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Exciting A team basketball ruled the day between Lake Belton and South Belton

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Lots of scoring. Momentum changes. The erasing of a 20-point lead. A game-winning free-throw conversion with 6.1 seconds remaining.

How can you not be excited about middle school basketball?

In a ballgame that was thought to be a foregone conclusion after the first 14 minutes, South Belton 8A led the game 29-9 at halftime.

But an encouraging halftime speech by LBMS 8A coach Ryan Neece and 17 second-half points by Hunter Teplansky, including the game-winning free throw by Teplansky, shocked SBMS 52-51 at South Belton Middle School on Thursday night.

The shots were falling for South early, as Cooper Babcock poured in all 15 of his points in the first half. SBMS led 14-5 at the end of the first quarter and 29-9 at halftime.

After Neece’s conference with his team in the corner of the South Belton Gymnasium, Teplansky and the Lake Belton Tigers went to work. Teplansky scored seven points, Anthony Contreras chipped in six points and Benjamin Jones added five points in a 23-13 rally to cut the deficit in half, with South maintaining a 10-point advantage.

Teplansky’s game in the paint was on point in the fourth quarter, as he bodied up on South Belton defenders and drew fouls. Lake caught up to South and took the lead, 48-47, with two minutes to play.

South took a 51-49 lead before Teplansky’s field goal with 20 seconds to go and subsequent game-winning free-throw on the front end of a two-shot set gave Lake the lead. Teplansky’s second free-throw hit off the back of the iron. Both teams scrambled for the rebound. Teplansky tried to put the shot back and was able to drain the game clock.

Jamerion Duncan had 14 points for Lake, seven in each half.

In the 7th grade A game, South and Lake played a tight ballgame throughout. In the end, Lake won on the road at South Belton 31-27.

The teams scratched for baskets early, with South grabbing a 6-2 advantage after the first quarter.

Balanced scoring up and down the LBMS lineup led to an 11-3 advantage in the quarter. Lake led 13-9 at the halftime break.

In the third quarter, Lake had four different scorers and took at 21-14 into the final quarter.

South put together a rally in the fourth quarter, outscoring Lake 13-10. But they couldn’t catch LBMS, with Lake winning the game by four points.

Mitchell Magana led all scorers with nine points for South Belton.

Javier Luna led Lake with six points.


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