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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Late surge lifts Heritage past Seneca boys

  • Despite leading the entire way, the Seneca varsity basketball team couldn’t hold on late as Rogers Heritage slipped past them 62-59 at the Carthage Tournament on Wednesday at Carthage High School.
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  • Despite leading the entire way, the Seneca varsity basketball team couldn’t hold on late as Rogers Heritage slipped past them 62-59 at the Carthage Tournament on Wednesday at Carthage High School.
    The remainder of the tournament was postponed this week, but the Indians will still play for third place against Joplin when the tournament resumes play at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21 at CHS.
    After Heritage took an early 2-0 lead, it wouldn’t lead again until less than a minute remained in the game. The Indians led 31-29 at halftime, and extended it to 46-40 to start the fourth quarter.
    Seneca later led by eight points with 4 minutes remaining, but Heritage would soon begin to make its final push. With the Indians still leading by two with about a minute to go in regulation, Heritage made the front end of two free throws to cut the deficit in half. The second shot, which missed, went out of bounds off an Indians player, giving Heritage the ball back under its own net with seconds remaining. Heritage would quickly take the lead after scoring off the inbounds pass and held on for the victory.
    Already facing a short bench, the Indians watched as two players fouled out late to further thin the bench and Heritage pounced on the opportunity.
    “Depth is kind of an issue for us, one we’re working on to improve right now,” Indians coach Will King said. “That really hurt us, and just some other little things down the stretch. We missed some free throws they converted on the other end, and we had too many penalties.”
    Connor Hirsh led Heritage with 21 points, while Chris Olsen had 14, Marcus Breedlove 11, Wyatt Kinnamon eight, Makenzie Sams and Julian Jansen three and Dane Olsen two.
    Tyrell Hembree paced the Indians with 19 points, while Chance Smith added 15, Seth Harris 14, Bradley Jumper six, Elias Roelfsema three and Isaac Gayer two.
    The Indians host Diamond at the Seneca Tournament at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Seneca High School.

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