On a day when schools from around the state where getting prepared for the three day tournament that would decide who would take home the title of State Champion, the Moyers Tigers were making history.
For the first time in the school’s history, the Tigers won a bid to State. Moyers had never before sent a team, boys or girls, but this year the boys broke through.
The Tigers had a large crowd of fans in attendance at the Big House, well over the town’s population, as they took the court at the State Fair Arena on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013.
Moyers hit the hardwood against Big Pasture in the Class B quarterfinals, and neither team was able to pull ahead enough to have a double-digit lead. Every point was answered, every momentum swing was nullified.
Though the entire game kept your adrenaline up, the final minute of the game was edge-of-your seat exciting.
Kyle Doty hit two free throws to give Big Pasture a three-point lead, then Caleb Armstrong, Moyers, hit a shot to cut the lead to one.
Taran Knox hit two more free throws for Big Pasture, then Jake Dudley, Moyers, hit a three to tie the game.
Big Pasture's Cameron Smith grabbed a rebound and scored on a putback with only five seconds left. Moyers pushed the ball up court, and with only 3 seconds left, Jake Dudley was fouled.
His first free-throw attempt spun in and out. He intentionally missed the second, but Big Pasture grabbed the rebound as the buzzer sounded. The scoreboard said it all. Moyers had lost in the final seconds of the game. Big Pasture was moving on after the final score of Big Pasture 66, Moyers 64.
“They performed very well to be under this pressure of never playing in a place as big as this,” Moyers coach Shane Winter said. “I'm proud of 'em.”
So was everyone else from Moyers and the surrounding areas.
As the players exited the locker room, most of them wearing ball caps pulled low, fans waited to hug their necks and pat their backs.View more articles in: