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In the third-place game at the annual Bryant Invitational Tournament, the Bryant Hornets freshman team took one to the gut as the Malvern Leopard Cubs came back for a 50-45 win.
The Hornets were up 2 with 1:10 left.
“Malvern missed and the ball got tipped out to their best shooter and he drained a 3,” recalled Hornets coach Tyler Posey.
Down one, the Hornets couldn’t get a shot to go. With time running out, they were forced to foul with around :25 left. Malvern converted once to make it a 2-point game.
The Hornets got a good shot but it again it refused to go down. Another foul resulted in another free throw out of two attempts for Malvern. With it still a one-possession game, the Hornets got a look at a tying 3-pointer but to no avail.
Two free throws after that set the final score.
O.J. Newburn led the Hornets with 15 points including four 3’s in the first quarter as the Hornets built a 16-12 lead. Marquelle Barnes added 7 points and Catrell Wallace scored 6.
The Hornets held a 21-20 edge at the half but Malvern rallied in the third quarter and held a 35-32 advantage going into the fourth. Though Bryant erased that margin, the Leopard Cubs were able to take advantage of the Hornets’ struggles to score in the late going.
The Hornets will try to get back on track when they play on Monday, Nov. 21, at Cabot North. After a break for Thanksgiving, they’ll play again at Lake Hamilton on Monday, Nov. 28.