The Alton junior varsity Comets outscored the Koshkonong junior varsity Bluejays 7-0 the last minute of the game to overcome a late deficit and take home first place in the Big Spring Conference Tournament's JV division Feb. 11 at Couch High School.
The game see-sawed back and forth the entire evening, with neither side able to distance itself from the other.
Koshkonong's Dylan Waggoner (five points) dropped in a pair of charity tosses with 1:10 left in the game to give the JV Jays a 40-39 lead.
Mark Smith (nine points) answered for the fourth-seeded JV Comets with a layup with 58 ticks left, pushing Alton in front 41-40.
The next time down court, Koshkonong missed a chance to go on top and the JV Comets controlled the rebound. Kevin Smith (14 points) was fouled and went to the line for a pair of freebies with 37 seconds on the clock. He sank both to edge Alton ahead 43-40.
The big blow for Koshkonong came with 17 seconds left when a turnover gave the ball back to Alton.
And the JV Comets finished the deal with three free throws, one from Mark Smith, the other two by Kevin Smith, to give Alton the tournament title with a 46-40 victory over the third-seeded JV Bluejays.
Koshkonong led 12-10 after the first period, thanks to a fast start from Cody Branstetter and Evan Ball. Branstetter tossed in eight of his 12 points for the JV Jays in the first period, while Ball (13 points) added four in the frame.
The JV Comets pulled ahead 15-14 in the second on a trey by Billy Johannsen (five points) and layup from Randy Gay (five points).
Branstetter gave the lead back to Koshkonong at 16-15 on a hoop with 1:15 left until the half.
The JV Comets had plenty of opportunities to erase this Koshkonong lead, but Alton was shaky from the free throw line, going one-for-five right before the break.
Tyler Blaylock (three points) hit a charity toss right before the buzzer to give the JV Bluejays a 17-16 advantage at intermission.
The going was just as tight in the third period, with the contest tied four times in the stanza.
Locked at 28-all late in the third, Zac Roberts (eight points) hit a pair of free throws to edge Alton on top 30-28 after three.
Koshkonong would come back to grab the lead late in the fourth, but Alton ended the game with a 7-0 run to take top honors in the annual tournament.
Zane Hatten tallied four points for Alton, with Seth Collins adding one point.
Colton Tullos finished with seven points for Koshkonong.