The Demons basketball team heads to the holiday break with a 3-2 record including 0-1 in Tri-Peaks League play.
Buena Vista went 1-1 in the past week with a thrilling 44-41 overtime victory over Monte Vista followed by a 51-28 defeat by Lamar.
Monte Vista visited Dec. 17, for a back-and-forth game that never saw either team take more than a five-point lead.
Up 10-9 after the opening quarter Buena Vista scored two more points than the visiting Pirates in the second quarter to lead 23-20 at half.
The Pirates took their turn in the third quarter and outscored the Demons by two to trail 29-28 entering the final frame.
Monte Vista stretched the lead to 37-34 in the waning moments of the game but Tucker Storms was fouled on a 3-point attempt. He stepped to the line and dropped in the first two to bring the Demons to within one.
Following a timeout to freeze Storms, he calmly stepped to the charity stripe and made the free throw to tie the game and send it to overtime.
Monte Vista quickly took the lead back with a successful 3-pointer early in OT. The Demons answered with a 2-point field goal and then the Pirates made a free throw to send the game into the final minute with the Pirates up two.
Phillip Rodgers drove the lane and scored to tie the game. AJ Smethers took a charge on the ensuing Pirate possession, giving the Demons one more chance with the ball.
“Things broke down in getting to the offensive set to run the play for the final shot. Smethers set a screen for Storms that got him open for a long 3-point attempt,” said Demons coach Scott Crites.
The ball fell through the bottom of the net as the buzzer sounded and the Demons won 44-41.
Storms finished the game with a high of 14 points and Isaac Bearss had 12.
The team was a solid 15-of -21 at the free throw line.
The Demons opened league play Dec. 21 when they hosted Lamar.
Buena Vista scored first to lead 2-0, but then Lamar did most of the scoring for the remainder of the first half. They were up 30-9 at the break.
“For some reason we played with little energy and got ourselves in a hole,” said Crites.
The team did make a run early in the third quarter and cut the lead down to 12, but that was as close as it would get. The final score was 51-28.
Buena Vista travels to James Irwin Jan. 10 to play their second league contest.
They are back in action at home against Florence Jan. 11.