Despite trailing Fred T. Foard by 16 points heading into the fourth quarter, the Maiden boys’ basketball team never stopped playing.
After scoring 13, 4, and 12 points in the previous three quarters, the Blue Devils made 15-of-16 free throws in the quarter and scored an incredible 29 points to squeeze past Fred T. Foard, 58-56.
“The kids just never gave up,” said Maiden coach Doug Miller. “They put a lot of pressure on Foard and created a lot of turnovers.”
The Tigers built a big lead early going with three-point shots from Logan Setzer and Jordan Turner. The pair combined for nine 3-pointers in the game, including seven in the first half.
With four minutes left in the game, Maiden whittled the Tiger’s lead to 10 and continued to get opportunities at the free-throw line. Those chances grew and Maiden continued to make them. Maiden finished 16-for-17 on free throw chances in the quarter and 17-for-20 in the game.
To make matters worse for Foard, Jalen Gibbs and Nate Johns fouled out in the process. Those losses, combined with the free throw shooting ability of the Blue Devils, vaulted Maiden to the victory.
As for Bunker Hill, which is Maiden’s opponent in Thursday’s fifth-place game, Miller is hoping his team doesn’t have a similar performance in the game against Foard.
“I would hope it gives us a ton of momentum,” Miller said. “We are starting to have a bad history of starting off slow and coming on strong in the second half. I just want these kids to know what they can do when they put their heart into the whole ball game.”