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Bryson boys give up late lead

BRYSON – Live by the free throw, die by the free throw.

After starting the game 8-8 from the charity stripe vs. Throckmorton Tuesday evening, which allowed Bryson’s boys' basketballers to lead by as many as 11 in the second half, the Cowboys went cold from the free throw line in the final minutes. 

Throckmorton, which was down by seven entering the fourth quarter, came back with a furious rally, taking the lead with just over two minutes left and making enough free throws down the stretch to hang on in a 50-45 victory at Cowboy Gym.

Bryson missed its last three free throws to wind up 15-25 for the game. Throckmorton, which started the game 1-6 at the line, ended it 9-16 in the fourth quarter but was able to convert in clutch times to pull away.

This was Bryson’s game to win and the Cowboys appeared to be pulling away, getting a pair of Tristan Stephens three-pointers and a bucket from Landon Stephens to take its largest lead of the game at 38-27 three minutes into the second half.

Bryson began to go into the deep freeze late in the third, scoring three points over the final five minutes of the third. Tristan Stephens had a bucket with Tyce Reeves adding a free throw but the Cowboys still appeared in control, leading 41-34 going into the fourth quarter.

The Cowboys needed more than three minutes of the fourth to get back on the board. Throckmorton took advantage, getting contributions from Zack Stapp, Wyatt Thorp, and Axel Carabaeli to begin making their move.

Jarrett Wigington had the big bucket, a three-pointer with 2:03 left, to give the visitors a 44-43 lead. Free throws from Stapp and Carabaeli extended the lead to five with 29 seconds left.

A nifty drive from Dillon Orr cut the lead to three with 20 seconds to go but a pair of free throws over the final five seconds and a crucial turnover allowed the Greyhounds to pull away.

Tristan Stephens led the Cowboys with 12 points with Orr adding 10. Stapp and Carabaeli each had 15 for Throckmorton.

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