For the first time since 1978, Wellington wins Roadrunner Classic

first_imgWellington 79 Kingman 77Wellington 23 12 18 16 (10) — 79Kingman 19 22 13 15 (8)— 77Wellington: Phelps 19, Reichenberger 14, Baker 2, Nance 31, Daugherty 4, Dunn 10. Total 22 (4) 23-32 79. Kingman: New 20, Packard 23, Garrison 11, Bradsaw 15, Bangert 3, Anderson 5. Total: 15 (11) 14-16 77.Wellington wins first Chaparral Roadrunner Classic Championship trophy since 1978. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It was 1978 and John Travolta was discoing his way to Saturday Night Fever fame. And the Wellington boys basketball team won the Chaparral Roadrunner Classic Tournament.It took the Crusader boys another 36 years before getting another championship trophy.Trevor Nance scores 31 points to lift Crusaders to victory.Wellington beat Kingman in a great, great game of basketball Saturday night  – winning 79-77 in overtime.The game was an exhausting fast-paced game with the Crusaders, huge underdogs going in, staving off a quick and sharp-shooting Kingman team.Wellington drew first blood. Kingman came back. The Eagles would take the lead. Wellington would come back and in the end both teams had to play four extra minutes.The Crusaders would hold on to the bitter end when Kingman failed to make a bucket at the buzzer that would send it to a second overtime. The jubilant Crusaders had pulled off a stunning two-point victory. The game was a classic.Young Crusader fans make up a sign.Trevor Nance would have a game and career high 31 points. Connor Phelps would pour in 18 points. Colin Reichenberger had 14 and Austin Dunn 10. Wellington more than doubled its point total the night before in a 38-34 victory over Chaparral. It’s been quite awhile since Wellington scored 79 points in a game.Kingman was scoring in bushels as well. Mitchell Packard had 23, Cody New scored 20, Brandon Bradshaw 15, and Tyler Garrison 11. Wellington survived 11 Kingman 3-pointers and a deadly 14-of-16 free throw shooting.Wellington had four treys and 23-of-32 at the free throw line.The Crusaders came into the game as huge underdogs, losing 77-49 in the Kingman Tournament Championship in December.But Wellington quickly established early that this was going to be a different game. The Crusaders led 11-0 after scoring on their first four possessions. The Crusaders held a double-digit lead through most of the quarter and led 17-7 at the 2:13 mark. Then Kingman made the first of its many runs. By the end of the quarter, Wellington was clinching to a 23-19 lead despite shooting upwards of 70 percent.The inside lane was a crowded place. Lots of fouls.Wellington would lose the lead at the 5:13 mark of the second quarter on a Tyler Garrison 3-pointer making it 26-24. But the Dukes would never let the game get away from them despite Kingman scoring five 3-pointers. The Eagles held a 41-35 lead at the half. It’s biggest lead of the game.The Eagles cooled off in the third quarter and Wellington would chip at the lead. Then at quarter’s end a long pass for a Payton Baker layup at the buzzer had sliced the game to one. Wellington was in business 54-53 going into the fourth.Nance would hit a five-footer and free throw to start the fourth and give the Crusaders their first lead since the second quarter. Phelps would make four straight free throws to help the Crusaders open an eight-point advantage 62-54. It would be a lead it maintained for over three minutes.But Kingman had a tremendous minute in which it scored seven consecutive points. Wellington was clutching to a one-point lead at the 2:42 mark. The Eagles eventually took the lead with 1:17 to play. Nance tied things back up at the other end and with less than a minute it was 69-all.Kingman took off 30 seconds before Wellington rebounded off a miss with 28.8 seconds to play. Wellington works the ball to the final 10 seconds when Phelps drove the lane and made what looked like a huge layup. But the official negated the points calling it a charge on the sophomore.With 9 seconds, Kingman failed to hit a game-winning shot and the game went into overtime.This is how regulation ended. A shot with the ball stuck between the rim and backboard.Dunn opened the extra frame with a 3-pointer. But Kingman responded on another with another 3. Wellington then maintained a 2 to 4 point advantage until the Eagles made their 11th trey to pull within one.Reichenberger made 1 of 2 with 25 seconds left to give Wellington a 79-77. Kingman worked the ball for final shot but missed again at the buzzer.The Crusaders are back to .500 with a 6-6 record. This game, though, should count for two wins. It was so good. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (6) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +3 Vote up Vote down Catfish Charlie · 341 weeks ago Awesome!! It is great to be a Crusader!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 341 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Steve W. · 341 weeks ago I listened to the game on the radio what a game. Good job boys way to bring home the money! Report Reply 3 replies · active 341 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 341 weeks ago What you didn’t follow the Sumner Newscow live blog? 🙂 Report Reply +1 Vote up Vote down Still dizzy · 341 weeks ago I texted him to read yours and too listen to the radio too. At the same time I watched WSU play. his daughter text back and said listening to it on his phone. TV going, computer has your tweets going and the radio going on another tab. That was a dizzy spell volume up n down. Report Reply +1 Vote up Vote down Steve W. · 341 weeks ago Cueball I too am still dizzy from listening to the game following your tweets and watching WSU on TV, lol. Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down Darren · 341 weeks ago Congrats Crusaders! A great accomplishment and the way you guys play makes me proud to be a Crusader. Keep up the hard work! On another note: Crusader Basketball took a hiatus from the Roadrunner Classic for many of those 36 years. They competed in the Eldorado, Dodge City, and Valley Center Tournaments during the 1990’s and early 2000’s. Report Reply 0 replies · active 341 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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