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BOYS' BASKETBALL: Shamrocks Rally, Beat Cougars

Barnesville led by Houston with 16 points

February 28, 2013
By KIM NORTH, For The Intelligencer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

MORRISTOWN - Barnesville's Zach Houston was not going to let his senior teammates end their careers Wednesday night at Union Local High School. He just wouldn't let it happen.

The Shamrocks (8-15) squandered a 13-point lead late in the third quarter and trailed, 55-54, after Frontier's Drew Schneider knocked down a pair of free throws with 19.7 seconds remaining to play.

That's when Houston kicked it up a notch.

Barnesville pushed the ball down the floor and got it to the 6-foot-1 junior on the block to the right of the lane. He pump faked one Cougar into the air before kissing the ball gently off the glass for a 56-55 lead with 13.8 showing.

''It was fast,'' Houston said of the Shamrocks pushing the ball up the floor.

Frontier, with no timeouts remaining, got the ball into Schneider's hands, but the ball was jostled away as he drove down the lane and bodies went flying.

It just so happens the ball went right to Houston, who was fouled immediately. He calmly stepped to the line and dropped in the first shot, giving his team a 57-55 edge. His second rolled off the rim and into the hands of the Cougars' Taylor Merckle who let loose a desperation heave the clanked off the backboard.

''We kept believing and it ended our way,'' Houston said.

Barnesville coach Chris Pack was all smiles afterward, but that wasn't the case for much of the fourth quarter as Frontier made its charge.

Houston led Barnesville with 16 points, including 10 in the final quarter, while Dylan MacMillan added 14 and Isaac McGee a dozen.

Houston and Brandon Burkhart each pulled down seven rebounds.

Schneider had a huge night as he threw in six 3-point goals en route to a game-high 29. Jordan Jefferson chipped in 15 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Merckle had 10 boards.

Barnesville advances to a Saturday date with Shadyside at 1 p.m.

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