebound off a missed free throw,” Lebanon head coach Bill Brown said after the game. “There should be no reason that a player is left that wide open on a game-winning attempt, and Quenton lost his man and didn’t guard his job, but we didn’t lose because of that. We gave them six to eight points off the free throw line in the last two minutes without the clock running.”

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