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Buzzer beater knocks Eagles out of Regionals

While it wasn’t the shot heard round the world it was a shot that brought the world of the Eagle basketball team to a screeching halt. As the buzzer was sounding in the overtime period of the first round of play at the Regional tournament at Elkins, Eagle basketball players could do nothing but watch as the ball shot by a Cedarville opponent circled round and round the rim and finally fell through the basket to give the Pirates a 66-65 win over the Eagles eliminating them from the Regional tournament and ending basketball for Paris.

Going into the Regional tournament as the number four seed, the Eagles had to face the number one seed Cedarville to open tournament play. Despite being that number four seed, the Eagles played more like a number one seed and gave the Pirates all they wanted for four plus quarters.

Cedarville took a slim lead after the first quarter of play but the Eagles stayed close in the second quarter by matching the Pirates basket for basket to bring the halftime score to 33-31.

The Pirates knocked down a couple three pointers in the third quarter that enabled them to outscore the Eagles 13-11 and take their lead to five going into the final quarter of regular play.

Paris came back in the fourth quarter with some big three pointers of their own to outscore the Pirates by five for a 57-57 tie at the end of regulation.

Missed free throws by the Eagles in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter and in the overtime period left the door open a crack for the Pirates who took advantage and got off a shot at the buzzer that circled round and round the rim before falling through the basket and giving the Pirates the 66-65 win.

Paris 15 16 10 16 8 — 65

Cedarville 17 16 13 11 9 — 66

Paris (10-17): Fitzjurls 21, Nehus 16, Rice 13, Hutson 9, Buchanan 3, Forbis 2, Hatcher 1.

Cedarville (20-8): Cantrell 24, Parson 19, Fincher 8, Hernandez 6, Pittman 4, Miller 3, Simkins 2.

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