(Anita) Exira-EHK gutted out a 45-40 boys basketball win on the road over the CAM Cougars Tuesday.
After a very slow start for both sides it was a game of runs the rest of the first half. CAM crawled out of 4-0 hole with a 13-2 run. Exira-EHK answered that with a 7-0 to reclaim the lead, but back to back 3's by CAM's Michael Holste put he Cougars back on top. As the theme of the first half would have it, Exira-EHK scored the final two baskets of the half to put things at a 19-all deadlock at the break.
Exira-EHK led nearly the entire second half including by as many as 8 points midway through the 4th, but CAM got two big 3's from senior Brady Runyan and another by Connor Bell to take the lead in the final 2:00. However, CAM missed a quick three point try with about 1:30 to go which led to a wide open fast break layup by Exira-EHK's Drew Peppers giving the Spartans the lead back at 41-40. Exira-EHK would miss the front end of a 1 and 1 free throw in the final minute, but Peppers grabbed the offense rebound and was wide open for the put back to put the Spartan lead at 43-40 with under :25 left. CAM called timeout and got off a good look at a three pointer with less than :10 to play, but it missed and the long rebound led to a Brady Hansen layup to make it a 45-40 final.
Michael Holste led all scorers in the game with 17. Exira-EHK had two players in double figures with Tate Simpson and Brady Hansen each contributing 10 points.
Click here for the postgame with Exira-EHK coach Doug Newton