In a thrilling and tightly contested basketball game, the Fannett-Drops Tigers faced a narrow defeat at the hands of the Claysburg-Kimmel Bulldogs with a final score of 68-62. The game, characterized by its intensity and high stakes, saw the Tigers lead 54-51 after three quarters, only to lose their edge in the final moments.
The match started strong for the Tigers, who surged ahead with a 15-8 lead at the end of the first quarter. However, the Bulldogs made a significant comeback in the second quarter, leveling the score at 31-31 by halftime. Despite leading at the close of the third quarter, the Tigers struggled to maintain their advantage in the game’s critical final moments.
With just 1:51 left on the clock and the Tigers up by a single point, the Bulldogs turned the game around, securing the lead with two successful free throws and ultimately clinching the 68-62 victory. Coach Coffman reflected on the game’s outcome, acknowledging the team’s effort but also recognizing missed opportunities. “We played hard all game and had a great opportunity to come away with a solid win over a good team, but we didn’t execute at the end of the game to close it out,” he said.
Notably, Fannett-Metal showcased a balanced offensive effort, with four players hitting double figures. Evan Wingert led the team with 21 points and 6 rebounds, followed by Landon Arnold’s all-around performance of 14 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 steals. Drew Goshorn contributed 13 points and 6 assists, while Broc Hostler also added 13 points to the tally. Senior Riley Martin stood out with 10 rebounds and 4 assists. On the Bulldogs’ side, Senior Elias Ritchey impressed with a game-high 27 points.
The Tigers, who opened their season with a 39-30 victory at Northern Bedford, are looking to rebound from this loss as they host Tussey Mountain on Tuesday at 7:15 pm.