christensen's buzzer beater keeps cowboys alive
Just when the Cowboys' prospects started dwindling, Anderson found a cutting Junior Perez for his first basket of the game. It was a big one, putting Breckenridge up 55-54 with 1:39 remaining. Barnesville answered with a three, but Perez forced a 5-second violation with 26.7 seconds remaining down 57-55.
Breckenridge turned the ball over, but Barnesville missed the front end of a one-and-one and Anderson grabbed the board. The Cowboys advanced the ball, but threw it away to the Trojans near the Breckenridge bench. Barnesville was out of bounds.
With 3.8 seconds left in regulation, Yaggie quickly lobbed the inbound pass over a leaping Tonsfeldt and into the hands of Christensen. With his back to the basket, he faded to his left and let it fly, catching just enough of the backboard to sink the jumper and send the game into overtime tied at 57-57.
Anderson wasted no time in the extra period, driving to the bucket for a runner that put Breckenridge up 59-57. Anthony Conzemius played very limited minutes, as he found himself in foul trouble. When he returned in overtime, he rose up for a shot over Kaden Zenzen that extended the lead to 61-57. He also recorded a big block to protect the lead.
After a Zenzen layup made the score 61-59. Barnesville had the basketball again in the waning moments in the hands of Tonsfeldt on the perimeter. With 5 seconds left, he forced his way between Perez and Christensen, losing the basketball. Anderson grabbed it, but traveled as the buzzer went off.
The officials placed .8 on the clock. Yaggie batted the ensuing Tonsfeldt inbound pass into the air, but the clock never started. With the basketball traveling upward, clearly more than a second elapsed before it touched the ground. Bizarrely, the officials placed .4 back on the clock. Barnesville inbounded the ball to the short corner, where a quick shot attempt hit the side of the backboard and the clock read zero. Anderson spiked the basketball and Breckenridge moved to 5-0 on the season and 4-0 in section play.
Yaggie led all scorers with 22 points, viciously attacking the cup while scoring nearly all of his points in the lane. Christensen posted 13 points and 8 rebounds, shooting 5/5 from 2-PT range. Perez recorded 4 assists and 3 steals from the point guard position.
Breckenridge will play its first game away from home this Saturday at Wahpeton High School in the annual Border Battle against the Huskies. Varsity tip is set for 6:00 p.m.