Garrett Boys varsity hoops escape with 75-70 win Friday

Homecoming 2018 sees last minute thriller

By Rick Kennedy, managing editor
As an alumnus of Garrett Memorial’s fourth graduating class, Homecoming 2018 meant something extra to Varsity Boy’s Coach Seth Foster. He saw his wife, Rachel Foster, lead the Lady Saints to a 56-29 win over Southwest Christian Academy earlier in the evening, but his late game against the Lions was a back-and-forth affair with both teams evenly matched.
The two teams matched goal for goal from the very start, and with 5:47 in the first quarter, the game was tied 6-6, but with 1:20 left in the first period, the surging Lions had a slight 17-14 lead.
In the second period, Southwest Christian appeared to be putting a little distance between themselves and the homesteading Saints with a 28-22 advantage at the 4:44 mark, and at halftime, the Lions had built on a 42-33 lead.
By the third period, however, the Saints big front line started out-rebounding the Lions and keeping them from second shot opportunities, and Garrett was slowly cutting in to the Lions lead; by the 4:49 mark, it was 47-42 with Garrett gaining the momentum.
At the 3:25 mark, the score stood at a tight 50-49, one point separating the two teams, but the Lions once-imposing nine-point lead had vanished as the Saints front line kept clearing the boards, and at the start of the fourth period, the Saints had not only caught up to the Lions, they were building their own advantage 59-52.
But, the two teams then went back and forth in the fourth period with the Lions regaining a one-point lead at 61-60 with 3:33 left in the game, but after hitting a key set of free throws off three-point opportunities, the Saints were back ahead 66-63 with 2:38 remaining.
After some more timely rebounding, Garrett had finally pushed ahead 72-66 with 41 seconds left. The Lions had pulled within 72-70 in the final seconds but couldn’t convert on the last possession to take the game into overtime.
The 2018 Saints include Matthew Lloyd (So.), Zach Smith (Sr.), Jordan Keener (Jr.), Bryan Anderson (So.), Ty Watkins (Jr.), Rayden Vines (So.), Will Zumwalt (So.), Devin Harris (Sr.), Max Garcia (Fr.), Grayson Chambless (So.), Mace Hadley (So.), Aaron McKee (So.), Cole Clements (Sr.) and Alex Peek (So.).

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