GREAT BEND, Kan. The Great Bend boys found themselves in prime position for a second win of the season in Friday’s 2019 opener against Garden City. But the Buffs have one loss for a reason. Garden City senior Jarrod Springston knocked down a pair of free throws with six seconds remaining to give the Buffs a 39-38 win.
The Panthers trailed 21-15 at the half but built a 38-32 lead early in the fourth quarter thanks to five-straight points from junior Alex Schremmer. Garden City began chipping away with a basket and foul from Jackson Dirks. A pair of offensive boards ultimately led to two free throws from Kyler Lamb and a 38-37 score with 1:39 to play.
Great Bend had a chance to seal the win at the free throw line but a miss with 16 ticks left led to Springston’s foul underneath the basket on the other end. He stepped to the line and swished both shots to give the Buffaloes the lead.
The Panthers again had a chance to tie the game or take the lead with 2.1 seconds remaining but another miss secured the win for Garden City.
Springston led all players with 10 points. The senior Lamb added eight points and seven boards, and Carlos Acosta and Devon McKee each scored seven points. Trent Stueder paced Great Bend with nine points, and Schremmer and Dalton Miller each added eight points.