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Heartache continues for Jeff in double-overtime loss
January 17, 2013Lafayette Jefferson High School
As the performances improve and the heroic moments grow more improbable, the disappointment of the losses hit even harder for Lafayette Jeff.
Anderson senior forward Trey Boyd capped a big night with six points in the second overtime as the Indians pulled away for a 77-71 victory over Jeff at Crawley Center.
For the second time in as many nights, the Bronchos (4-9) lost a fourth-quarter lead. Anderson (10-2) won its eighth straight.
“We’ve always built the lead up. Now we just have to finish,” said Jeff senior Peter Ripke, who scored a season-high 18 points. “That’s one of our big keys. We’re going to stress that a lot this week in practice.”
Jeff actually fell one defensive stop short of victory. The Bronchos led 64-62 late in the first overtime when Anderson’s Armon Daniels bounced a shot off the rim. But Jeff could not corral the rebound, and after Indians sophomore Jalin Beard ran it down, he tossed the ball over his right shoulder while turning towards the basket from 12 feet away.
The ball banked off the glass and through to tie the game. Jeff called a timeout with 1.2 seconds left, but Wallace’s halfcourt shot fell short.
“We force the shot we want taken, and then we don’t run down the rebound to win the game, and that was the difference,” Radeker said.
With Anderson leading 62-60 in the final seconds of regulation, Wallace brought the ball up the court, pulled up near the 3-point arc and threw up a buzzer-beater. When it snapped through the net, the Bronchos spilled on to the court in celebration, but the official on top of the play ruled his toe was on the line.
Neither team scored in the first overtime until Wallace drove into the lane and scored the tiebreaker. One night after scoring 24 in a loss at Fishers, the power forward turned point guard finished with 21 points and six rebounds.
“He’s made a lot of big-time plays for us just this weekend alone,” Radeker said.
Anderson head coach Joe Nadaline did not make the trip due to illness. His fill-in, assistant coach Austin Leisure, joked he nearly became nauseous during the back-and-forth drama of the final 16 minutes.
Boyd, however, provided a steady force through the chaos. The 6-foot-5 senior forward posted 28 points and 15 rebounds, and after missing his first three free throw attempts, hit 9 of 10 from the fourth quarter on.
“He was incredible tonight,” Leisure said. “For him to get the ball inside and score, and score with contact, was just huge for us. In the past few games, he’s settled outside a little bit and not been inside, and inside is his bread and butter.”
Lafayette Jeff trailed 32-27 at halftime and 47-44 entering the fourth. But Dylan Buchanan (12 points, nine rebounds) sparked a 13-2 fourth-quarter run that vaulted the Bronchos to a seven-point lead with 4:25 left.
A conventional three-point play by Boyd soon after turned the momentum back to Anderson, and his free throws with 4.6 seconds left in regulation broke a 62-60 and set the stage for Wallace’s heroics.
“We’re not accepting the losses, but at the same time, we’re taking it very positive,” Wallace said. “At the beginning of the season, we weren’t competing with Twin Lakes, we struggled with Benton Central, we lost to Harrison. ... You can go down the line and see how much we’ve improved.”