Late shot lifts Lipan by J’boro

It’s not how much you lead by or even how often you hold the lead in a sporting event – as long as your team has the lead when the final buzzer sounds.

The Lipan Indians proved this theory Wednesday with a thrilling 45-44 victory against Jacksboro at the Indians’ home gym.

Lipan (8-11) never led in the contest until Kyle Mercer’s 3-point shot went in with a half second remaining in the game.

“It was a very clutch shot by a freshman,” said Lipan coach Cody Chandler. “We just didn’t give up. We just kept fighting and battling and gave ourselves a chance at the end.”

The Indians entered the final quarter down 34-23.

Lipan tied the game at 42 in the closing seconds, but it appeared that Jacksboro might escape after regaining the lead, 44-42. Then, Mercer came through.

Boys basketball

Jacksboro 19 5 10 10 – 44

Lipan 11 6 6 22 – 45

Lipan (8-11) scoring – Colby Clinton 12, Kyle Mercer 10, Joel Rice 8, Tanner Richardson 8, Jorge Hernandez 3, Joey McFadden 2, Blake Williams 2.

3-pointers – Lipan 4 (Clinton 2, Mercer 2), Jacksboro 2.

Free throws – Lipan 9-11, Jacksboro 10-11.