Mid-Prairie defeats Tipton in last-second thriller
WELLMAN - The Mid-Prairie High School boys’ basketball team claimed a narrow 54 – 52 home victory against their River Valley Conference opponent Tipton on Friday, Jan. 24.
The Golden Hawks got their offense going early, scoring 22 points in the first quarter to open up a seven-point lead when the second quarter began. The Tigers came back and outscored Mid-Prairie 12 – 11 in the last eight minutes of the first half to create a halftime score of 33 – 27, Golden Hawks.
Tipton carried its momentum into the third quarter, translating that momentum into going 11/30 from 3-point range, and took the lead with a 17 – 8 run in the third quarter. Mid-Prairie’s Dayton Hall hit a 3-pointer with three minutes left to put the Golden Hawks back in the lead 50 - 49. Christian Johnson made a basket for Mid-Prairie and got fouled but missed the free throw and the Hawks led 52 - 49 with 2 minutes left. Good defense and rebounding got the ball back for Mid-Prairie but two missed front ends of one-and-ones gave the Tigers a chance. Tipton sophomore Matt Pelzer hit a deep corner three to tie the game with 20 seconds left. After a timeout, Golden Hawk Nathan Faselt made a great pass to Johnson for a layup with 4.5 seconds left to give Mid-Prairie a two-point lead. The Tigers missed a desperation three at the buzzer and the Golden Hawks held on for the victory.
As a team Mid-Prairie shot 49 percent (29/43) from the field, 4/13 from 3-point range and 8/14 from the free-throw line. The Golden Hawks outrebounded the Tigers 28 - 22. Mid-Prairie recorded 12 assists and seven steals.
Johnson led the Golden Hawks with 16 points. Faselt had six rebounds. Senior Spencer Shalla had four assists. Hall, sophomore Nolan Faselt and senior Nick Stimson all had two steals.
Mid-Prairie is now 8 - 6 overall, 7 - 6 in the RVC. They play again on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at home against Durant.