With Zane Trace down three, less than 10 seconds remaining, and Huntington at the line, it looked as if
Huntington had secured its second victory over Zane Trace in the past six days; however, the Huntsmen
were unable to convert from the charity stripe. This allowed the Pioneers one last chance, but the
possession started sloppy. With Dale McCullough trying to get the ball to Kirk Maxwell, the two were
unable to execute a clean hand-off. This forced McCullough to find Gabe Haynes, and the junior guard
pushed the ball and buried a deep three as time expired to force overtime.
In overtime, Huntington lost Kyle Deal to fouls and the foul line continued to be a struggle for the green
and white. On the night, Huntington made only five of their 13 chances. Huntington did hold an overtime
lead at 58-57 after a Corey Cottrill bucket, but it was short lived as Maxwell sliced the Huntsmen
defense and found a wide open McCullough for an easy two. After Huntington failed to score, Zane
Trace's D.J. Merriman knocked down one of two from the line stretching the lead to 60-58 - the eventual
On the next possession, Drew Trusty had a look at a deep three to go ahead, but the shot did not fall.
After a ZT turnover, Huntington had one last chance, but Craig Magill's midlane jumper did not fall as
time ran out.
For Zane Trace (12-9), Haynes knocked down four triples on his way to a game-high 24 points.
Maxwell, who struggled from the field for the first three quarters, became a tough matchup in the late
going as the junior found his way to the line 12 times Wednesday night knocking down nine to finish with
14 points. Merriman added nine points.
In the loss for Huntington (10-11), senior Corey Cottrill ended with a team-high 21 points. Classmates
Craig Magill and Drew Trusty ended with 11 and eight points respectively, but a big offensive lift came
from junior Kyle Deal who ended with 18 points.
Zane Trace will now advance to Saturday's final against Peebles. The Indians dominated Portsmouth
West in Wednesday night's opening game at Waverly.