By GREG WEBB
PEASTER — The Greyhounds are certainly not in the habit of doing any favors for their neighbors across Interstate 20. But Peaster very nearly did Brock a huge solid on Friday, taking Ponder to a pair of overtime periods before falling to the Lions in a District 9-2A clash on Senior Night, 53-52.
A Peaster win would not only provided a boost of confidence for the Greyhounds, who will be heading into bracket play very soon, but the win would likely have provided the Eagles with sole possession of the district title, as Ponder and Brock have pinned single losses on each other.
Unfortunately, the game officials had more influence on the Hounds-Lions match outcome than did the players on Friday.
With the period waning in the second overtime and the score tied at 52-all, Peaster was biding its time for the last shot. A quick whistle on the five-second rule handed the ball back to Ponder, drawing the ire of the Peaster bench.
During a subsequent time out, the refs called a technical foul on Peaster’s protestations, and the Ponder post player sank one of his two free throws for the lead.
The Greyhounds were not through, forcing a turnover on the inbound play, and getting the ball back with nine ticks left on the game clock. The last attempt missed the mark.
Ponder increased its margin late in the first half, but the Greyhounds kept coming back and the entire game was one in doubt throughout the contest.
After a slow start in the first quarter, Peaster’s Ty Ballard was gold down the stretch and finished the night with 17 points. Senior Josh Petermeier sank crucial 3-pointers late in the contest, finishing with 15 points.
Peaster finishes out its district schedule on Monday, traveling to play Alvord at 6:30 p.m.