Owen Duff drilled a 3-pointer with 3.4 seconds left in Carroll’s 50-49 win over Lewis Cass in a season opening game in Flora on Tuesday night.
Lewis Cass drew up a last-ditch effort to try to go fullcourt and get a solid look. The Kings had a shot fall short right at the basket and ended up with a loss to open the season.
The Kings led the majority of the game. They led 14-8 after one, 27-23 at halftime and 41-34 after three. But the Cougars outscored them 16-8 in the fourth.
It was a competitive game that saw the Kings use their size and strength inside with Luke Chambers scoring 18 points and shooting a solid 8 for 10 from the free throw line. Tyson Good finished with 13 points, Tristin Miller scored nine and LJ Hillis and Robert Fitch both scored four.
The Kings won the rebounding battle and made more free throws than Carroll attempted (13 for 19 compared to 9 for 10 for Carroll) but winning these notable statistics didn’t deliver victory. Lewis Cass had untimely turnovers and ill-advised shots late that led to a late fourth-quarter collapse.
Duff and Jake Skinner finished with 17 points apiece for the Cougars and Chris Huerta had 10.
Cass hosts Southwood on Saturday night. Carroll visits Tri-County next Tuesday.
LAKELAND CHRISTIAN 60, CASTON 56
It was a tale of two halves in Caston’s season opening loss at Lakeland Christian Academy.
The Comets led 15-14 after one and 37-22 at halftime. Lakeland Christian got to within 44-36 after three and outscored Caston 24-12 in the fourth.
“We came out on the attack on both ends of the floor and built a lead in the first half,” Caston coach Carl Davis said. “In the second half they were the aggressor and hit some shots that got them going. We got some great looks that didn’t fall. We made some poor decisions and did not execute the way we needed to down the stretch. A credit to them for their ability to hit shots and make winning plays.
“This is a great opportunity for us to learn and grow. We have plenty on film to work on moving forward.”
Joey Spin led the Comets with 14 points. Kade Zeider scored 12 and Bryce Rudicel had 11. Sam Smith had eight, Jake Paschen had six and Cain Schanlaub added four.
Seth Martin had 22 points to lead the Cougars. Hunter Rice added 16.
TWIN LAKES 49, WINAMAC 41
Winamac had a much-improved showing against Twin Lakes in a season opening game in Winamac.
The Warriors lost by 30 to the Indians on Feb. 22 of last season but were competitive throughout on Tuesday. They trailed 13-12 after one, 32-21 at halftime and 40-34 after three.
Russell Compton had 12 points for Winamac. Ryan Gregor scored 10. Alex Stark and John Malchow had six apiece. Beau Brandt added five.
Caden Harker had 15 points to lead Twin Lakes, which graduated four seniors from last year’s 21-5, Class 3A sectional championship team. Cooper Pell scored 10 and Clayton Bridwell and Ty Gillum added eight apiece.
ROCHESTER 47, CASS 15
The Kings’ shooting woes continued as they shot just 5 of 35 from the floor in a loss to the visiting Zebras.
Kendal Johnson led Cass (2-4) with seven points.
Riley Holloway and Sydney Haughs had 11 points each to lead Rochester (4-3).