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Kuna scores winning basket with 1.5 seconds left in regulation
Kuna’s 6-foot-5 freshman post Tyler Dubowsky scored on a rebound in the center of the key with 1.5 seconds left to lift the Kavemen to a 52-51 victory over Baker in a non-league boys basketball game Friday at BHS.
Baker’s Dekker Smith grabbed a rebound over the arms of Kuna’s Tyler Dubowsky Friday. (Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
“The ball just didn’t bounce our way,” said Baker coach Craig Woods. “The kid made the rebound and made the shot.”
Baker had a chance for the winning basket with 1 second left, but Walker Kaseberg’s desperation toss from three-quarters court was off the mark.
The game should never have been that close. Baker outscored the Kavemen from the field, but shot just 10-of-18 from the free throw line.
“Free throws. That was the difference in the game,” said Woods.
Baker is shooting in the mid-50-percent range from the line for the season — a figure Woods is not happy with.
“It’s got to change, or we’re going to be in trouble in close games,” he said.
After Dubowsky’s basket, Baker called a timeout. But, Woods said, the Bulldogs hadn’t faced this type of situation yet this season.
“We really didn’t have a set play for the end of the game,” he said. “I’ll take the blame for that. I did not prepare the kids for that kind of close game. But it was a good learning experience. Like we’ve said before this preseason, this one game is not going to win or lose a championship.”
Neither team could pull away in the game. The largest lead for either team was five points.
Derek Blankenship led Baker with 14 points. Kennan Richards added 13.
Kuna 15 15 8 14 — 52
Baker 12 17 10 12 — 51
Baker (51) — Kaseberg 1 1-2 3, Brown 2 0-0 4, Richards 6 1-2 13, Adams, Gorrell, Smith 2 1-2 5, Thatcher 2 1-3 5, Richardson 1 2-3 5, Quintana 1 0-0 2, Blankenship 4 4-6 14. Totals 19 10-18 51.
Three-point goals — Hathhorn 3, Andrus 2, Sigman, Richardson, Blankenship 2. Fouled out — Sigman. Total fouls — Kuna 20, Baker 21. Technicals — none.