After giving up an eight-point lead with a little over a minute to play Saturday at Butler County, the Grayson County Cougars got the winning basket from Tanner Tyra with one second left to beat the Bears 55-53 in a hotly-contested 12th District game.
As has been their M.O. in several games this year, the Cougars had the chance to salt the game away in the final minute of play, but could not hit crucial free throws. That allowed the Bears to come back and tie the game 53-53 with eight seconds left.
Grayson County quickly got the ball up the floor to Trey Goff in the right corner. Goff then fed Tyra, who was all alone under the basket, and the senior guard put in the winning bucket to beat the buzzer.
This was a close game from the start. The Bears held their largest lead of the night, six points, in the second period. The Cougars led by as many as eight points in the third quarter.
The Bears scored the first five points of the game on a lay-in by Baylee Anderson and a three-pointer by Will Moore, and Cougar head coach Kelly Carwile called a timeout at the 6:04 mark to settle his team. The Cougars battled back to trail by a single point, 9-8 heading into the second period.
When the Bears opened the second quarter with a Rex Henderson lay-up and an Anderson three, they held their largest lead of the night, 14-8.
Goff answered with a three to cut the lead in half, then Tyra and Goff scored on back-to-back possessions to give the Cougars their first lead of the night, 15-14.
Two bonus free throws by Moore with 46.8 seconds left put the Bears back in front 20-19, but Tyra buried a 10-footer with five seconds left to give the Cougars a one-point advantage, 21-20 at the half.
Trailing 29-25 at the 4:10 mark of the third period, the Cougars went on a 12-0 run that saw them take their largest lead of the night, eight points at 37-29 with 2:38 left in the period.
Anderson broke the Cougar run with a three with 37 seconds remaining, but Conner Schultz hit a 10-footer with five seconds left in the period and the Cougars led by seven points, 39-32 heading into the final period of play.
A short jumper by Moore tied things 41-41 at the 4:56 mark, but Bailey Logsdon answered with an old-fashioned three-point play at 4:09 to put the Cougars back in front.
Moore scored with 3:53 left to make it a one-point game, but the Cougars responded with a Schultz lay-in and back-to-back jumpers from Logsdon to give them a seven point lead, 50-43.
After a Bear free throw made it 50-44, Schultz scored on a lay-in with 1:25 left to give the Cougars a seemingly insurmountable eight point lead, 52-44.
But leading by six points, 53-47, Logsdon missed the front end of a bonus opportunity with 31 seconds left, and Henderson buried a three to cut the lead to three points, 53-50 with 24 seconds left.
Schultz then went to the line in the bonus with 20 seconds left, but missed the front end as well. That allowed Anderson to hit another three with 10 seconds remaining to tie the score 53-53 as the home crowd went wild.
The Cougars called a timeout with 8.1 seconds left and worked the final play to perfection to win the game.
Anderson led all scorers in the game with 19 points, while Henderson added 13.
Logsdon led the Cougars with 16 points and seven rebounds. Goff finished with 13 points, while Schultz scored 11. Tyra had nine points, while Cole Akridge had six points and seven rebounds
Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext. 2016.