Heartbreaking Shot Ends Tigers' Season

By: Jer Bates Email
By: Jer Bates Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo - The Grand Junction Tigers were league champions. They were the higher seed. They were at home. They were four points short.

The #5 seed Overland Trailblazers beat the #4 seed Tigers 71-68 Saturday in the second round of the 5A boys basketball state playoffs.

The fact that the Tigers lost may have not been a shock, but the way they lost was. Grand Junction led 42-40 at halftime. They extended the lead to 11 points with a 58-47 after three quarters.

But Overland scored back to back layups late in the fourth to take a 68-67 lead. Geoff Baldwin (who finished with 18 points) made a free throw to tie the game at 68.

Overland went into a stall offense with just under a minute to play. They managed to run down the clock to under five seconds when Aaron Marshall took what appeared to be a poor shot. Standing with his back to the basket beyond the three-point line Marshall turned and heaved the ball from directly in front of the Overland bench. The shot went in and the air in the gymnasium deflated as the Overland players and coaches stormed the floor.

Overland will now face #1 seed Fairview.

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