GUT PUNCH: Trojans lose to Tripoli, 50-49, on jumper at the buzzer

BLAIRSBURG – Carew Vogt made just one shot here Friday night, but it couldn’t have come at a better time.

The Tripoli freshman tossed up an off-balance 13-foot jumper a fraction of a second before the horn sounded and his team’s celebration started once it found the bottom of the net as it gave the Panthers a stunning 50-49 victory over Iowa Star Conference rival Northeast Hamilton.

The buzzer-beater finished off a big second half rally. The Panthers (10-7, 10-5 ISC) trailed 20-9 at intermission.

“This loss hurt,” NEH head coach John Seiser said.

NEH (7-10, 6-9 ISC) went in front, 49-48, on a traditional 3-point play from junior leader Logan Seiser with 2.6 seconds remaining, but two quick passes up the court to Vogt changed everything.

“We were very clear that no one gets by us, but that didn’t happen,” John Seiser said. “It’s too bad because we played pretty solid up to that point.”

Tripoli rallied by making six of its seven 3-point baskets in the second half, including four in the fourth quarter. Patric Benson drained four bombs and scored 15 points. Austin Newbrough had two and led the Panthers with 18.

Logan Seiser and Noah Ronnfeldt carried almost the entire weight offensively for the Trojans with 22 points each; they both yanked down 12 rebounds as well. Stephen Chamness added three points and Gabe Rapp had two.

Logan Seiser also collected four steals.

NEH will host ninth-ranked (Class 1A) Dunkerton on Tuesday. The Red Raiders wrapped up the conference championship on Thursday when they hammered the Trojans by 30, 55-25.