Lexington Halts Hempstead in OT
The Lexington Eagles basketball team beat Hempstead 50-44 in Bi-District action Wednesday night at Bryan High School. The win continues the resurgence in Lexington basketball under Coach Charlie Tucker. Tucker’s troops are now 19-13 for the season.
Lexington needed a little extra time to dispose of the pesky Bobcats. Hempstead only led twice in the game. Once at 15-14 and again at 41-39, the rest of the game Lexington was in the lead or it was tied. Neither team ever had a lead of more than eight points, that was by Lexington in the first minutes of the game. The Eagles jumped out to an 8-0 lead before Hempstead scored. At the end of the first quarter Hempstead had battled back to make the score 11- 10 Lexington.
Kelden Wren hit a three to start the second period scoring and give Lexington a 14-10 lead. Hempstead battled back to take the lead at 15-14 with 4:29 to go in the first half. Lexington got three more points in the half, while limiting Hempstead to a free throw to take a 17-16 lead into the locker room at the break.
The third period was more dominating defense by each team. Lexington was able to garner nine points and limit Hempstead to six in the stanza. Lexington played most of the quarter without Julien Clark who was in foul trouble.
The fourth period saw a lot of scoring by both teams. Hempstead started to solve the Eagle defense and scored 19 points in the fourth quarter and Lexington put up 15. The four-point differential was enough to overcome the Eagle lead and force overtime. With Hempstead in the lead, Julien Clark stepped to the foul line and dropped two free throws to tie the game with 6.11 seconds left.
Lexington started the scoring in overtime as Phillip Hagen saved a ball to Kelden Wren, who promptly made a two for the Eagles. The next trip down the court Hagen sank a trey for a 46-41 lead. Hempstead went to their big post for a shot against three Eagle defenders. He was fouled and made the free throw to narrow the game to 46-44. Hagen got fouled and made a free throw to extend the lead to 47-44. Tevin Lovings then put the game out of reach with two charity tosses with 9.58 seconds left. Hagen was then intentionally fouled. He made one free toss and the Eagles got the ball back. An inbounds pass and the remaining time ticked off the clock making the Eagles Bi-District Champs!!!!!!!!
|Lexington 50 Hempstead 44|
Lex-Blok 2, Hagen 5, Wren 8, Ward 5, Lovings 2, Washington 10, Crumb 2, Clark 16