Times Sports Editor
The visiting Honey Creek Bees stole away with a pair of junior high boys' basketball victories at North Clay Wednesday evening.
The seventh-grade Knights' loss was the most bitter as Honey Creek's Conlee Turner knocked down a 3-pointer from the corner as time ran out for a 30-29 victory over North Clay.
The sixth-grade Knights dropped a 36-20 decision to visiting Honey Creek despite a trio of 3-pointer from Dylan Nussel.
The seventh-grade contest was a thriller for multiple reasons as Honey Creek rallied from a first half deficit and led late in the second half. However, North Clay rallied behind some accurate free throw shooting and some timely defense.
The Knights' Drew Lumsdon hit a pair of free throws with 1:45 left in the game to draw his side to within 25-23 and Braelyne Compton drilled two more from the line to knot the score at 25-all with 1:10 remaining.
From there however, the game got wild as a free throw from the Bees' Brycen Russell put his team back in front with under a minute remaining. Compton responded by calmly sinking two shots of his own as North Clay entered the bonus. The free throw parade continued with Honey Creek's Landon Pettijohn getting to the line after the Bees gathered in three offensive rebounds before he was fouled.
Pettijohn hit the first, but missed the second shot, but the Knights were whistled for entering the lane too quickly and the Bees got another shot, which they made to tie the game with only 25.4 seconds left.
Compton, who led the team with 11 points, nailed both shots to give North Clay the lead.
Honey Creek rifled off a 3-point shot that caromed off and Lumsdon snagged the rebound, but his foot was on the endline as the Bees got one more shot.
Turner made that chance count as he sank the trifecta from the corner as time ran out.
Schane had eight points and four boards with Lumsdon adding eight rebounds and six points. Austin Huey chipped in with five rebounds and Mitchell Howald added five rebounds and two points. Brandon Peck led Honey Creek with 12 points, Russell had seven rebounds and seven points with Pettijohn contributing 10 rebounds and three points.
In the sixth-grade contest, Nussel had 11 points to lead the North Clay squad followed by Logan Metz, three from Andrew Osborn and two from Calen Cook.
The sixth-grade (0-2 overall) and seventh-grade (1-1 overall) host Woodrow Wilson on Monday at 6 p.m.