Minden Press-Herald

Oct 02nd

Crimson Tide gets buzzer beater win over Haughton

SIBLEY — The Haughton Buccaneers celebrated as they headed to their bench for a time out with just seconds left in their first-round game with Minden High at the Don Stahl Memorial Tournament at Lakeside High School Wednesday night.

The Bucs had just hit a shot with seconds left to tie the game at 57-57. But their celebrations didn't last long, as after the time out, Minden's D.J. Wallace took the inbounds pass, drove the length of the court and hit a three-pointer to give the Crimson Tide a 60-57 win.

"It was a good win, a positive win," Minden head coach Alan Shaw said. "It seems like every game we play comes down to the end, whether we win it or lose it. Maybe this will build some character in us and give us some confidence."

Minden trailed 8-5 at the end of the first quarter, but out-scored Haughton 17-9 in the second quarter to take a 22-17 halftime lead. Minden took the third quarter 18-16 and withstood a 24-20 Haughton fourth quarter to take the win.

"We started slow offensively," Shaw said. "We had a tough first quarter, but we played much better in the second."

Shaw said his team has to battle through another offensive drought in the second half.

"We built a 10-point lead in the third quarter and then we went dry shooting the ball again," he said. "We had some costly turnovers and we sent Haughton to the free throw line quite a bit."

But Wallace's shot took care of everything in the end.

Wallace led the team with 22 points and Tray Hawkins scored 13. Anfernee Redd added eight points.

Minden will play again Friday night at 8 p.m. when they take on the winner of today's Lakeside/Doyline match-up.






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