May 25 • 11:41 PM

Capac pulls out 51-47 win

Chiefs play strong down stretch in BWAC cliffhanger

Dan Jackson, of Capac, fires up a shot in traffic during last week’s BWAC encounter versus Cros-Lex. Capac won by a 51-47 scoreboard count. photo by Kevin Kissane.

January 30, 2008
CAPAC — The Capac varsity boys' basketball team overcame a 39-31 deficit after three quarters were complete to claim a 51-47 win against visiting Cros-Lex in a Blue Water Area Conference nailbiter on Tuesday, January 22.

With the final, Capac moves to 9-2 and 6-1. Cros-Lex slips to 4-7 and 3-3.

In Tuesday's matchup, Cros-Lex let it be known from the outset that they would not be a pushover.

Cros-Lex drove that well-taken point across by forging a 6-1 lead with 2:49 elapsed.

The next 5:11 would see Cros-Lex collect eight points and Capac manage seven.

That left Cros-Lex holding a 14-8 lead after one quarter was complete.

The next eight-minute stretch saw Cros-Lex generate 13 points, while allowing Capac 11.

That made it 27-19, Cros-Lex, at the halftime break.

When the action resumed, Cros-Lex and Capac hit for identical 12-point outputs during the third quarter of play.

That left Cros-Lex holding a 39-31 cushion at the 24-minute mark.

The fourth quarter would see Capac raise their game a few notches.

It was there Capac got Cros-Lex's attention, putting together a 16-8 run covering a 7:08 span. When Chris Schroeder connected on an attempt from beyond the arc with 52 seconds remaining, capping the aforementioned outburst, the scoreboard was knotted at 47 points each.

The ensuing Cros-Lex possession would not last long.

Capac saw to that, coming up with a steal. Seconds later, the Chiefs' Kevin Bollaert was sent to the foul-line for a pressure-packed one-and-one situation.

Bollaert calmly made the first attempt. The second effort also proved true, giving his team a 49-47 lead with 47.1 seconds to play.

Capac's defense dropped back, picking up Cros-Lex after they crossed the midcourt line.

Not too long thereafter, Cros-Lex was whistled for a traveling violation.

Capac had the ball and a two-point lead. There was now 36 seconds remaining.

With 18.3 seconds left, Cros-Lex sent Bollaert to the foul-line again.This time he hit the initial attempt and missed the next, leaving his team with a 50-47 lead to protect.

Cros-Lex controlled the rebound and pushed the ball up the floor, hoping to acquire the equalizer.

With 14 seconds showing on the clock, Cros-Lex launched an attempt from three-point range which failed to connect.

Bollaert grabbed the rebound and was promptly fouled with 13.5 seconds showing on the fourth quarter clock.

This time his initial attempt from the foul-line did not meet with the result he envisioned. His second toss hit the rim and fell in, staking Capac to a 51-47 lead at the time.

Cros-Lex would fire up several more attempts during the game's closing seconds, but the score remained unchanged.

Capac had held on. And oh, what a finish it was at that.

Schroeder (12 points, featuring a trey) along with Dan Jackson and Joe Harvey (11 points each) led Capac with double figure outputs. The remaining Chief points went to Jon Botwin and Bollaert (six apiece), Jon Carroll (four) and Chris Bruce (one).

Cameron Barrett paced Cros-Lex that evening. Barrett generated 22 points, including three field goals of the three-point variety.

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