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White hits buzzer beater to lead Juniata over rival East Juniata

By Kenny Varner

COCOLAMUS – Turn another page.

Another page has been written in the rivalry that is East Juniata versus Juniata in boys basketball.

Tied going into the final seconds, the Indians had possession for the final shot.

With seconds left, the Indians had two shots but got the rebounds for both. The second rebound was brought down by Jace White who put a leaner in the lane as the buzzer sounded, giving Juniata the hard fought 34-32 victory.

White also led his team in scoring finishing with an 11-point effort.

Teammate Max Lauver chipped in with six points, two 3-pointers.

Jacob Condo rounded out the top three Indian starters with five.

East Juniata were led by Ryan Gannon and Brady Powell who both finished with eight.

Rounding things out for the Tigers was Wayne Dressler who tallied six.

Trailing 29-25 going into the final stanza, the Indians rallied back.

Powell added to the East Juniata lead hitting 1-of-2 from the free throw line.

On the Indians first possession, Emmanuel O’Donnel got open in the middle and put up a shot while in traffic, forcing a East Juniata time out.

After pulling down a crucial defensive rebound Juniata tied it when White attacked the paint and he went to the hoop for the bucket and the foul.

The Tigers weren’t going down without fight as Andrew Hunter was  clutch under pressure as he hit 2-of-2 from the line after being fouled for the 1-on-1 situation, making it a 32-30 advantage.

With 3:22 left, the Indians tied it once again as White got behind the Tigers’ defense and got the ball for the lay up.

Both defenses took center stage for the next 3:21 minutes.

The Indians picked up the steal with 21.7 ticks left on the clock.

Juniata brought down the ball and went for the three but the ball rimmed in and out and into the Indians possession. After one shot in the lane the ball bounced out and in White’s hands and he immediately broke to the hoop where he was fouled as the ball went in. With the ball in the air, the buzzer went off and gave the Indians the last second victory.

The game was a low scoring, defensive dominated game.

Both teams clamped down and played physical ball from beginning to end.

In the first, both teams scored 11 each.

The game remained tight going into the intermission, remaining tied at 19.

The win was not for the faint of heart and it will be another nail biter when the two meet again.

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