Diamond tips Southwest in hoops opener
The Diamond Wildcats climbed out of a 14-point third-quarter hole and escaped from Washburn with a 71-66 win over the Southwest Trojans on Tuesday, Nov. 26.
The loss spoiled both the Southwest Tipoff celebration and Rusty Roe's coaching debut with the Trojans.
Southwest's Blake Barnes led all scorers with 23, including three treys.
Diamond's balanced attack was led by Brodie Bien's 17 points.
Southwest started fast, and led 18-11 after a quarter. Diamond battled back and claimed a 24-22 lead when Moreland drove the lane and scored with 4:14 on the second-quarter clock.
But an odd technical foul levied against Diamond for an incorrect player listing in the scorebook allowed Southwest to reclaim the lead, and Roe's Trojans pushed to a 37-28 advantage at the half.
Both teams showed early season jitters. Southwest slipped into foul trouble early.
Still, the Trojans scored the first five points of the third quarter to establish a 14-point margin.
Randall, Southwest's big center, with all the subtlety of a bulldozer on a golf course, completed a three-point play off a steal, layup and foul. Then McIntire fed Barnes to finish a fast break for the 42-28 lead.
Diamond chipped away though and Rusow sank a pair of free throws to cut the lead to 50-46 as the third quarter expired.
A 10-2 run, fueled by bombs from McIntire and Barnes, gave the Trojans a 60-48 lead with 4:37 to play.
The Wildcats responded with an 8-2 run to cut the lead to 62-58 with three minutes to play.
The two teams traded baskets and then Seth Delossantos scored in the paint for a 66-62 Southwest lead.
But the Trojans would not score again in the contest. Diamond poured on the defensive pressure and dropped in nine unanswered points in the final 93 seconds to claim the victory.
Southwest will be in action next week at the Marionville Tournament.
Southwest scorers: Blake Barnes, 23; Malon McIntire, 13; Brad Daniels, 13: Robbie Randall, 11; Seth Delossantos, 4; and James Sellars, 2.
Diamond scorers: Brodie Bien, 17; Darren Rusow, 16; Evan Moreland, 14; Micahel Bray, 9; Jeremiah Bridgewater, 8; Cort Hardy, 6; and Carter Prewitt, 1.