Bonner Springs boys defeat Piper in overtime
Bonner Springs The question at the end of the game was if Piper’s Bryant Rogers got the shot off before the buzzer sounded.
If he did, then he sent the game to overtime. If he didn’t, the Bonner Springs boys would have held on for a three-point win.
The refs conferred at midcourt. The shot was good. Piper could feel the momentum shifting their way, but the Braves wouldn’t have any of it as they exploded for 18 points in the four-minute overtime to win, 78-71.
With 20 seconds left in regulation, Devonte’ McGee, who led all scorers with 23 points, hit two free throws to give the Braves their three-point lead.
With that much time on the clock, it was too early for Bonner Springs coach Dan Streit to instruct his team to foul and send Piper to the line, where it went 4-for-16 on the night.
But Piper got a second chance with seven seconds left when Bonner Springs’ Josh Adams rebounded the ball and fell to the floor, where he was called for a travel.
“I would love to say, ‘You know, we had it all planned out,’” Streit said. “But with seven seconds left, we thought we could play good enough defense to force them to throw up a shot that, we hoped, wouldn’t go in. Unfortunately, it went in.”
“Should we have fouled and put them on the line? Yeah, we should have done that. Should we have called a timeout and set some stuff up? Yeah, we should have done that. But, I think, in the heat of the game, I get so caught up, and I think my assistants were caught up. We didn’t think about it. That’s a coaching error on our part.”
In the overtime period, the Braves scored on all 10 of their possessions. From the 1:50 mark of the fourth quarter to the end of the game, the Braves went 16-for-20 from the charity stripe.
The Braves finished the game 29-for-44 from the free-throw line. Jamison Jackson went 7-for-11, and scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half.
Streit said before the season that Jackson — who has been the go-to guy for his teams before entering high school — didn’t have to be the guy because there are seniors that he can and should defer to.
However, in the third quarter, Jackson started to take over when his team needed him to as he scored on three consecutive possessions, including a dunk that sent the Braves’ fans into a frenzy.
“I think he really stepped up in the standpoint that the others were frustrated,” Streit said. “He gave us the spark we needed to stay in the game.”
At that point, the Pirates had used an 11-3 run to tie the game at 30 midway through the third quarter.
“Without him hitting, the game probably goes the other way,” Streit said. “We probably lose it. … If I can teach him to be a better post-up player, I think he would be a dominant kid in this league.”
Streit said that’s because Jackson sees himself as a 6-foot-4 guard.
Antonio Roark added 14 points, while Aaron McGee scored 12.
The Braves enter break at 6-1, with their lone loss coming in the opener to Basehor-Linwood.
During break, they’ll work on fundamentals.
“Getting back to running the offense,” Streit said. “We have very rarely run our secondary break. We’re too busy trying to create in a make-believe offense we don’t run.
“We’ve got to reel them back in. Rebounding-wise, we have to do a better job. Sometimes I think our passes our lazy. I think we take some ill-advised shots. But a five-day break hurts you, so we’ll get them conditioned and ready to go.”
The Braves will play host to Mill Valley on Thursday, Jan. 8.