— By GREG WEBB
BROCK — The District 9-2A trio of Peaster, Ponder and Brock have built an impressive resume of edge-of-your-seat contests over several seasons. Tuesday night’s clash between Ponder and Brock was yet another.
Playing much of the game without the services of starter Lance Ewell, who encountered early foul trouble and hit the maximum two and a half minutes into the final period, the Eagles pushed forward.
In a contest rarely venturing outside of a 3-point margin from the tip, Brock fell behind by five with less than three minutes remaining in the game.
Hayden McPherson’s second three-pointer of the second half quickly cut the Ponder lead and less than a minute later, an encore from the Brock guard gave the Eagles their first lead of the final quarter, with 1:03 showing on the game clock.
In the final half minute, the lead changed twice more, with the final change coming with 3.26 seconds left when Ponder’s sophomore guard drained both ends of a free throw.
With two fouls to give Ponder used them to erase two more seconds and Brock was left a desperation shot with barely a second remaining.
Brock falls to 5-2 in district play as Ponder took a game lead , at 6-1. Peaster, idle on Tuesday, remains at 5-1, as the district race stays crowded at the top of the heap.
The Lady Eagles fought back a scrappy Ponder team in the varsity opener, beating the Lady Lions, 53-32.
Brock’s varsity teams travel to Alvord on Friday. The girls tip off at 6:30 p.m.