Clutch free-throw shooting from Devan Toomey and Bryson Rohr lifted the Wheatridge Middle School eighth grade varsity basketball team to a 39-33 win against Pioneer Ridge Middle School in the third place game of the Frontier League tournament at Louisburg, Feb. 16.
Toomey and Rohr sank four free-throws in the closing seconds of regulation to seal the win. PRMS had closed within 35-33, but couldn’t finish and fell in the third place match.
Both teams played to a 7-7 first quarter tie but Wheatridge gained a 19-13 halftime advantage thanks to Rohrs’ three- pointer in the closing seconds of the second quarter.
Back came Pioneer behind eight points from Zach Bass to close within 34-31. The Jags got as close as 35-33 in the closing seconds before some clutch free-throws from Wheatridge.
Rohr led Wheatridge, 11-5, with 16 points. Toomey tallied eight points and Austyn Hatton had six on two treys. Griffin Johns worked inside for five points and some key rebounds. Scoring two points were Dylan Watts and Matt Sampson had two points.
For Pioneer, 8-8, Bass scored 18 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Nate Wagner had seven points. Jared Highfill and Blake Nichols had three points and Nolan Quiring, two points.