Phillipsburg comes from behind to edge out Russell

The Phillipsburg Panthers celebrate their come from behind victory.  The Phillipsburg defeated...
The Phillipsburg Panthers celebrate their come from behind victory. The Phillipsburg defeated the Russell Broncos 41-40 to win the 2021 Amos Morris Classic Boys Championship held at Amos Morris Court in Russell, Kansas on December 11, 2021. (Photo: Joey Bahr, Bahr | (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.)
Published: Dec. 13, 2021 at 6:37 PM CST
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RUSSELL, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - The Phillipsburg Panthers came from behind in the final seconds 41-40 over the Russell Broncos to secure the Boys Championship of the 2021 Amos Morris Classic.

The game started with a back and forth quarter with Phillipsburg taking an 11-7 lead at the end.

Russell came on very strong in the second quarter.  They scored 21 points while holding the Panthers to just five points.  Jackson Cross scored 13 of his 16 points in the quarter. Russell went into halftime with a 28 to 16 lead.

Phillipsburg began to eat into the lead in the third quarter.  By the end of the third frame, the Panthers trailed 37-29.

Russell could not score in the fourth quarter only managing three points with 1:10 to go in the game.  Phillipsburg had three fouls to give before getting into the bonus.  They used those fouls to keep the Broncos off the board.

With 16.4 seconds left, Phillipsburg trailed by only one point.  After a missed free-throw by Jordan Buhrle, the ball made its way down the court and landed in Rad Rodriquez’s hands.  “I didn’t even think, I just put it up,” said Rodriquez.  His shot went in and put his team up one as the buzzer sounded.

The referees quickly signaled that Russell had called for a timeout and put 2.1 seconds back on the clock.

When the ball was inbounded, Jackson Cross attempted a three-quarter court shot, but it missed the mark.

”Our younger guards grew up in the second half and we started making some plays,” said Phillipsburg head coach Keith Sides.  “This was our third close game, as long as you win them, it’s good.”

Joel Ford led Phillipsburg in scoring with 11 points. Jackson Cross of Russell led all scorers with 16 points.

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