Keystone 52, Lutheran West 49
By Mark Fenske  |  LutheranWest.com staff
Friday, December 7, 2012

KEYSTONE -- 
At half time, it must have been a pretty frustrated locker room. LW was trailing 30-18, and it was fortunate that the game was that close. They had trailed by as many as 17 late in the second quarter, but finished the half on a 7-2 run to pull within 12. Strangely, they hadn’t played all that bad, but had fallen victim to a strong start by a young but very tall Keystone club who played out of their minds in the first quarter and a half. In the first quarter Keystone put up 19 points, highlighted by a banked free throw, a wild fast-break fade-away bank shot from 12 feet, two passes that were deflected by Lutheran West players that bounced to Keystone players for layups, and a 9-1 foul disparity. 
Further compounding the issues was the fact that four minutes into the game, Longhorn junior point guard Chris Scott left the game with a concussion and would not return. At this point, no timetable for return has been announced.
The Longhorns, however, did not quit.
Instead they roared back and dominated the third quarter, cutting the lead to 33-32 at the end of the period. West caused Keystone to turn the ball over 12 times in the third quarter alone (23 overall compared to LW’s 16). 
The fourth quarter was back and forth. Keystone pushed the lead to six at 43-37 with 1:51 left before LW went on a 7-0 run in the next 1:07 to take the lead on two free throws from senior Dan Hillenbrand with 44.1 left. After the Wildcats took the lead back at 45-44, junior Greg Kunze split a pair of free throws with 4.9 seconds left to tie the game at 45 and send the game to overtime.
The overtime quickly turned into a free throw shooting contest, with Keystone scoring all but two of their points at the line. The Wildcats were only five of ten from the charity stripe in the overtime period, but Lutheran West couldn’t capitalize, mustering only four points in the four minute period. The game ended with a score of 52-49.
For the game Lutheran West was 8 of 12 from the line while Keystone was 10 of 23. Hillenbrand led all scorers with 19 points. He also led LW with nine rebounds. LW shot 19 of 55 from the floor (34%) compared to Keystone’s 19-38 (50%).
Schedule
Date
Opponent
Results
Fri 11/30/12
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Tue 12/4/12
W, 80-19
Fri 12/7/12
L, 52-49
Tue 12/11/12
L, 44-43
Fri 12/14/12
W, 63-59
Tue 12/18/12
W, 66-60
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