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Verona falls short in upset bid at Spokane

Monday, January 21, 2013

The eighth-seeded Verona Wildcats came within two critical calls of upsetting the top-seeded Spokane Owls in the Spokane Invitational on Jan. 15.

The Owls held on for the 50-43 victory.

The tournament had already witnessed two of its top four seeded teams suffer upsets.

The second-seeded Marionville Comets fell 69-45 to seventh-seeded Springfield Catholic. Fifth-seeded Reeds Spring dismantled fourth-seeded Cassville 57-18.

Only the third-seed Purdy Eagles held true with a 67-56 win over Blue Eye

Verona led 18-12 at the end of the first period and 25-23 at halftime.

The Wildcats used five 3-pointers from Ascencion Estrada to counter the Owls' inside scoring.

Spokane took a 33-31 lead into the final period.

Trailing by 2 points with 30 seconds remaining, Verona appeared to tie the game with a steal and a layup. However, a traveling violation wiped the points off the board.

The Wildcats then stole the inbounds pass and scored again only to have the points removed by a delayed reaching foul.

"The second whistle was a tough call against us," said Verona coach Brad Stewart. "We played great defensively and the boys gave themselves a chance to upset the top-seed."

Scoring for Verona: Ascencion Estrada, 22 points; Seth Losack, 13; Brent Downs, 5; and Tomas Estrada, 3.

Verona continues tournament action in Spokane on today against Cassville. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m.

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