YORK – Just a week ago the BDS Eagles defeated the McCool Junction Mustangs 59-41 on the Mustangs' home maples.
Anyone who thought a BDS win at the CRC Tournament on Tuesday night was a foregone conclusion, had a big surprise ahead of them.
BDS responded with their backs to the wall in the second half, hitting some big 3-point shots in the fourth quarter to hold off the Mustangs by the final score of 50-46.
BDS (13-3) will take on No. 1 seed High Plains at 4:30 p.m. Thursday for a ticket to the Friday night CRC championship game.
The Mustangs and the Eagles entertained the crowd to a physical battle, which at times should have included helmets as part of the uniform.
The Mustangs strong inside duo of Terry Salyer and Jared Morner was sliced in half in the first half when Morner picked up his third foul in the second quarter and sat the bench for the rest of the opening 16 minutes.
In the third quarter, with both Salyer and Morner on the court, the Mustangs hit the Eagles from all directions on offense as they wiped out the 22-16 halftime deficit with a 20-9 run and led 36-31 entering the final eight minutes. In the quarter Jac Bailey scored six points, four coming off steals and baskets, while Salyer also had six and Morner four.
Just as the third quarters final seconds were ticking off, BDS senior Ryan Tegtmeier hit a long three point bomb that would ignite a 10-0 BDS run.
The Eagles fought back to take the lead in the fourth quarter and never gave it back.
McCool Junction had to put the Eagles to the line in the final minutes and the BDS five responded with 4-5 from the free throw line in the waning second to seal the win, including two pressure throws from freshman Riley Tegtmeier with 16.4 seconds to play.
After having some shooting troubles early, BDS senior Tegtmeier responded in the second half hitting 4-7 shots from the floor, including a pair of 3-point bombs. Tegtmeier led all scorers with 22 points, while scoring 11 each for the Eagles was Grant Norder and Luke Christensen. Tegtmeier was 8-8 at the free throw line.
The Eagles were 19-41 from the field and 13-17 from the free throw line. Outside the 3-point circle the BDS team connected on 7-14 chances.
The Mustangs were led by Salyer with 12, Morner added 11, while Bailey and Brett Swantek chipped in with nine each.
MCJ was 20-46 from the field, and in the second half they hit 14-23 shots. In the game the Mustangs hit 1-6 from the 3-point arc and 4-7 at the free throw line.
Both teams finished with 13 turnovers.
BDS (13-3).........................................12 10 9 19- 50
McCool Junction (11-3)...................7 9 20 10-46