Buzzer-beater downs Goshen Eagles

Published 11:03 pm Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Goshen Eagles held a comfortable 60-46 advantage entering the fourth quarter, but Highland Home blasted the Eagles in the fourth quarter and hit a put-back layup at the buzzer to walk away from Goshen with a 66-65 victory.

The Flying Squadron outscored Goshen 20-5 in the final frame for the win in what was a back-and-forth battle all night.

Goshen (2-10, 0-3 AHSAA Class 2A, Area 5) held a 16-14 advantage after the first quarter, largely because Antwan Boswell caught fire from behind the three-point arc. Boswell hit four threes in the quarter.

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Boswell finished the game with 22 points.

The second quarter belonged to Highland Home, as they outscored the Eagles 21-18 to take a 35-34 lead into halftime. The Eagles came out with a pressure defense in the third quarter and went on an 8-3 run early to take a 42-38 lead. The Eagles outscored Highland Home 26-9 in the third to hold a 60-46 lead entering the fourth.

Goshen could not find the basket after trying to stall all fourth quarter and Highland Home turned up the heat. The game was tied at 64-64 with 1:55 to play and Boswell hit on 1-of-2 free throws to give the Eagles a 65-64 advantage with 38 seconds to play.

Goshen got the ball back and missed a free throw with 10 seconds to go. The Squadron scooped up the rebound and pushed the ball up court, scoring on a put-back effort as the clock hit triple zeros.

Tyrese Wingard had 15 points for the Eagles. Austin Bennett contributed 10 points. Justin Senn and Reginald Foster had eight points apiece and Ryan Anderson had two points.