By Tony Adams, Sports Editor
Still fresh from the afterglow of a second buzzer-beating win over Waco Midway, the Belton Tigers boys’ basketball team took to the home floor in search of an upset of Class 6A No. 7-ranked Harker Heights at Tiger Gym.
The Tigers fought back after trailing by 10 points to take a brief lead in the third quarter, by Heights pulled away in the fourth quarter with a 17-9 run to upend Belton 65-56.
The Tigers jumped out to an early 6-2 lead before a 9-0, 2:05 run put Heights in front 11-6. The Knights held onto the lead for the remainder of the first quarter, leading 18-13.
Heights stretched their lead out to nine points over the course of the second quarter, with Marcus Brown picking up eight of the Knights’ 14 points in the quarter. Jackson McGowan, Coby Potvin hit key shots to keep the game at a five-point deficit at halftime, 32-27.
Josh Williamson drained a pair of three-pointers to give the Tigers a 35-34 lead with 5:40 remaining in the third quarter. CJ Bobbitt took the lead right back for Heights just 13 seconds later on a three-point play, sparking a 10-2 run. Potvin scored eight straight points for the Tigers to close out the quarter, with Heights taking a 48-45 lead into the final quarter.
Potvin then stretched his consecutive point streak to 11 with a three-pointer to tie the game at 48-48 with 7:27 remaining and Dontori Lott’s runner 20 seconds later gave the Tigers the lead. That lead lasted just 31 seconds, as Daevon Clare and Bobbitt combined for a 7-0 run over 1:21 to give Heights a 55-50 lead with 5:15 remaining. Brady Boyd sunk a three-pointer with 4:40 left to get the Tigers back to within two points at 55-53. Heights went on a 10-3 run in the final minutes to take home the win.
“It was definitely a barn burner, you know,” Harker Heights head coach Celneque Bobbitt said. “Belton always plays hard at home and for some odd reason always gets our number. Sometimes kids don’t understand that you have to get out there and play defense every day. Hats off to Coach President, he’s getting all he can out of his kids. He’s building his program. We’ve done it before and understand it.”
“We credit Heights for taking care of business and they’re in position to win the district title,” Belton head coach David President said. “To win a district title, you have got to come out and fight and earn it. Our boys came out tonight and made them earn it. We’re building a tradition here and it starts when they put that jersey on. I want to see them come out and fight. It’s about competing and giving themselves a chance. I have nothing bad to say about my guys. I loved the effort and we’re going to finish these next two games strong. We’re going into this summer with high expectations.”
Belton stuns Midway with second straight buzzer-beater
The Tigers recovered from a 10-point halftime deficit and Jordan Russell drained a 25-foot, three-pointer at the buzzer to beat Waco Midway 46-44 at Midway High School in Hewitt.
Belton trailed 17-7 after the first quarter and 28-18 at halftime. The Tigers made up the 10 points in the third quarter, tying the score at 35-35. Belton trailed by five points late before putting themselves in position for Russell’s stunner at the buzzer.
Both wins against the Panthers this season were on last-second baskets. Jackson McGowan’s layup off of Russell’s in-lane feed with no time left beat Midway 50-49 last month.