Lutie, Dora win with buzzer-beater threes
You don't have to go see Kobe or Lebron to experience some thrilling basketball.
Ozark County high school basketball teams Lutie and Dora thrilled fans this past week, each winning games on buzzer-beater three-pointers. The Cabool Bulldogs were the victims both times.
For Lutie, it was an old-fashioned double-overtime barn burner at home on Dec. 13 against Cabool. Fans should have known they were in for a great game when the two teams were tied up at 19-19 after one quarter, and the Indians led by only 1 at halftime.
The third quarter belonged to Cabool as the Bulldogs outscored the Indians 19-12. But Lutie came roaring back in the fourth quarter, going on a 24-18 run to tie the game.
Fast-forward through two back-and-forth overtimes, and both teams were knotted at 84 with seconds remaining in the second overtime.
That's when Lutie standout Dylan Burks stepped up and nailed a three-pointer as the buzzer sounded to unleash a barrage of cheers in the home gym. Burks finished the game with 14 points and only one trey - the game-winner.
Josh Daffron led the Lutie squad with 23 points, followed by Joe Terry with 17 and Thomas Ritter with 16.
The JV Indians also won against Cabool, 55-31.
Cabool licked their wounds and hoped to rebound from the tough loss when they hosted the Dora Falcons Friday night.
Dora's Jesse Morgan rolled his ankle in the first quarter and played limited time in the game. The Falcons' Gavin Haney was already out with an ankle injury, so the Falcon bench had to step up and fill the void.
"Cabool jumped out early, and we had to play catch-up the entire game," said Dora coach Rick Luna.
Late in the fourth quarter the Falcons took the lead only to give it up again. Down by two with five seconds on the clock, Dora's Treysen Hambelton took the ball down the court and passed it to Jesse Morgan, who sank a three-pointer at the buzzer to give Dora a 71-70 win.
Hambelton led all scorers with 25 points. Morgan had 14 while Hayden Hunter netted 12.
Dora improved to 4-2 on the year.