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Malvern eighth-grade boys capture league title

By TODD REED News Leader Sports Editor Published: February 21, 2017 1:31 PM
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The Inter-Valley Conference Eighth-Grade Boys Basketball Championship was on the line when top-seeded Malvern took on third-seeded Strasburg at Hiland High School.

The two teams split their regular-season games, with both contests going into overtime.

It looked as if their third meeting was headed to extra time, until Malvern's Derk Hutchison connected on a game-winning 3-pointer as time expired.

The game was tight throughout with Strasburg leading 10-9 after one quarter of play.

John Browning tallied seven points in the second frame and Hutchison connected on a deep 3-ball as time expired, sending the Hornets into intermission with the momentum and a 23-20 advantage.

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Malvern maintained a slight lead until 4:32 remaining in the fourth quarter as the Tigers scored five straight points for a 32-30 advantage.

The Hornets retook the lead on an inside bucket by Browning with 1:37 to go.

Trailing by three, Strasburg was able to sink three straight free throws to tie the game at 37-37 with less thank 10 seconds remaining on the clock.

The Hornets quickly moved the ball down court, eventually getting it to Hutchison, who let a shot fly from behind the arch, hitting nothing but net as the buzzer sounded, sending the Malvern faithful into a frenzy.

Browning finished with a game-high 16 points. Hutchison added 11 points, Adam Moser had five points, and Max Earl and Payton Davis each had four points.

With the win, Malvern ends its season with a 17-1 record. Strasburg falls to 14-4.


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