Knights lose heartbreaker to Lions in sub-section
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 1:34 PM
It came done to the final seconds of the game before the winner was decided in the Section 1A East sub-section game between Kingsland and Spring Grove.
Zach Buchholtz goes over a Spring Grove defender for two Kingsland points in the sub-section tourney.
Kingsland’s Zach Buchholtz hit a three-point basket with 2.7 seconds left on the clock to tie the game at 67-67, and presumably send the game into overtime. Spring Grove called a timeout right after the made basket by Buchholtz. After a discussion by the officials to assess the time situation, an additional 0.5 seconds was added to the clock, giving Spring Grove 3.2 seconds for a last second shot, and not 2.7. That extra half-second was exactly what the Lions needed to get the final shot off. The ball went through the basket just when the final buzzer sounded, giving the Lions the win, 70-67.
It was a heartbreaking loss for the No. 5 seeded Knights against the No. 1 seeded Spring Grove Lions.
Buchholtz, in his last game as a Knights basketball player, scored 21 points to lead the scoring. He had 13 in the first half and answered with eight more in the second stanza. Buchholtz made eight of 17 from the field and three of three at the free throw line. He also had six rebounds and two steals in the game.
Zach Bubany hit five three-pointers in the game, some of them from NBA range, and finished the game with 20 points. He added three rebounds, three steals and two assists for his (k)night’s work. Ian Meisner, who had one of his best games as a high-school player, hit eight of 11 shots from the field and finished the game with 16 points. Meisner pulled down a team-high nine rebounds.
Ethan Fenske was perfect from the field in two attempts and put six points in the scorebook. Wyatt Pruter and Matthew Woods each had two points to round out the Kingsland scoring. Jackson Rindels did not score in the game, but added two rebounds, a steal and two assists to the cause. Fenske also had four rebounds and an assist in the game.
Bubany, Rindels, Woods, Fenske and Meisner are all juniors, and presumably will all be back for the 2017-18 season. Pruter and Reid Kruegel, who played sparingly, are sophomores.
As a team, Kingsland shot 42.4 percent from the field, making 25 of 59, and 75.0 percent, nine of 12, at the free throw line. The team made eight of 26, 30.8 percent, from three-point range.
With the loss to Spring Grove, Kingsland finished the season with a 15-13 record. The Knights were 7-11 in Three Rivers Conference play, 14-12 during the regular season and 1-1 in 1A East sub-section games.
Look for a season wrap-up in next week’s edition.