Fourth Quarter Run Propels Pine Bluffs Past Lusk To Win 2A Southeast [VIDEO]
Video highlights of the Saturday, February 14th 2A Boys Basketball game, between Lusk at #1 Pine Bluffs.
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The Hornets went on a 14-2 to start the 4th quarter, and pulled away from the Tigers, in their home finale.
Let's see...after the game, it's nap time, then dinner, followed by a play date...she's so happy that her dad got her one of those schedule planners at such a young age!
Lusk at #1 Pine Bluffs...first quarter...Lusk wearing the red...Denton Shaw did not waste much time...he wanted to start this party with a bang and he will pull the trigger. He got what he wanted, and the score is 3-to-nothing.
Pine Bluffs was picking and choosing their shots...Harvey De La Cruz passes up the opportunity for 3, because he saw a wide open path to the hoop, and getting 2 points is much easier when there's no one in your way...his team trails 6-to-4.
The Tigers found their own paths as well, but they had a few more obstacles...no matter...Derck VandeBossche found a way to get around them, and score 2 of his 13...that would keep his squad out in front...8-to-4.
They were also beating the opposition to the punch at times...Zach Venable gets the finish on this fast break to add 2 more to the cause...and the visitors were right where they wanted to be, ahead 10-4 good buddy.
The Hornets were able to match the opposition's speed...check out this finish...De La Won't You Let Me Take You On A Sea Cruz...that was pretty, although his boys are still down 10-to-6.
The home team had yet to bring out their main stingers...Haize Fornstrom has 3 of them, and that was a big sting! Get used to the name Fornstrom for the next 4-to-5 seasons...I'll explain later...they trail 15-to-11 right now.
This was the third time this season, that these 2 teams have hooked up...so they both knew what they had to do...Shaw will shoot on the run...gets the bucket and the whistle...Lusk was able to maintain their advantage for a bit longer...it was 19-to-14, after the first 8 minutes.
Second quarter...we have not yet seen the big man for PB but he was there...Hunter Thompson...a 6 foot 9 sophomore...and the defense was smart enough to not let him get close to hoop...he had to earn his points and his did...this 2 would have his team at a 19-16 disadvantage.
Pine Bluffs was able to get other guys inside though...such as Scott Gross...you don't always need height to score when you are that close to the hoop...the deficit is now 1...with the scoreboard reading 21-to-20.
They were chipping away at the deficit...and speaking of chipping...Trent Werner has a big chip on his shoulder...move like a butterfly and sting like a Hornet...that would tie the score up...we have a 23-all contest.
...but a tie is no good...the home team wanted the lead...Thompson led all scorers with 19 points...no dunks in this game, but he had other moments, and now his team in front, by a score of 25-to-23.
Lusk would even things up, but you could get the sense which side had the momentum...Fornstrom has the mo he needed on this 3-ball...12 points for the freshmen...there are 4 other Fornstroms on this team, and 3 more on the way...look out! PB is back up 28-to-25.
The Tigers needed to get some of that momentum back on their side...it gets too dangerous when one side has too much of it...VandeBossche has the moves to get the job done...13 points for the senior...and we got a close one here...it was 30-to-29 going into the locker room.
3rd quarter...sometimes you just need some luck on your side...I don't think this was the plan but Gross will take it...he scored in double digits with 10, and Pine Bluffs is up by a score of 32-to-29.
The visitors had to tighten up their defense...and that produced some points for the offense...not sure who got the turnover, but VandeBossche was all by himself and that was the easiest 2 points he has ever had...his team is breathing down the opponents neck, down 32-to-31.
...and they would tighten up on Thompson, but he had team-mates to get him out of a spot...Kyle Jeffres gets behind the double-team and the defense reacted a split-second too late...The Hornets push their lead up to 5...it's 38-to-33.
Meanwhile Thompson sometimes had to take care of things himself...and if he had 2 guys guarding him...he just had to go over them...this is would open up an 8 point lead, with the home team up 41-to-33.
Lusk may have been down, but they were by no means out...and a free gift or 2 was always appreciated...VandeBossche would help himself, and his squad is down by 6...it's 41-to-35.
The Tigers were pouncing on turn-over opportunities...here's another one as Tyler Harris will pick off the pass and he will coast in for 2...the mo was starting to shift the other way...his boys are only down 41-to-37.
They would eventually close the gap to 2...and had a few seconds to grab the lead or tie it...no good on the 3...Harris gets the loose ball and his shot is no good either...the buzzer went off first...tough break...but there's still 8 minutes to go...and they trial 44-to-42, which is not a bad spot to be in.
4th quarter...here is where the tide turned for good...and it did not take long...the big man with a turn around jumper for 2...that would move PB ahead 48-to-42.
Later...Pine Bluffs had the opposition encircled...it was just an issue of who was going to strike...De La Cruz is the smallest guy on the team, but big things come in small packages...that was 3 of his 10...the Hornets now go up 51-to-42.
...and there was still Thompson to contend with...like I said no dunks, and this was the closest he got...he was happy with his numbers, and the lead is in double digits, with the scoreboard reading 54-to-44.
The sophomore was mixing it up...he did not always score up close...this medium range jumper would cap off a 14-to-2 run, and the home team had everything going for them...it's now 58-to-44.
The opposition was in some serious trouble...only 2 points in a 5 minute span, and that is not what you want in the 4th quarter...Shaw will get the bucket and 1...18 points were his numbers, but the damage had already been done...PB would clinch the 2A southeast, winning this game 65-to-53.