Tigers edged by Eagles in title-game thriller, 62-58
CARTHAGE, Mo. — Despite a furious fourth quarter rally, the top-seeded Nevada Tigers were denied a second consecutive Carthage Invitational championship, falling to the No. 2 seed Joplin Eagles, 62-58 in Saturday night's title game.
Nevada trailed 55-40 midway through the fourth quarter, but then proceeded to go on an 18-3 run, punctuated by Braeden Hinton's game-tying 3-pointer from the right wing with 1:12 remaining in regulation. With the game tied 58-58, Joplin milked the clock, before getting the ball to Braeden Testerman, as the senior guard buried the go-ahead 3-pointer from the left corner with 27 seconds showing on the clock. Testerman's triple was the Eagles 13th of the game.
Looking to tie the game, Nevada senior Clay Gayman handed off to freshman point guard Logan Applegate on the left wing. Applegate was able to get a clean look, but was off-target. After pulling down the rebound on Applegate's miss, Joplin then iced the contest at the charity stripe, as sophomore guard Isaiah Davis knocked down 1-of-2 free throws — sending the Eagles to victory.
For Nevada (3-1), Gayman finished with a game-high 23 points, to go along with 5 blocks, while Hinton added 12, including a pair of 3-pointers.
See Tuesday's edition of the Daily Mail for full story, including quotes from Nevada head coach Shaun Gray