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Jamestown edges Morningside in GPAC men's final

Jamestown edges Morningside in GPAC men's final

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SIOUX CITY - Second-ranked Morningside and No. 13 Jamestown squared off in an intense battle for the Great Plains Athletic Conference men's basketball tournament with the Jimmies clipping the regular-season champions 86-84 at Rosen-Verdoorn Sports' Center Tuesday.

Missed free throws by both teams in the closing seconds added to the late drama as Jamestown twice missed shots to ice the game in closing the 11 seconds and Morningside also failed to hit a pair of free shots that would have tied the contest with four seconds remaining.

Jamestown went head for good 74-73 with 6:11 left on a free throw by Brady Birch and were up 84-78 with 2:30 to go but the Mustangs were far from done.

Morningside pulled to within 86-84 on a layup by Zach Imig with 46 seconds left and appeared to be in line to get a final shot to tie or win after the Jimmies' Jon Purintun missed the front end of a one-and-one free throw situation with 11 seconds left.

The Mustangs' Brody Egger was fouled and sent the the charity stripe with two shots with four seconds left, but missed both shots. A further missed free throw by Jamestown's Jack Talley turned out to be a game-ender as neither team could corral the rebound as time expired.

In a game where the largest lead either team had was seven points by Morningside in the first half, Kevin Oberweiser scored 20 points to lead the way for Jamestown, now 28-5 overall.

Tyler Borchers had a game-high 26 points and 13 rebounds to pace the Mustangs, who like the Jimmies will be advancing to the the NAIA Division II National tournament in Sioux Falls next week.

Egger and Matt Hahn also scored 15 points and Alex Borchers 13 for the Mustangs.


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