By Kellan Heavican
A controversial ending surrounding a one-and-one with 2.2 seconds left in the game, leading to a wild finish Friday evening. Kearney defeated Lincoln Southwest 58-55.
Trailing, 55-54, Lincoln Southwest fouled Ryan Koski. Koski stepped to the free throw line where the officials administered a two-shot foul. Southwest only committed 8 team fouls to that point, but no one caught the mishap until after Koski missed the first one.
The officials conferenced and determined Kearney would receive possession off of the possession arrow. On the inbounds, Southwest fouled Kanon Koster who made both shots with 1 second left and the desperation heave to tie the game fell short.
Southwest (4-12) trailed 33-22 at the end of the third, but a 20-10 scoring burst pulled them within 1, 43-42 after 3. JaQuaylon Mays scored eight of his team-high 19 points in the third after only scoring a point in the first half.
Mays tied the game with 2:58 left, but Kearney responded with a pair of free-throws from Kanon Koster that gave them a 48-46 lead. Southwest’s Collin Kohl drilled a three to give LSE a one point advantage, but Kearney responded again.
Both teams would trade possessions, but with 38 seconds left LSW turned the ball over and Koster again converted at the foul line to give Kearney the 54-53 lead.
However, LSW would not go away. Mays added a bucket giving them the lead with 24 second left. But some how, on the next possession, Shiloh Robinson split a pair of defenders while falling down and hit the go-ahead basket, 56-55 with 10 seconds left.
Koster finished with 22 points for Kearney (9-4). Robinson added 13. In addition to Mays, Kohl added 12 for the SIlverhawks.