By Jeff Rhodes
KINGSTON – The Hugo Buffaloes found themselves in a familiar position Thursday night: A close game.
They dropped a few of those during the regular season, but Trey Johnson’s jumper at the overtime buzzer assured them a victory in a 41-39 thriller against Kingston in the Regional Semifinals.
After Kingston tied it at 39 with 12 seconds left, Hugo called a timeout and drew up the final play.
“The main thing was trying to make sure we got the last shot with five seconds or less and we did,” Hugo coach Darnell Shanklin said. “The only thing we wanted to do was make sure that if it came off we had a chance for an offensive rebound and put it back in. If not, it goes into double overtime. They did exactly what I asked.”
Hugo held a four point lead with two minutes left in regulation, but failed to hang onto it, thanks to their inability to hang onto the ball. Turnovers on three consecutive possessions, as well as sloppy passing on their final possession, allowed Kingston to tie the game, and keep Hugo from claiming the victory in regulation.
“We’re fortunate because those turnovers didn’t cost us the ballgame,” Shanklin said. “We had way too many turnovers down the stretch and we have to do a better job.
“It was our main guys on the floor at that time and we had some crucial turnovers. Hopefully we’ll learn from it and do better next time.”
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