The Alcester-Hudson Cubs lost a heartbreaker to the Beresford Watchdogs on Saturday, February 3rd. A made free throw with just a half second left in the game was the difference as the Watchdogs took the win 52-51.
Beresford seemed to be headed down an easy path to their fourth straight win after the first two quarters of play. The Watchdogs led 14-10 at the end of the first quarter and then extended their lead to 32-21 by halftime. Things then started to change for the Cubs.
Alcester-Hudson chipped away at the lead in the third quarter and shrunk the lead to 45-40 going into the fourth quarter. The Cubs cut the lead to 47-46 with about 6:30 to play in the game. The score remained 47-46 for almost the next four minutes. Alcester-Hudson broke the scoring drought by both teams with a basket to take a 48-47 lead with 2:40 to go. Aidan Hamm put the Watchdogs back in front 50-48 after a three-point shot with 1:15 remaining. Hamm made one of two free throws with :21 on the clock to give the Watchdogs a 51-48 advantage. Dominic Van Egdom tied the game with a three-point basket with :05.7 left.
James took the inbound pass after a timeout and sprinted down the court. He leaped towards the hoop on a lay-up attempt as Van Egdom tried to slide in and take the charge. A blocking foul was called with :00.5 to go putting James on the free-throw line for the game-winning free throw.
Van Egdom finished with 24 points. Jose Topete-Lopez added 10 points. Mateo Kleinhans had eight points. William Hallaway, Ethan Bovill, and Evan Haak all had three points each.