Purdy takes second in Spokane tourney
The Purdy Eagles basketball team couldn't hit key free throws down the stretch, falling 52-44 to Reeds Spring in the championship of the Spokane Tournament.
"We're not going to make any excuses, but I think we suffered from some tired legs at times tonight," said Purdy coach Tommy Egan. "We have played four games in six nights. I'm proud of our effort. Hopefully, a week like this can give us an edge when we get to districts."
The opening quarter was highlighted with intense defensive pressure and half-court offenses working to get the shot that each team wanted. The two title contenders played to a 6-6 draw after the first eight minutes of competition.
The tempo picked up in the second quarter.
Reeds Spring's Austin Selby, a 6'5" senior, single-handedly kept the Wolves in the game by scoring 8 second-quarter points.
Purdy countered with a very balanced, team effort. The Eagles had seven different players score in the first half.
Keevin Walker laser-beamed a bounce pass to Austin Hancock, which resulted in an easy layup as the clock expired to send the Eagles into the locker room holding onto a 20-16 lead.
The scoreboard reflected the back-and-forth, ping-pong style of play in the third period.
Trailing 26-20 with 5:28 left in the third, Reeds Spring coach Barry Yocum called a timeout.
After the timeout, Purdy went cold on the offensive side, going almost four minutes without a field goal.
With less than a minute and a half to go in the third frame, Reeds Spring's Easton Flaugh hit a runner in the lane to give the Wolves their first lead of the game at 28-27.
Purdy quickly responded with an old fashioned 3-point play from Glenn Scott and a put-back basket from Tyler Scott to take a 32-28 lead into the final period.
The Wolves battled back in the final period with a 14-10 run to tie the contest at 42-42.
With two minutes left, Reeds Spring took a 44-42 lead then forced a turnover that resulted the Wolves' Josh Kent hitting a 3-pointer to extend the advantage to 47-42.
From that point until the final buzzer, Purdy was under pressure to foul and force Reeds Spring to hit free throws to secure the championship.
Scoring for Purdy: Terry, 21 points; Glenn Scott, 9; Tyler Scott, 5; Brent Cornman, 3; and Walker, Alex Mareth and Hancock, 2 each.
Scoring for Reeds Spring: Selby, 16 points; Flaugh, 9; Josh Kent and Skylar Murphy, 8 each; Joey Longstreet, 5; and Nick Vos and Grant Allison, 3 each.
Terry and Walker were both named to the All-Tournament team.
Terry came up huge for the basketball Eagles in the final 17 seconds of their semifinal tilt with Springfield Catholic in the Spokane Invitational on Jan. 18
Trailing 61-60 with 17 seconds remaining, Terry drilled a 17-foot jump shot to give the black and yellow a 62-61 lead. Terry then blocked a potential game-winning shot with 12 seconds left, allowing teammate Walker to grab the loose ball and get fouled.
"I was proud of the way we executed down the stretch," said Egan. "We did a better job of rotating on their 3-point shooters in the second half to earn the win."
Purdy trailed the Fighting Irish 18-12 after one period and 32-28 at halftime.
The Eagles were able to get valuable minutes from bench players Hancock and Mareth, who combined to score 15 points in the game.
Purdy won the third period 19-12 to lead 47-44 to begin the final eight minutes.
The Eagles trailed 57-52 with 3:38 left in the contest when Glenn Scott completed a 3-point play. A steal and score by Mareth tied the game with 3:24 remaining.
Scoring for Purdy: Terry, 15; Glenn Scott, 12; Mareth, 10; Cornman, 9; and Tyler Scott and Hancock, 5 each.