CROSS ROADS–The Kerens Bobcats held on to overcome a late-game Cross Roads Bobcat comeback, winning 41-36 to end both teams’ seasons Feb. 14.
Before the game, Cross Roads honored departing seniors Austin Harris, Solomon Brown, Kaden Thomas and Zach Blain. Cross Roads took an early lead on a Harris three-pointer and again led 7-5 with two Riley Brown free throws. A Lane Lynch three-pointer put Kerens up 10-7 entering the second period, which Brown of Cross Roads matched to tie the game again at 10.
The back-and-forth game continued with Muziq Gunnell’s three-pointer, which gave Kerens a 17-14 lead with 1:32 left in the first half. A Kerens technical foul after a personal foul was called on Kerens led to three Cross Roads free throws and a 17-17 tie. Kerens led 19-17 at halftime.
Leland Combs’ jumper with 5:09 left in the third period put Kerens ahead 23-18. Brown sank a Cross Roads three-pointer to tie the game at 25 but Gunnell answered with his own three-pointer, and along with a late Lattimore bucket, Kerens led 30-27 after three periods.
Bub Latham made two Cross Roads free throws to tie the game at 32, then later, a Lynch three-pointer put Kerens back up 37-34. A Bryce Lincoln bucket gave Kerens another lead at 39-36. A hard Cross Roads foul sent Lattimore to the line with 23.3 seconds left in the game, after which he converted both free throws to account for the 41-36 final.
Gunnell led Kerens with 14 points, followed by McAdams with seven points, Lynch and Lattimore with six points apiece, Combs with four points and Lincoln and Aaron Spence with two points each. Brown led Cross Roads with 12 points, followed by Harris with eight points, Clopton and Latham with four points apiece, Thomas with three points, Blain and Colton Robertson with two points each and Brown adding one point.