North Bend teams escape with last-second wins over Wayne
North Bend Central came away with a pair of down-to-the-wire wins Thursday as both teams edged Wayne in high school basketball action at Wayne High School.
The Wayne High girls nearly erased a 17-point second-half deficit, but came up just short as the Lady Tigers held on for a 46-42 win to drop Wayne to 11-5.
Wayne trailed 36-19 midway through the third quarter and were down 39-25 going to the fourth before starting their rally.
Wayne went on a 12-0 run to start the fourth quarter. Three baskets by Kylie Hammer and two by Gabi Meyer were followed by a jumper by Jamie Gamble to make it a 39-37 game midway through the fourth quarter.
North Bend stopped Wayne’s momentum long enough to score two straight baskets and take a 43-37 advantage, but a 3-pointer by Hammer made it 44-40, and she followed with another driving layup on the next possession to make it 44-42.
North Bend hit a free throw on their next possession, but Meyer got a good look from the right corner for a potential game-tying 3-pointer that just missed the mark. The Lady Tigers added another free throw to put the game out of reach and claim the victory.
Hammer had 19 points and Meyer added 12 to lead the Blue Devils. Tori Kniesche had four points, Ashton Boyer added three and Gamble and Frankie Klausen each had two.
The boys game needed the full 32 minutes to decide a winner, and North Bend got a buzzer-beating layup by Jaxon Wietfeld to steal a 65-63 win over the Blue Devils and drop Wayne to 7-7 on the season.
The game was a back-and-forth affair all night. North Bend led 15-9 early in the second before back-to-back 3-pointers by Jack Evetovich and Ryan Jaixen tied the game at 15-15.
North Bend regained the lead and led by as many as five, but Wayne closed the half with another 3-pointer by Evetovich and a shot by Marcus Fertig as time expired to tie the game at 31-31.
The lead changed hands four times in the third quarter and Mason Lee scored late to make it a one-point North Bend advantage going to the fourth, 46-45.
In the final period, North Bend led by as many as six before Wayne rallied. Evetovich hit his third 3-pointer of the night to tie the game at 53-53, and Wayne took their final lead at 57-56 on two Chris Rogers free throws midway through the final stanza.
Wayne got within two at 63-61 on two Lee free throws, and a steal by Beau Bowers gave Wayne a chance to tie the game, which they did on a layup by Lee with :06 left. North Bend moved the ball quickly up the court and Wietfeld scored as time expired to give the Tigers the win.
Evetovich scored 21 points and Lee added 19 for the Blue Devils. Bowers and Rogers each had six points, Jaixen added five and Shea Sweetland and Marcus Fertig each had three.
The Wayne girls are home Friday to host Norfolk Catholic, while the Blue Devil boys head to West Point to face Guardian Angels Central Catholic.