Sturgeon loses to Salisbury, 59-57
It came down the wire and was ultimately decided by free-throws.
That is one way of looking at the semifinal game of the Sturgeon Tournament between The Sturgeon Bulldogs and the Salisbury Panthers.
The Bulldogs came from behind courtesy of jumpers, layups and three point shots from Jacob Brooks, Jake Snider and Logan Flaspohler and took the
first quarter 15-12.
From there the 11-6 Salisbury Panthers ground ahead and led 33-27 going into halftime.
Sturgeon had a strong drive and tied it at 37 with 4:19 left in the third.
That was when Brooks uncorked his three-pointers again to make it 40-37 Sturgeon.
Salisbury said “we can do that too,” and tied the game at 40 with their own three, then hit another to retake the lead, 46-40.
Sturgeon fourth bak with a Flaspohler three and the quarter ended with Salisbury up 46-43.
The two teams ground on each other like a pair of boulders, a rolling soccer-scrum up and down the court, with Salisbury hanging on until Snider tied the game with a pair of free-throws at 57 with one second left.
With Sturgeon hoping for overtime a foul-call put Salisbury on the free throw line and Jayden Green sank to for the game and sent Salisbury to the championship game.
Sturgeon will play Westran for third place honors, 4 p.m. Saturday.
Brooks led Sturgeon with a game-high 23 points, followed by Flaspohler and Mike Sturgeon with 10 each and Snider and Ben Doss with five each.
Jackson King led Salisbury with 14.
“We just got outplayed,” Sturgeon Head Coach Michael Smith said afterward.
For more, see next week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.