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Horns push past Maynard

Thursday, October 30, 2008

UP FOR GRABS: Marlin Coggins fights for a rebound in Viola's season-opening win over the Maynard Tigers. Photo/Mullins
It took nearly all the energy and effort they could muster, but the Viola Longhorns managed to push past the Maynard Tigers 43-40 Oct. 21 in the 2008 Melbourne Classic.

And this one came down to the wire.

The Horns held a slim one-point lead, 34-33, after three periods of play.

The Tigers locked the game at 40-all with two-and-a-half minutes left and neither team would score again until there was 45 ticks left to play.

That's when Ethan Houghtaling (six points) broke free for a backdoor layup that gave Viola a 42-40 lead.

Maynard had a chance to square things, but the Tigers missed the front end of a one-and-one with 33 seconds showing on the clock and the Longhorns snared the rebound.

The Tigers had only four team fouls at that point in the game and had to waste precious seconds fouling the Horns three more times to get Viola in the bonus.

And with six seconds left, Viola was in the bonus and Jackson Rains (15 points) hit the front end of a one-and-one to give his team a 43-40 advantage.

Needing a 3-pointer to send the game into overtime, Maynard couldn't get a long shot off and Viola survived, winning 43-40.

The Horns grabbed control of the game midway through the first, getting a pair of triples from Dillion Holstine and Raines, along with a layup by Jordan Cotter (four points) for an 8-zip run and 11-6 lead.

Maynard chipped away and only trailed 13-11 after one.

The Tigers scored the first five points of the second to climb in front 16-13 and Maynard managed to hold onto this lead, 25-19, at the half.

Although the Longhorns hit Maynard with a 6-0 run to start the third, the contest was a see-saw battle down the stretch in the frame with eight lead changes.

Blake Baumunk (five points) and Marlin Coggins (eight points) tossed in the last two hoops of the third for the Longhorns, helping Viola to a 34-33 lead heading into the final period of play.

Then things dried up a bit for Maynard in the fourth. The Tigers posted just two field goals and missed the front end of a huge one-and-one late in the game, as the Longhorns held on for a hard-fought three-point victory.

The Lady Longhorns were also winners over Maynard in the Melbourne Classic Oct. 21.

Leading by five after three periods of play, Viola used a 20-7 run in the fourth to post a 53-36 victory over the Lady Tigers.

Taylor Griggs tossed in 13 points to lead the Lady Horns, while Chasidy Hutson added 12. Leslie Barker and Kristen Montgomery finished with 10 points apiece for Viola.

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