Fort Sumner — Junior Jeremy Gauna scored on a drive with 40 seconds left to put Fort Sumner in front for good as the second-seeded Foxes escaped with a 52-49 win Tuesday in the first-round of the District 3-1A tournament.
The Foxes (18-9) rallied from five points down in the final 3 1/2 minutes to escape Elida’s upset bid.
The Tigers (11-13) turned the ball twice in the final 30 seconds and the Foxes converted 2 of 4 free throws to seal the win.
“We played phenomenal,” Elida coach Darrell Chenault said of his mostly freshman-sophomore squad. “I’m very proud of them.”
Gauna, Fort Sumner’s leading scorer, was held to nine points, primarily by the defensive work of Elida senior Dylan Radcliff. “Dylan just played really well on him,” Chenault said.
Fort Sumner senior post Tim Segura topped all scorers with.
Radcliff led the Tigers with 12 point and freshman Wesley Gilmore added 11.
Floyd survives in OT
FLOYD — Floyd needed some late heroics to erase a six-point deficit in the final minute of regulation before pulling out a 55-50 win in OT against Dora.
Junior guard Jerrod Long scored 19 of Floyd’s first 24 points and finished with 30, but the Broncos (16-11) found themselves down 45-39 when Dora’s Tyler Wilhoit was called for a charging foul with 1:21 left.
Floyd’s Brad Lee scored six of his eight points in the OT, and the Coyotes (7-20) were limited to four free throws.
“They match up well with us,” Floyd coach Jeff Gillespie said. “Everybody matches up with us. I guess we’re just an easy match-up.”
Tyler Wilhoit scored 17 points for the Coyotes, and junior Brent Hays finished with 10.