Grove’s Jake Spychalski hit two free throws with 1.4 seconds remaining, handing Sequoyah a heartbreaking 61-59 loss in the consolation round of the 48th Port City Classic on Friday.
The Eagles erased a 12-point fourth quarter deficit and pulled into a 59-all tie when Blake Mills stole the ball for a layup with 24 seconds left. The Ridgerunners played for a last shot and Spychalski drove the lane only to be fouled by sophomore Tanner Ortery.
Following the go ahead free throws, Sequoyah called time and Mills lofted a half court shot at the buzzer that fell well short. George Longhorn led the Eagles with 19 points and 10 rebounds and Mills finished with 17 points.
Grove relied mainly on the three-point shooting of guard Spencer Londagin who amassed 29 points on a 9-of-18 performance from beyond the arc. Spychalski got 14 points.
Sequoyah last led 14-13 on sophomore Derrek Devore’s triple at the first period’s horn. Grove then turned to Londagin who scored 11 points in the second period. His trey gave the Ridge runners a 35-25 advantage late in the half and Grove was still in front 53-41 early in the final quarter.
Sequoyah stepped up its defensive pressure and forced seven Grove turnovers in the fourth period. The Eagles came within 59-57 on Ortery’s layup at the 33 second mark. Mills’ steal and tying hoop came nine seconds later.
GIRLS: Skiatook 54, Sequoyah 37
Sequoyah was still within reach of Skiatook heading into the final quarter, but the Lady Bulldogs hit 7-of-10 field goal attempts and meshed 10-of-15 free throws to pull away in the consolation round contest.
Mikayla Shulanberger, a 5-10 sophomore, scored 14 of her 23 points in the last frame, making sure the Eagles would not rally. Aubryana Matussak paced Sequoyah with 10 points.
Skiatook shot a scorching 59 percent from the field and erased an early 16-4 deficit. Sequoyah ran off 12 straight points to build the lead, but saw the Bulldogs return the favor with 11 consecutive points in trailing 16-15.
The Eagles led for the final time at 20-19 when Jessica Hansen cashed a foul shot 2:06 into the second half. Kendall Schulte drove to score for Skiatook and added the bonus shot after Hansen’s foul.
Ahead 22-20, the Bulldogs maintained a 30-25 edge going into the fourth period, then Sequoyah’s shooting went ice cold