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CMB boys succumb to Tigers in final seconds

STATE CENTER – The Collins-Maxwell-Baxter boys’ basketball team couldn’t quite hang on versus South Hardin in a Class 2A district semifinal matchup Saturday in State Center.

The Raiders controlled most of the second half, but they were outscored 15-5 down the stretch. The end result was a loss by a single point as South Hardin prevailed, 56-55.

CMB started the fourth quarter on a 12-4 run to take a 50-41 lead.

Seth Balke, Zach Samson and Bryce Kemp each hit a basket and Brady Stover drained a 3-pointer to push CMB’s lead from 38-37 to 49-41 with four minutes, 58 seconds left. Tommy Galloway hit 1 of 2 free throws 42 seconds later to give the Raiders their biggest lead.

South Hardin began to chip away at CMB over the final four minutes.

A three-point play from Glendon Mesch pulled the Tigers within 50-47 with 3:16 remaining. South Hardin closed within 55-53 on another Mesch basket off an offensive rebound with 48 seconds left.

CMB then had two missed free throws and a turnover over the next 26 seconds, but the Raider defense held with the help of two missed South Hardin free throws. With 19 seconds left the Raiders had a chance to go up by three or four, but two more missed foul shots left the door open for South Hardin.

Mesch came through big again for the Tigers in the final seconds as he scored off an offensive rebound to give his team the lead with just three seconds remaining. CMB was unable to answer in the final seconds to end up with a gut-wrenching defeat.

The Raiders held South Hardin to 5 of 17 shooting from 3-point range. They also got to the line nine more times than the Tigers (24 to 15) and posted a 39-30 rebounding advantage.

CMB was hurt by only making 11 of 24 foul shots and 2 of 10 3-pointers. The Raiders also had 15 turnovers.

Kemp had a huge game inside for CMB in defeat. He corralled an impressive 24 rebounds and also scored 17 points and dished out two assists.

Samson ended up with 12 points and three rebounds in his final game as a Raider. Galloway added nine points and two assists, Balke delivered eight points and three assists, Stover netted five points and Austin Moorman and Patrick Girard each scored two points.

With the loss, CMB ended the season at 15-8.

South Hardin improved to 14-10. Sam Shindelar scored 16 points and David Shindelar netted 11 to lead the Tigers in scoring.

Eric Mulder contributed 10 points, 10 assists, five steals and one block and Mesch finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds for South Hardin.

South Hardin 56, CMB 55

SH 8 15 14 19 – 56

CMB 9 16 13 17 – 55

South Hardin (56) – Sam Shindelar 6-16 1-1 16, David Shindelar 4-8 2-3 11, Tim Rose 0-0 0-0 0, Eric Mulder 4-16 1-2 10, Jon Weber 0-1 0-2 0, Andrew Wiechmann 3-5 1-3 7, Jordin Wilkie 0-1 2-2 2, Glendon Mesch 4-8 2-2 10. Totals: 21-55 9-15 56. 3-point field goals (5): S. Shindelar 3, D. Shindelar, Mulder. Rebounds (30): Mesch 11. Assists (12): Mulder 10. Steals (9): Mulder 5. Blocks (1): Mulder.

CMB (55) – Austin Moorman 1-6 0-0 2, Tommy Galloway 2-9 4-7 9, Zach Samson 6-8 0-0 12, Seth Balke 4-8 0-2 8, Bryce Kemp 5-13 7-8 17, Joey Nissen 0-1 0-4 0, Brady Stover 2-2 0-1 5, Patrick Girard 1-3 0-2 2. Totals: 21-50 11-24 55. 3-point field goals (2): Galloway, Stover. Rebounds (39): Kemp 24. Assists (10): Balke 3. Steals (8): Galloway 3. Blocks: NA.

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