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Boys basketball: South Central’s Collin Froedge tops O-D with buzzer-beating 3

Updated: April 6, 2014 6:40AM



CULVER — Collin Froedge knew time was running out.

“I caught the ball,” Froedge said, “and I thought I just had to shoot it up.”

He did. And it went in.

Froedge made a 3-pointer with 0.3 seconds remaining to lift South Central to a 31-29 victory against Oregon-Davis in a Class 1A Culver Community Sectional opening-round game Tuesday.

“I still don’t know what happened,” Froedge said. “It’s just crazy.”

With Froedge’s basket, and 17 points by Mark Richards, South Central advances to face Argos in a semifinal on Friday. Triton and Culver Community meet in the other semifinal. The Cavaliers defeated LaCrosse 64-31 in Tuesday’s first game.

“When we make our adjustments, our boys have to comprehend what we are trying to do and execute. And that just comes with age,” LaCrosse coach Scot Spoljaric said. “… The biggest thing our guys have to learn from this is how to adapt.”

The Tigers trailed 13-10 at the end of the first quarter.

Bryce Guse made a jumper to start the second quarter to get LaCrosse within one.

It was all Culver after that. The Cavaliers (14-8) scored the next 11 points. Trent Elliott scored seven points during the stretch.

Culver went to halftime with a 32-17 lead and never looked back.

Elliott finished with 28 points. Guse led LaCrosse (3-17) with 18 points.

“You have to build off that first quarter and show it as an example from here on out,” Spoljaric said.

The second contest was close throughout. South Central (5-15) trailed 29-25 with less than a minute to go when Froedge was fouled while attempting a 3-point shot. He made all three, cutting the deficit to one point.

Oregon-Davis (6-15) missed the front end of one-and-one foul shots twice, giving South Central a final chance. And Froedge delivered.

“We’ve been in too many close games, especially recently, that there was no doubt in my mind we were coming out with that one,” South Central coach Eric Branz said. “That’s the maturity that we’ve shown. The last week, we struggled late in a couple of games, but there was absolutely no doubt in mind we were going to pull that one out.”



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