Urbana, Mo. (For OzarksSportsZone.com) -- Friday night’s game between the Strafford Indians, and the Skyline Tigers was on the verge of becoming a blowout, with the Tigers trailing by 15 points at the end of the first quarter. The Tigers fought back to take the lead in the fourth period, but the Indians took home the victory 82-67.
Tiger’s junior Drew Flagg hit four 3-pointers in the second quarter to bring his team within four points off the lead with 1:43 left in the half. The Indians then went on a 7-0 run, until the half ended with Skyline guard Colton Wouter sinking a contested mid-range jumper at the buzzer, cutting the lead to 44-35 at the halftime break.
“Flagg can put up points quick,” said Skyline Coach Buck Shockley. “He has done it all year for us.”
Flagg was Skyline's leading scorer with 17. Skyline also got solid contributions from Jordan Edge, and Trey West with 12 points each.
Solid defense in the third period led the way for Skyline to mount their comeback. The Tigers tied the game up 54-54 with 58 seconds to go in the period. With 3.2 seconds left in the period Strafford’s Kyle Foley hit a layup to regain the lead, 56-54. The Tigers held Strafford to 23 percent shooting in the quarter.
The Tigers took their only lead of the game after a Flagg 3pointer to go up 57-56 with six minutes to go in the game. Strafford then went on an 8-0 run, with Foley scoring every point. The Indians would go on to extend the lead to 72-61 after a Jacob Wade layup with 2:10 to go. Strafford would close the game out at the free throw line, going 4-4 in the final 1:30.
Foley was the Indians leading scorer with 31. Wade, and Grant Boswell both added 16.
“He took over for us,” said Strafford coach Mike Wilson. “We have a lot of guys that can score, but they have been looking his way lately, especially in the tight games. He is our leading scorer, and has played well all year.”
Strafford plays again on the 18th against Marionville, and Skyline is back in action on the 17th at Cole Camp.
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