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Pirates: Team comes up just short in NSC battle with Slinger PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 27 December 2017 18:17


They didn’t steal Christmas, but Slinger’s boys’ basketball team played the Grinch on Dec. 19 in Port Washington.
The Owls stole a victory from the Pirates by forcing a turnover and hitting a buzzer-beater.
Port Washington dropped a holiday heartbreaker in its final game before Christmas, 50-47.
Slinger guard Tyler Evans hit a three-pointer as time expired to send Slinger’s bench into bedlam and the Owls home with a victory.
The winning score came aftera  stellar Pirates’ defense forced a turnover.
PORT BASKETBALL COACHES SWEATERS color 12 28 17With the game tied, 47-47, Zach Uselding drove and missed a jumper.  Slinger grabbed a defensive rebound with 10.1 seconds left and called timeout.
The Owls came out to inbound the ball, and Port followed with its own timeout.
When play resumed, Slinger got the ball in bounds and Pirate Jake Lippe got in the face of the ball handler, forcing an errant air ball that got nowhere near the basket.
A Pirate grabbed the ball out of the air. Port called timeout with 1.9 seconds left. Officials quickly determined to give back half a second and move the clock back to 2.4 seconds, a move that seemingly would work in Port’s favor.
The Pirates had to travel the length of the court. All-conference quarterback Adam Baierl was to make the throw.
Baierl fired a pass, but the ball got tipped near mid-court and bounced around like a hot potato. Nobody could corral the ball until Evans found it in his hands near the three-point line.
He instantly fired up an uncontested shot that went through the hoop as the buzzer rang. The extra half second put back on the clock ended up working against Port.
The Pirates left the court in disgust and disbelief. The Owls left in fortunate triumph.

The shot spoiled an intense defensive effort from the Pirates, led by Lippe.
The junior got into passing lanes and regularly applied pressure to the Owls.
Down, 24-21, at halftime, Noah Mueller hit a shot inside to close the gap to one in the first 30 seconds of the second half. Lippe followed with a steal in the back court and a layup to give the Pirates a 25-24 lead.
They held a one or three-point margin until Sam Fritsch made an inside shot for his only basket that extended the lead to 37-32 with 11:47 to play.
The lead ranged from one to five points until Slinger tied the game, 41-41, with 7:46 to play.
The teams tied three more times before the game was decided.
Down, 47-45, Port’s Evan Lilly drove the lane and dished to Devon Edwards inside for his only bucket that leveled the score at 47-47 with 1:32 to play.
Lippe’s defensive spark led to points at the offensive end. He hit two straight short jumpers from the left side in the second half, and then used his speed to drive the lane and hit a shot that gave Port at 41-36 lead with 8 minutes, 41 seconds to play.
Lippe scored a team-high 12 points. Lilly scored 11, and Baierl had nine.
Evans led Slinger with 20 points. Post player Sam Dodge had 12, mostly inside. Danny Breuer had nine.
Port is 3-5 overall and 1-4 in the North Shore Conference. Slinger is 4-5 overall and 2-4 in the NSC.
Port was to play Greendale at Concordia University Wisconsin on Tuesday and plays at NSC foe West Bend East on Jan. 6.

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