Shelbyville Daily Union

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December 21, 2013

Devils Defend Hatchet

SHELBYVILLE, IL. —

Brandon Helmuth stepped across the midcourt line and drained a half-court shot at the buzzer, but Stew-Stras was still two points shy, as Windsor held on to their Homecoming Hatchet by the skin of their teeth on Friday, 49-47.
Tristan Warner's two free throws kept the second straight Homecoming Hatchet game from going into overtime.
Windsor came back from five points down and took a 1-point lead when Alex Allen grabbed a missed free throw and put it back up with 1:30 to play, 45-44 Windsor. Inside 40 seconds left Warner drove and made a basket for a 47-44 lead.
Stew-Stras' Jason Fry came down and just before he buried a possible game-tying 3 with 25 seconds left, Comet Coach Shane Smith called a time-out. The basket was waved off.
Windsor played stiff defense and with 10 seconds left another Comet 3 attempt missed the mark and went out of bounds. Windsor had the ball at the end line with 9.6 seconds left.
Down by three, Stew-Stras had to steal or foul, but they only had four team fouls. They fouled on the inbound. On the next inbound, they knocked the ball out. With 7.2 seconds Allen was fouled. On the inbound, Warner drove and was fouled, putting the Devils in the bonus, finally.
Warner made the all important front end, putting Windsor up by four, 48-44. He made the second, 49-44. Fry took the ball out and heaved it to Helmuth, who crossed mid-court and hit the buzzer beater, to no avail.
The tempo of this game was different from the Stew-Stras Homecoming Hatchet game to start the season. That game had a frenetic pace and ended in overtime, as the Comets prevailed by attrition.
The Devils controlled the more tempered tempo and took a lead in the 1st period that would last into the 3rd.

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