By DOUG EADS
STANFORD — Talk about snatching victory from the jaws of defeat.
That’s exactly what the Southwestern Warriors and Brayden Sims was able to do on the road Tuesday night at Lincoln County.
Thanks to a Sims follow of a missed free throw with only :0.7 left in the game, the Warriors escaped with a much-needed and hard-fought, 56-55 victory over the Patriots.
Cole Dysinger scored 11 of his team-high 26 points in the fourth quarter coming down the stretch, and it was his missed free throw that paved the way for Sims’ heroics.
With Lincoln County leading the Warriors 55-52 with less than a second left in the game, Dysinger was fouled on a three-point shot attempt, giving him the opportunity to tie the game up and send it to overtime from the free throw line.
Dysinger made the first two free throws cutting the deficit to 55-54, but his third free throw missed, and Sims’ tap just before the buzzer sounded ending the game gave the Warriors the 56-55 win in an absolute thriller.
Sims recorded another double-double in the game, pulling down 12 rebounds and adding three blocked shots.
Tanner McKee and Dysinger each recorded three assists in the win, and Cameron Pierce chipped in with 4 rebounds.
Southwestern — 11-12 on the season — will return home on Thursday night, hosting the Casey County Rebels.
That game is set to get underway beginning at 7:30 p.m.