Hundred Upsets Bishops, 87-84
The Hundred Hornets’ Dalton Kuhn nailed a basket from beyond the arc at the buzzer to put the exclamation point on a wild finish in the Hornet’s Nest Jan. 19 to beat Bishop Donahue 87-84.
The game was nip-and-tuck throughout the first period and everyone in the packed Hundred gym seemed to sense that something good was going to happen. Bishop would take a two-point lead after one period of play at 20-18 and would extend the advantage to seven points at the break.
Donahue tallied two more points in the third period to take a nine-point advantage, setting up the wild finish.
Down nine to start the fourth, Hundred Head Coach Justin Balwanz accumulated all his time outs to conserve as many as possible going into the home stretch. Both teams combined for 58 points in the final eight minutes, with Hundred the beneficiary of 35 of them.
The Hornets were down five points with 9.8 seconds remaining in regulation when Logan McDiffitt hauled in a missed Bishop shot and was fouled. He sank the first free throw and Balwanz called his last time out to set strategy. With his cagers down two possessions, McDiffitt needed to miss the next attempt and set up a play to get to within a bucket. And that is what happened.
After McDiffitt’s missed second free throw, the Hornets loaded one side of the lane and had the ball tipped to Zach “Sunshine” Phillips behind the arc, who calmly swished the cords to pull them to within a bucket with about five seconds remaining.
McDiffitt got the ball and was fouled with one second remaining and knotted the game with two successful free throws.
With Hundred in a full-court press, Bishop made another mental mistake and threw the ball all the way down the floor, where there was no Donahue player present. With one tick on the clock, Emery Smith inbounded the ball to
Kuhn, who swished in his fourth threeball of the game to win it for Hundred.
Smith tallied a game-high 23 points to lead the way for the Hornets, while Kuhn nailed 20, including four three pointers and the game winner. Phillips had his best offensive outing of the season, with 19 points, including a three-pointer.
Four other players penciled their names into the scorebook for the Hornets, including McDiffitt with 14 points that included 8-11 from the charity stripe. Tyrell Watson added eight points, while Mitch Moore and Brady Koontz added a basket and free throw, respectively.