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Cardiac Cougs at it again; pull out dramatic win at Hutch
barton community college basketball
Barton led wire-to-wire on the way to a 70-45 win over Pratt.
HUTCHINSON – Watching the Barton men’s basketball team has not been for the faint of heart recently.
After pulling out a last-second win at home over Seward Saturday, the Cougars were at it again Wednesday night at the Sports Arena.
This time is was a Jaheim Holden spinning, floating 3-pointer at the buzzer of regulation to tie the game and send the contest to overtime.
Barton controlled the final two minutes of overtime to leave the Sports Arena with a key 102-97 Jayhawk West win.
“That was crazy,” Barton Coach Craig Fletchall said. “Wow. I’m not sure I can handle much more of this. I think I have good life insurance at least.”
The Cougars stayed tied with Colby for the West lead at 10-3. Barton is 18-4 overall. Hutch is now in fourth place with hopes of a West title slipping from its grasp at 7-6. The Blue Dragons are 16-6 overall.
Just getting to overtime took near perfection from Barton in the game’s 40th minute.
After losing the lead in the first half, Barton never led in the second half. In fact, Barton trailed by as many as 11 at one point, 67-56 with 10:45 left.
Barton battled back to tie the game at 80-all on an Anthony Enneking bucket with 2:13 to play, but quickly fell back behind.
With 1:02 left in the game, Barton trailed 86-81. And when Keandre Bowles missed a 3-pointer with 51 seconds to play, things were not looking for the visitors.
But the Bowles shot would be the final miss of regulation for Barton.
The Cougars were able to get the offensive rebound and find Martin Vogts at the top of the key. He gave a quick pump fake, dribbled and took one step to his left before knocking down a 25-footer to make it 86-84 with 44 seconds to play.
Barton chose not to foul the next possession but offensive rebounds ended that strategy after Hutch had used nearly the entire shot clock.
The Blue Dragon’s DJ Mitchell made a pair of free throws and Hutch led 88-84 with 12.3 seconds to play.
The Cougars wasted very little time after resuming play as Holden quickly dribbled down the floor, penetrated the lane and found Vogts open in the left corner in front of the Barton bench. The sophomore knocked down the trey – his third of the game – to cut the lead to 88-87 with 5.3 seconds to play.
“We will all remember Jaheim’s shot to send the game to overtime, but those two 3-pointers by Martin were big,” Coach Fletchall said. “He was a gamer when we needed him.”
Vogts immediately fouled Clarence King on the inbounds pass with 4.6 seconds on the clock. King made both free throws and Hutch used its final timeout up 90-87.
But the Blue Dragons chose not to foul Barton as Holden took the ensuing inbounds pass on the right side of the floor, drove quickly to near the top of key, spun back over his left shoulder off a Hutch defender and let the ball fly as he floated toward the top of key.
The ball splashed through the net as the buzzer sounded with the Barton bench erupting.
The two teams stayed close in the OT period before Vogts fourth trey proved a dagger. Vogts gave Barton a 99-94 lead with 1:21 to play when he buried a deep shot from the left wing.
Barton made 3-of-4 free throws in the final 37 seconds to secure the win.
Bowles continues to play some of his basketball of the season. The high school scoring machine from Pittsburgh scored a career-high 31 in the win. That is off a then career night of 21 in the win over Seward.
Holden added 19 including the buzzer-beater to send the game to overtime. His huge assist to Vogts on the previous possession was one of a team-high six.
Vogts ended the night with four 3-pointers – three of them during key moments – on the way 14 points off the Barton bench.
Mavrick Gildyard, who hit the game-winner against Seward in the previous game, added 13 and Enneking 10 points and eight rebounds.
Mitchell led five Blue Dragons in double figures with 19.
Next up for Barton is a trip to Garden City to take on the Broncbusters in a Saturday afternoon affair. Garden is just 2-11 in the West and 8-14 overall. Tip is set for 4 pm.
“We need to be careful for sure,” Coach Fletchall said of the Garden City game. “After winning the last two like this then going to play a 2-11 team is a trap. We need to come ready to play.”

Barton 102, Hutch 95 (ot)

Barton      43  47  12 – 102
Hutch       45  45    5 – 95

Barton (10-3, 18-4)
Munson 1-2 0-0 2, Holden 6-13 4-4 19, Bowles 12-19 4-5 31, Caldwell 1-5 1-2 4, Gildyard 6-10 1-2 13, Harmon 1-5 2-2 5, Vogts 5-11 0-0 14, Enneking 5-7 0-3 10, Koehler 2-2 0-0 4. Totals – 39-74 12-18 102.
Hutch (7-6, 16-6)
Singleton 5-7 2-5 12, Mitchell 6-12 3-3 19, Brown 3-11 1-2 10, Baker 4-9 3-5 12, Odhiambo 4-5 0-0 8, King 0-2 5-6 5, Okon 6-12 3-3 16, Mayers 2-2 1-1 5, Kuath 3-6 2-4 8. Totals – 33-65 20-29 95.
3-pointers – Barton 12-28 (Vogts 4-8, Holden 3-6, Bowles 3-7, Caldwell 1-3, Harmon 1-3, Enneking 0-1), Hutch 9-29 (Mitchell 4-10, Brown 3-8, Baker 1-5, Okon 1-5, King 0-1).
Rebounds – Barton 43 (Enneking 8), Hutch 31 (Mitchell 5, Odhiambo 5). Assists – Barton 14 (Holden 6), Hutch 22 (Mitchell 6). Steals – Barton 10 (Holden 3), Hutch 11 (Singleton 4, Baker 4). Blocks – Barton 2 (Caldwell, Vogts), Hutch 3 (Singleton 2).

Turnovers – Barton 20, Hutch 19. Fouled Out – Gildyard, Barton. Technicals – None.