Goldbugs edged 64-61 by rival Longhorns

 

December 1, 2023



Most of the Alva Goldbug basketball team was focused on football last week. After losing in playoffs on Friday, new coach JB Kimberlin had two days to help the players gears to basketball. Following two days of practice sessions, on Tuesday the Goldbugs traveled to take on longtime rivals the Chisholm Longhorns. It was a barnburner of a game with plenty of physical contact and fouls on both sides. In the end, the Longhorns edged out the Goldbugs 64-61.

The Goldbugs started off with three three-point shots from Daylon Malone, Kash Shipley and Aiden Ruiz. The 9-0 lead was the biggest margin in the game. The Longhorns went on a scoring run to lead 12-10. Jantz Heaton tied the score at 12, and Cambell Gaisford added two free throws to put Alva up 14-12. The quarter ended with one point from the free throw line by Chisholm. Alva led 14-13 at the end of the first period.

Chisholm built a four-point lead in the second quarter, but the Goldbugs answered with four straight baskets, two from Malone and two from Shipley, to take the lead at 22-18. Chisholm cut the Alva lead to two, but Malone sank a trey to give the Goldbugs a 25-20 lead. Two straight triples gave the Longhorns a one-point edge, but Alva answered with a basket from Ruiz and two free throws by Shipley. Another three-pointer by Chisholm tied the score. Alva added a Shipley free throw and another Ruiz basket, but the Longhorns had a late trey to tie. At halftime, the score was tied at 32.

The third quarter was more nail-biting action as the lead shifted back and forth. Malone committed a fourth foul and went to the bench. There was confusion and discussion among officials and coaches at one point. Kyler Martin went to the free throw line because it was thought Chisholm hit the five-foul total in the quarter. That would have given Martin two foul shots. But after much discussion, it was decided Chisholm had only four, and Martin’s first shot didn’t count. Then Gaisford had to sit out with four fouls. Two Chisholm players accumulated four fouls, and Shipley followed with four as the quarter ended. At the end of three quarters, Chisholm held a one-point lead, 49-48.

Going into the final period, Gaisford fouled out. Later in the quarter, Shipley and Chisholm’s Cooper Westfahl also hit the limit on fouls. The lead continued to cycle back and forth. The Longhorns led 60-57 as time was running out. Martin scored an Alva basket, but Camden Daniels scored for Chisholm. Ruiz hit a basket to put Alva within one point 62-61. Then Chisholm added two free throws in the final seconds for a 64-61 lead. Malone attempted a three-point shot but was fouled. He went to the line with a chance to tie the game but missed all three shots. The Longhorns won 64-61.

Malone led the Goldbugs in scoring with 20 points followed by Ruiz with 14 and Shipley with 12. Gaisford and Heaton had four each while Kellan Penco had three. Martin and Trace Hamilton had two points each.

The Longhorns were led by Aiden Bird with 17 while Daniels had 13. Langley Amon scored 11 points while Westfahl had ten. Rounding out the scoring were Gage Smith with seven, Noah Jackson with four and Alan Weber with two.

The Goldbugs travel to Newkirk tonight, Dec. 1, to take on the Tigers after the Ladybug game. The Alva teams will be at home next Tuesday as they host Blackwell with tipoff at 6:30 p.m. for the girls’ game. The Alva NWOSU Shootout begins on Dec. 7.

 

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