YORK – When the Giltner Hornets look back at the championship game of the CRC Tournament at the York City Auditorium, they will only have to look at the free throw shooting numbers to realize that is where victory slipped away.
After winning the 2011 title over Giltner the Bruning-Davenport-Shickley Eagles came back in 2013 behind senior Ryan Tegtmeier and added their second championship in three years with a 47-40 win over the No. 3, D-2 Hornets.
Tegtmeier, who was named to the York News-Times All-CRC Tournament team, finished the game with 28 points, which included a 16-17 effort at the free throw line.
In three tournament games the BDS senior scored 68 points and was 30-32 at the free throw line.
BDS, the No. 8 team in Class D-1, led big early, but the Giltner Hornets made a game of it in the second half.
The biggest statistic that will haunt Giltner is a 4-12 effort at the free throw line where BDS on the other hand was 20-23.
The Hornets went on an 8-0 run over the first 3:18 of the third quarter and cut the BDS lead from 28-18 at the break to just 28-26 with 4:42 to play in the third quarter.
Following a timeout by the Eagles’ head coach Fred Kluck, BDS threw the ball away and at the other end of the court Garrett Poppen made a move inside and tied the game at 28-28.
That capped a 22-5 run from the 5:53 mark, when it was Giltner head coach Matt Drew who had to call a timeout with his team down 23-6.
The Hornets’ offense continued to produce and a layin by Dylan Hinrichs gave Giltner a 32-30 lead with just over two minutes to play.
BDS tied the score at 32-32 on a Grant Norder basket and with 1.4 seconds to play, Tegtmeier was fouled on a 3-point attempt and connected on all three free throws. That made it 35-32 Eagles with eight minutes to play.
The fourth quarter saw the Eagles take a 40-34 lead on a Tegtmeier basket with 3:19 left in regulation, but the Hornets got a basket and a free throw from Kyle Hawthorne to pull within 40-37 with just over two minutes to play in the game.
Down 43-36 with under 30 seconds to play, Dylan Hinrichs kept Giltner’s hopes alive when he canned a 3-point shot with 19 seconds left in the game.
BDS’s Tegtmeier was fouled on the inbound pass and hit two free throws to make it 45-40 with 18 seconds to play.
Giltner missed its 3-point attempt at the other end and Tegtmeier hit two more free throws to seal the championship.
Giltner was 14-37 from the field overall and was charted with a 4-12 shooting performance from the 3-point arc.
BDS was 10-15 in the first half as they built a lead, but cooled off considerably in the second half hitting just 2-18 shots. Overall they were 12-33, and that included 3-6 from 3-point range.
Other than Tegtmeier’s 28, Grant Norder, also a CRC All-Tournament selection, scored eight points and Luke Christensen, the third CRC All-Tournament team member from BDS, added six.
Giltner was led by Dylan Hinrichs with 10, while Ryan Kleier added eight and both Kyle Hawthorne and Dustin Hastings were charted with seven. Both Hinrichs and Hastings were also on the YNT CRC All-Tournament team.
The other member was Logan Fleming of High Plains.
Giltner (14-3) .......................4 14 14 8- 40
BDS (15-3).................................15 13 7 12- 47
GHS (40) – K. Hawthorne 7, R. Kleier 8, D. Hastings 7, J. Findley 6, D. Hinrichs 10, G. Poppen 2.
BDS (47) – L. Christensen 6, R. Tegtmeier 28, Ri. Tegtmeier 3, G. Norder 8, C. Rohr 2.