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Cavemen outgunned in Lyon College Tourney

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

John Battles goes in for a layup against Harding Academy in the Lyon College Tourney. Photo/Mullins [Order this photo]
Harding Academy's Jon Poole scored nine points for his squad in their matchup with Cave City in the first round of the Lyon College/Mark Martin Automotive High School Invitational Tournament Dec. 12 at Becknell Gymnasium.

But it wasn't Poole's point-total that was crucial to the Wildcats' efforts. Rather it was when he scored those points that mattered most.

Poole hit two big shots beyond the arc and added an old-fashioned 3-point play - all in the fourth period - to help Harding Academy knock off the Cavemen 51-46.

Poole's late heroics nullified a game-high 25-point outburst from Cave City's Grant Walling.

Walling had a big third period for the Cavemen by tossing in nine points, giving Cave City a 35-31 lead after three periods of play.

The Wildcats, the defending Class 3A state champs, narrowed the gap to one point early in the fourth before Poole got started.

He hit a trey to tie the game at 38-all, and Brock Henderson sank a layup to give Harding Academy the lead for good at the 3:56 mark.

Ben Landers (four points) hit a 3-ball for Cave City with 1:25 left in the game that eased the Cavemen within three, 46-43.

But Harding Academy managed to make just enough free throws - going five-for-nine - in the last minute of play to hold on for a 51-46 win over Cave City.

Cave City led 9-6 after the first period, with Walling, Cobi Robinson and Jacob Patterson (nine points) all hitting hoops in the first eight minutes of action.

The Wildcats kept hanging around, despite nine points in the second from the red-hot Walling. A bucket in the lane with less than a minute remaining until intermission from Walling gave the Cavemen a 18-16 advantage at the half.

The lead switched sides a couple of times early in the third, before Cave City was able to edge in front 35-31 after three.

But thanks to a big fourth from Poole, along with a few key charity tosses, Harding Academy was able to erase Cave City's lead and post a 51-46 win.

Tristian McSpadden, Garrett Dogett and Hayden Woods finished with two points apiece for Cave City.

Alex Francis led Harding Academy with 12 points, while Hayden Matthews had 11.

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