Cardinals nip Central City in court thriller

Never say never.
Despite their inconsistency, the Boone Central Cardinals pulled out a last-gasp 59-57 victory in the final seconds of a seesaw battle with visiting Central City Thursday.
Both reams had good runs, and not so good runs, during the contest, but neither could pull away and separate.
It came down to crunch time, the final seconds, and clutch plays by the Cardinals.
Following a Bison follow shot for a 57-54 Central City lead with twenty seconds to play, Carsten Bird made a long pass to find Alex Christo wide open in transition. Christo arced in a 3-pointer from the left wing forge a 57-all deadlock.
Central City appeared to have the final chance at a regulation victory, inbounding the ball with 8.4 seconds remaining. Senior Braden Benes had other ideas. Applying full-court pressure, Benes made a steal at mid-court and, after missing a contested layup, saw teammate Dustin Andreasen fly in to tip home a follow shot with 1.1 seconds to play.
The Bison were able to get off a half-court heave prior to the buzzer, but the shot sailed well wide of the mark, leaving Boone Central with a big home court W.

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