It was a hard-fought, defensive affair, but despite a clutch 3-pointer, free throw and thirteen-second half points from Austin’s Gach Gach, his heave at the end of regulation careened off the top of the backboard to give Simley a 52-49 victory over Austin in the 29th Annual Lewiston Auto Warrior Club Tournament at McCown Gymnasium on Monday.
The victory snapped a three-game losing streak for Simley (6-4), but not without dramatics at the conclusion of the game.
Down 49-44 with a minute to play, Austin’s Dylan Gasner drew a foul on a 3-pointer that he drilled, and the subsequent free throw made it a one-point game in favor of the Spartans.
Jack Stensgard then made one of two free throws, Gach missed a bonus opportunity at the other end, and Ben Scheffley’s free throw gave Simley a 52-49 advantage that stood up when Gach’s long distance toss proved long.
Stensgard was one of three players to score in double figures for Simley with 16 points, while Sam Stensgard had 11 and Matthew Amspoker finished with 10.
Gach led all scorers with 19, including 13 in the second half, with only Nik Gasner and Levi Vierkandt scoring as many as five points for Austin (5-5).
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