Despite a gut-wrenching one-point loss Tuesday night at Lee’s Summit High School, Truman coach Billy Guinnee and his never-say-die Patriots walked off the court following the Tigers’ 69-68 victory with their heads held high.
“The guys showed me a lot tonight,” said Guinnee, whose Patriots trimmed a seven-point deficit to just three in the closing seconds of the game. “We had the ball with 4.2 seconds left and managed to get off a shot.
“The way Lee’s Summit shot in the first half (75 percent from the 3-point line), we were fortunate that Lane Titus played the way he did or we might have trailed by 20 points.”
Titus scored 23 of his game-high and career-best 31 points in the first half as the Patriots went into the locker room trailing 39-33.
“We battled all the way,” Titus said. “They shot lights out the first half and we managed to come back and make a game out of it. I’m proud of the way we played. I wish we’d have won, but I’m still proud.”
Sophomore guard Dwayne Thornton turned into a one-man Tiger wrecking crew in the final minute of the game as he came up with a big steal, hit a layup and was fouled. He made the free throw to cut the deficit to 68-66 with 13 seconds left.
Drew Lock, who was 4-for-4 from the 3-point line in the first half, was then fouled and hit one of two free throws to make it a 69-66 game with 11.9 seconds left.
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