Last-second bucket lifts Valley over Kittanning
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Kittanning only trailed for a moment after halftime, but it was the moment that mattered most.
Valley junior Caleb Davis hit a 15-foot pull-up jumper as time expired to give the Vikings a comeback 53-51 win over Kittanning in a Section 1-AAA game Friday night in New Kensington.
Davis' winning shot capped a 7-0 run to end the game by Valley (4-2, 1-2), which got its first section win and sent Kittanning (3-5, 1-2) to its third straight loss.
“Really, we just wanted to concentrate on getting the ball inbounds,” Davis said.
“That's a shot I've been working on all summer. I wanted the ball in that situation, and I felt if I could get the shot up, it would go in.”
Davis made the shot on a play that began with 5.2 seconds remaining. He drove from the right side and pulled up with a pair of Kittanning defenders in front of him. The Wildcats defended the play well, but it was the moments leading up to the final play that disappointed Kittanning's coaches.
“When we have a lead like that, we have to make good decisions with the ball. We didn't score in the last few minutes because we weren't making good decisions,” Kittanning coach Bill Henry said. “You've got to give (Valley) credit. Davis is a good player, and we had two guys on him. He got a good look, but that was still a tough shot.”
Davis finished with nine points, and teammates Tyson Hill and Mike McNabb scored 14 and 10, respectively, to lead Valley.
Kittanning's Eric Hulings had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Corey Oresick added 10 points and seven boards.
“We knew that we'd be a bit bigger than them, so we wanted to work it inside to those guys,” Henry said. “Corey Oresick had a good start for us, and Eric played well, too.”
Kittanning extended its lead to 43-36 in the third quarter on a 3-pointer by Noah Kunst.
Valley worked its way back in the fourth quarter by holding the Wildcats scoreless for the final three minutes. A 3-pointer by McNabb and an inside hoop by Jordan Frame on an inbound play set up Davis for his winning shot.
“It was a constant effort for our guys to stay in the game. We were there at the end, and we were able to take advantage of it,” Valley coach Mark Faulx.
Matt Grubba is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at email@example.com or via Twitter @Grubba_Trib.
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