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'Hound men pick up third conference win in OT

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

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Fort Scott's Prince Samuels (11) drives to the hoop as Allen's Seth Walden (30) tries, but fails, to draw a charge during the first half of play at Arnold Arena Saturday afternoon. Samuels led the Greyhounds with 17 points in a 63-61 overtime victory.
(Kenny Felt/Exclusive to the Tribune)
Austin Danner made a pair of free throws with 36.4 seconds remaining and Fort Scott's defense held Allen without a field goal in overtime as the Greyhounds picked up their third conference win of the season, 63-61, at Arnold Arena Saturday afternoon.

Fort Scott improved to 3-2 in the Jayhawk Conference's Eastern Division and 8-7 overall. This is the latest in a season (15 games) that the Greyhounds have been over .500 since finishing the 2006-07 season with a 19-12 record.

This was also Fort Scott's fourth victory in its last five meetings against Allen (0-3, 4-11).

Prince Samuels put Fort Scott ahead, 58-56, with 1:44 left. The 'Hounds had the ball with about 45 seconds to go and a four-second difference between the game clock and shot clock. Allen's head coach wanted his team to fouls. They couldn't hear him but managed to force a missed shot and got the rebound.

After a time out with 5.7 seconds left, Bryce Shippers drove into the paint and missed a shots. Andrew Rountree hauled down the rebound and put up a shot that fell through as the buzzer sounded to force the extra session.

"I think they were more shocked that that shot went in," Fort Scott head coach Michael Cook said. "I told them it was still 0-0. Let's just play. I think Ray (Chase) was down a bit because he thought he should have had that rebound. But overall, he kept fighting. We shook out of it and played tough."

Each team made one of two free throws in the first 30 seconds of the extra session. Austin Danner put Fort Scott ahead, 61-59 with 2:52 to go. DeAndrae Barnett -- the only Red Devil to score in OT -- tied the score with a pair of free throws with 2:28 remaining but missed both ends of a 2-shot opportunity with 1:53 left.

Allen had the ball with a with 35.6 seconds left and an 0.6-second difference between the shot clock and game clock. The Devils came down and missed two shots before calling time out after a rebound with 5.3 seconds to go.

Out of the time out, the Devils got the ball to Cameron Blue, who missed a 3-point shot at the buzzer.

Samuels scored 15 of his team-leading 17 points in the second half, including a follow-up of a teammate's miss that put Fort Scott ahead 56-51 with 3:17 to go. Rountree scored a 3-point play with 2:26 to go and tied the score with a pair of free throws with 1:54 left.

Danner added 10 points for the 'Hounds, who made 40 percent of their field-goal attempts on 23 of 57 and outrebounded Allen, 43-40.

Rountree led the Devils with 18 points and Barnette added 16, including all of Allen's OT points.

With Wednesday night's win over Neosho County and this win, Fort Scott has won consecutive conference games for the first time since 2009 (Allen and Kansas City). If the Greyhounds can win at Labette Wednesday night, they'll have a 3-game conference run for the first time since 2007.

"We're hungry," Cook says. "We looked at (Allen's) record and may have took them lightly. When we go over to Labette, it's going to be a dogfight. Winning becomes contagious and when you start doing it, you don't want to lose. I think we can keep the momentum going."


ALLEN: Rountree 7-13 4-7 18, Burnes 0-0 0-0 0, Roberts 0-0 0-0 0, Fountain 5-13 4-4 14, Shippers 0-9 0-0 0, Uno 1-1 1-2 4, Keiswetter 0-2 0-0 0, Barnette 3-9 9-12 16, Blue 3-15 1-2 7, Walden 0-1 0-0 0, Walter 1-1 0-0 2. TOTALS: 20-53 19-27 61.

FORT SCOTT: Floyd 2-6 0-0 4, Fleming 2-7 2-2 7, Samuels 6-15 5-6 17, Wright 2-4 0-0 5, Rienbolt 0-0 0-0 0, Danner 3-7 2-2 10, Chase 4-9 1-4 9, Hall 3-4 1-2 7, House 0-2 1-2 1. TOTALS: 23-57 13-20 63.

Halftime: Fort Scott, 29-25. End of regulation: Tied, 58-58.

Three-point field goals: Allen 2-18 (Uno 1-1, Barnette 1-3, Walden 0-1, Fountain 0-2, Blue 0-5, Shipper 0-6), Fort Scott 4-7 (Danner 2-2, Fleming 1-1, Adams 1-2, Floyd 0-1, House 0-1).

Total fouls: Allen 20, Fort Scott 19. Fouled out: Rountree. Technical fouls: Rountree, Danner.

Rebounds: Allen 40 (Blue 10), Fort Scott 43 (Chase 11). Assists: Allen 10 (Blue 4), Fort Scott 8 (House 6). Turnovers: Allen 12, Fort Scott 16. Steals: Allen 10 (Blue 4), Fort Scott 8 (Samuels 2). Blocked shots: Allen none, Fort Scott 5 (Chase 3).



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