Logansport’s Bo Bullard missed two free throws in a tie game with two minutes to go and another with 34 seconds left and his team leading by one.
But when it mattered most, the Berries senior calmly swished two from the charity stripe with less than a second left in Logansport’s 44-41 win over McCutcheon at Resler Gymnasium.
“I just tried to step up with the same mindset I always take and not think about the pressure,” Bullard said. “I had my teammates supporting me. Everyone told me not to worry about it, we’re in the gym every day and it’s 10 out of 10. Just do your thing.”
Logansport’s win snaps McCutcheon’s five-game winning streak.
Shots that have fallen all season for the Mavericks simply would not on Saturday night. McCutcheon made just 17 of 47 field goals.
“It’s just one of those nights where nothing’s going in for us. Three-point shots were bad. Free throws were bad. The shots just didn’t fall,” McCutcheon coach Rick Peckinpaugh said. “We are a better shooting team than that.
“Whether it is just a letdown from (Friday) night playing at Harrison, a big conference game, our crosstown rival, or just one of those nights where sometimes you get the bear and tonight the bear got us, we just didn’t shoot well.”
Six of those 17 made baskets came in the final seven minutes, when McCutcheon rallied to take a 41-39 lead. Logansport’s lead at one time was 31-19 late in the third quarter, and Jayson Higgins’ putback with 5:56 to go put the Berries ahead 39-32.
The Mavericks responded with a 9-0 run that included seven straight points from junior center Trevor Lockwood. Michael Southern gave McCutcheon the lead on his drive to the basket with 1:41 to go, but couldn’t connect on the free throw to complete a three-point play.
Fourteen seconds later, Higgins sank a 3 from the corner to regain the lead for the Berries (5-3) at 42-41. Higgins made 4 of 6 treys and scored a game-high 16 points. Andrew Wamsley came off the bench to score eight points, and the two Logansport reserves were a combined 10-for-15 shooting. The rest of the team was 8 for 30, including star guard Antonio Penny’s 4-of-17 night.
“We’re all interchangeable. Starter doesn’t mean anything in our lineup,” Bullard said. “We have seven guys who can play, and some nights some guys are on and some nights other guys are on.”
McCutcheon drew up a play to get Lockwood the ball in the paint late in the fourth quarter, but instead lost possession when Nate Deno fired a double-clutch 3-pointer that Bullard rebounded with seven-tenths of a second remaining. After Bullard’s two free throws, Lockwood missed a long 3-pointer.
Lockwood contributed a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Tre’Shon Heard scored 10 for McCutcheon (5-2), which has suffered both of its losses at home.