Updated Wed, Dec 11, 2013 12:34 pm
The Federal Hocking McAfee Gymnasium was electric Tuesday night, as the Lancers walked away with their first win of the season against the Southern Tornadoes, by a score of 48-46.
Pete Crum got the ball with 2.2 seconds left, and made the game-winning layup.
Southern started the game out strong and ended the quarter with a 7-point lead. The Lancers stuck to their man-to-man defense throughout the game and the Tornadoes height advantage was no match.
Federal Hocking showed impressive point guard play by seniors Crum and Cliff Bonner, who scored a combined 27 points of the team's final 48.
The Lancers were down five at the half, but came into the third quarter strong and ready to take over.
Both teams were at each other’s throats in the last half of the game, saving all the drama for the end of the fourth quarter. Fed Hock kept their defense strong and Southern was only able to put in four points in the fourth quarter.
The game was tied 45-45 with a little more than four minutes left, when a technical foul was called on the Lancers and Jack Lemley made one of his free throw shots to put Southern up 46-45.
The crowd continued to bite their nails as another technical foul was called, this time against Southern, and Avain Santiago made one of his free throws to tie the game back up 46-46 with 3:30 left in the game.
Federal Hocking kept the ball in their control and ran the clock out for a solid three minutes in hopes of a last minute shot to end the game with a victory. Between Lancer fans, Tornado fans, Coach Caldwell and the players, you could feel the energy pouring into the gymnasium as the last seconds of the game come off the clock.
It was then that Crum made his game-winning drive and bucket, securing the Lancer victory.
The Lancers hope to pick up their second win of the season this Friday night at South Gallia.