By Will Johnson
ELKHART – In a high scoring game, the Elkhart Elks took down the Cross Roads Bobcats thanks to some clutch free throw shooting down the stretch. The Bobcats employed the “hack an Elk” strategy to stay in the game and managed to cut the lead to 79-76 with just 11 seconds remaining before adding two more shots from the line to emerge with the 81-76 victory.
The Elks opened up the game on fire as they raced out to a 22-12 lead. Luis Landa-Miller led the way for Elkhart with eight points and was joined in the scoring column by Jayden Kurtz with five, D.J. Williams with four, C.J. Whitaker with three and Ethan Corson with tw
The Bobcats were led by Brandon Flowers with six, Taylor McKenzie with four and two from Jordan Hooten.
The Bobcats managed to cut into the Elks’ lead in the second quarter thanks to 10 points from Wilson, four from Moises Alvarado, three from Hagen Dowell and one from Hooten.
D.J. Williams scored four for Elkhart while five other Elks – Dylan Duhon, Kurtz, Jonathan Simmons, Jake Walters and Whitaker added two apiece to make the score 36-30 at the break.
Down by four, the Bobcats trimmed two more points from the Elk lead in the third quarter. McKenzie dropped in seven, Wilson added six, Flowers posted five and both Hooten and Coy Rogers added two.
Whitaker paced the Elks with eight in the third period of play. Kurtz and Simmons each had five while Landa-Miller chipped in two to make the score 56-52 as the teams headed into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the teams only played eight minutes by the scoreboard clock but with all the fouls it took nearly an hour in real time. For Crossroads, Flowers and Hooten both had nine, McKenzie had four and Wilson scored two.
Elkhart went to the line 17 times in the quarter and made 12. Kurtz scored seven, Simmons and Whitaker both had six, Landa-Miller had five and Walters scored one as the Elks walked off the court with a hard fought 81-76 win.
On the game, Brandon Wilson led all scorers with 24 points. Taylor McKenzie went for 15, both Clayton Flowers and Jordan Hooten netted 14, Moises Alvarado had four, Hagen Dowell added four and Coy Rogers chipped in two.
The Elks were led by C.J. Whitaker with 21 points. Jayden Kurtz poured in 17 and Luis Landa-Miller knocked down 15. Jonathan Simmons netted 13, D.J. Williams scored eight, Jake Walters had three and both Ethan Corson and Dylan Duhon scored two.
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