The Lakeside boys basketball team could not have asked for a better 15 seconds to end regulation Feb. 11 at Wallace.
Just one thing was missing.
The game-tying bucket.
Down five with 15 seconds to play, Kenyon Spotted Horse hit a three to bring his team to within two points, and following a Wallace free throw, the Knights got the ball with two seconds and were prevented from taking another three-point shot when the Miners sent Kenyon to the free throw line.
Kenyon sunk the first to bring his team within two, and missed the second with a near-perfect bounce, but the follow-up was off the mark and the Knights ended the game down 55-57.
Lakeside trailed by as many as 11 in the game against Wallace, which tied the Knights for first place in the SIC with the victory. The Miners will bring a losing record into the district tournament, and have lost to two 3A schools the Knights have beaten.
Lakeside won a tie-breaking coin flip and will host next week’s district championship game between the winner of Wallace and Genesis Prep.
Kenyon finished with 20 points as Lakeside lost its second consecutive game. It has now lost three of its last five after starting 10-1.
Next Up: Lakeside (13-4) hosts the district championship game Friday, Feb. 26 against the winner of Wallace (7-9) and Genesis Prep (2-9).
Lakeside 55, Wallace 57
LHS 14 8 18 15 55
WAL 14 17 16 10 57
Spotted Horse – 20 pts.; J.J. Hall – 16 pts.; Abuan – 9 pts.; Higgins – 6 pts.; C. Matt – 4 pts.