Late defensive heroics save NCTA victory

The North Central Texas Academy Pioneers overcame a five-point deficit in the final 1:39 for a 47-45 victory against visiting Wichita Christian Friday.

The win clinched a playoff berth for the Pioneers (10-13, 8-3 in TAPPS 2-A).

Elias Fekadu’s 2-point basket was followed by Caleb Finley’s 3-pointer with 39 seconds remaining to tie the contest at 45. Then, after the NCTA defense forced a turnover with 19 seconds to play, Finley took the inbounds pass and scored on a layup with six seconds to go.


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