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Basalt falls in overtime

The Longhorns rallied with a last-second three to push Friday’s regional playoff game into overtime, but couldn’t maintain the momentum as Strasburg downed the Basalt boys basketball team 76-71 in overtime in Buena Vista.Cody Burkholder took an inbounds pass from beneath the Longhorns’ basket with 5.1 seconds left and hit a 3-pointer to force the extra session.”(Burkholder) got a good look and was able to put it in,” Basalt coach Michael Green said. “We really thought at that point we had the momentum.”But the comeback took its toll on the Longhorns. Basalt lost point guard Ben Pollock to fouls during regulation and was outscored 13-8 in the extra frame. “It was one of those games that went back and fourth all night,” Basalt coach Michael Green said. “It was a matter of making plays – free throws, front ends of one-and-ones and making shots. “(The Indians) were able to do that down the stretch and, unfortunately, we weren’t able to capitalize.”Burkholder paced Basalt (12-11) with 25 points, while Pollock and Jamie Wirkler posted 16 and 10, respectively.”I’m very proud of these kids,” Green said of his team. “They played a great game and showed a lot of heart and determination.”Strasburg (19-6), which was eliminated by Buena Vista Saturday, was led by Lincoln Deffenbaugh’s 28 points and Kyle Damron netted 14.– In the Basalt girls game, top-seed Faith Christian downed the Longhorns 65-46 Friday night at Faith Christian. Faith Christian (23-2) went on to defeat Yuma in the regional championship Saturday.Basalt ended its season with a record of 9-14. No other information was available Saturday night.


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