Indians get shot at defending Palmyra tournament title

Posted: Jan. 18, 2013 2:38 am Updated: Feb. 8, 2013 6:15 am

Herald-Whig Sports Writer

PALMYRA, Mo. -- Chase Bevans was the hero late in regulation Thursday night.

A few minutes later, the Clark County senior was a helpless bystander.

Bevans scored off his own missed shot in the lane with less than one second left in the fourth quarter to force overtime with Palmyra, then fouled out with 1 minute, 26 seconds left in overtime and the Indians clinging to a three-point lead.

Fortunately for Clark County, two reserves -- Tommy Dever and Dylan Harper -- stepped up to make some clutch plays as the Indians pulled out an 82-74 semifinal victory in the Tony Lenzini Tournament.

"I felt pretty bad to have to sit for the final couple of minutes," Bevans said. "But Tommy and Dylan really stepped it up. We've got a lot of players who can contribute. They're just two of them."

On the Indians' possession after Bevans fouled out, Harper threw a post pass to Kyle Kovar, who scored for a 76-72 lead. Harper and Dever then combined to go 6 of 8 from the free-throw line to ice the victory for the defending tournament champions.

Third-seeded Clark County (7-8) advances to face top-seeded Canton (15-0) in the championship at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

"That's the character of this team," Indians coach Adam Rung said. "They like going to battle. It didn't always looked the prettiest tonight. But while Palmyra made some of their runs tonight, we kept playing through them."

Second-seeded Palmyra (9-7) seemingly had the game in hand after Trevor Meny made two free throws for a 67-60 lead with 43.8 seconds left in regulation.

Bevans answered with a 3-pointer. After Palmyra's Brock Butler missed the front end of a one-and-one, Bevans sank a 12-footer to cut the Panthers' lead to 67-65 with 15 seconds left.

Less than two seconds later, Meny had a chance to add some cushion for Palmyra but missed two free throws.

"Missed free throws down the stretch cost us," said Panthers coach Brian Meny, whose team will play Highland in the third-place game at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. "We had two good shooters on the line, two players who want the ball in those situations and we came up short. But that wasn't the only thing that cost us. We missed way too many layups early in the game."

Palmyra was playing its first game without 6-foot-3 junior Bazil Keller, who has been diagnosed with mono. That meant 6-4 senior Will Funkenbush had to defend Clark County posts Luke Ross and Kovar virtually by himself.

"That's tough to do," Brian Meny said. "And it's a blow to us because Bazil was really starting to play well and put up some good numbers."




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