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Midway escapes with narrow win over Bears, 60-59

Published: 11:46 AM, 11/29/2012 Last updated: 1:09 PM, 11/30/2012

Author: Missy Carter
Source: The Monroe County Advocate


MIDWAY- The Green Waves took the tip but the Bears offense got off to a  quick start as Robert Vandervort opened with  a 3-pointer then Dakota Rinehart drew a foul and added two free throws early in the frame. Dakota Stone swished a three and Devin Collier had numerous offensive rebounds and two put backs pushing the Bears to an 18-4 lead at the end of the first quarter. Tyler Peeler added four in the second quarter as did Collier. 

Midway's Adam Houser and Jacob Cawood put points on the board to cut the Bears lead. Vandervort hit another three and Stone would hit his second three out of his four for the night. Collier hit the defensive boards hard bringing in seven rebounds in the first half.  Midway's Caleb Ruffner made a bucket and then was sent to the line making it Midway 29, Tellico 38 at the half.

 Vandervort opened up the half with a bucket while Stone put up another three. Cawood and Adam Ruff for the Green waves answered with buckets of their own. Midway decided to put some pressure on the Bears and went on an 8 point run. Shawn Yates called his boys over for a timeout to put the game back in perspective. Stone made a good play then assisted Vandervort in another bucket ending the third frame 50-39 with the Bears holding on to a lead.

Dalton Goslin and Cawood would start the Green waves on their run toward a win with several unanswered buckets.  With 4:18 left in the fourth the Bears put up their first points in the quarter but Ruffner would take the ball full court for a layup on the next possession. On a Bears turnover, the Green waves would tie the game at 51-51 with 2:55 on the clock.  Vandervort added two more then a referee decision would charge the Bears with two technicals and send the Green waves to the line.

A Tellico player entered the game after being waved in by one referee, the second referee handed the ball to an out of bounds player and started the play with 6 Bears on the floor.  A technical was called and as the player exited the floor. Another questionable technical was called which sent two Midway players to the line for four more points. Rinehart hit a free throw and added a bucket as did Midway's Houser making it 59-60 with Midway up by one point with 1.7 seconds on the clock.  The Bears would get one last quick shot that wouldn't fall giving Midway the win. The Green waves outscored the Bears 21 to 9 in the fourth. 

 Points: ( Bears Vandervort 17, Stone 12, Collier 8, Rinehart 7, Peeler 6,  Bookout, Choate, Cook 2) (Midway Cawood 15, Ruffner 13, Houser 12, Clower 7, Moore 6, Ruff 4, Goslin 2)  

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