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Maroons stifle Goldbugs playoff hopes 43-42


Coming off a lopsided win against Sperry Monday night, the Alva Goldbugs traveled back to Perry on Tuesday afternoon to take on the Perry Maroons in the consolation final of regionals.

The Goldbugs trailed throughout the confrontation until the final quarter. Despite nine points from Kyler Penco and eight from Daylon Malone in the fourth quarter, the Maroons edged out the Goldbugs in the last seconds to win 43-42. The loss ends the Goldbugs’ playoff run while the Perry Maroons advanced to the area games.

In the first quarter, the Maroons gained a 12-7 advantage over Alva. Bryson Cash led the charge by the Maroons with eight points. The Goldbugs managed only seven points with a basket and two free throws from Penco while Jackson Feely added a basket and Braden Hofen a free throw.

In the second quarter, Perry doubled Alva’s scoring effort to lead 22-12 at the halftime break. Feely and Hofen were the only Goldbugs to make it to the basket while Chuck Shelite added a free throw.

The Goldbugs staged a comeback in the third quarter with 11 points to eight for the Maroons. Penco again led Alva with a three-pointer and three free throws. Hofen added a basket and a free throw while Feely made two from the charity stripe. The Maroon lead was cut to 30-23 at the end of the third quarter.

In the final period, the Goldbugs gradually edged up on the Maroons, scoring 19 points to 13 for Perry. It looked like the game would go into overtime with seconds left and the teams tied at 42. However, a last second foul put a Perry player on the stripe to score a final point and give the Maroons the win. Perry took the consolation trophy and the pass to the area playoffs.

Leading the scoring for Alva was Penco with 21 points followed by Malone with eight. Feely and Hofen had six points each while Shelite had one.

The Maroons were led by Cash with 18 points while Dylan Hight had 11. Caden Hall made eight points, Hayden Garfield four and Kade Webb two.

The Goldbugs end their season although some of the team will suit up again for the 89er All Conference Game on March 7 in Perry.


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