KIMBERLY – Ben Boots made the first of two free throws with 1.7 seconds left as Kimberly stung Oshkosh North, 40-39, in a Fox Valley Association boys basketball game on Friday night.
The Spartans (2-1) led most of the game until the Papermakers strung together a 5-0 spurt midway through the fourth quarter to take a 36-32 advantage.
Phillip Flory trimmed the deficit to two for North, but Boots — who paced Kimberly with 14 points — drained a 3-pointer to give Kimberly its biggest lead at 39-34.
Flory then hit one-of-two free throws before knocking down a jumper with 1:03 left to pull the Spartans back within two points. Austin Weyenberg then missed the front end of a bonus free throw situation for Kimberly and Seth Taylor made a runner in the lane with 27 seconds to tie the score.
Kimberly held for the final shot and Boots was able to draw the foul on Flory with just more than a second left.
Flory finished with 16 points while Taylor chipped in 12 for the Spartans, who went just 3-of-8 from the free-throw line in the game.
Oshkosh North…13 8 7 11 — 39
Kimberly…9 7 10 14 — 40
Oshkosh North: Bauer 2, Trochinski 2, Taylor 12, Madut 6, Flory 16, Marquardt 1. 3-pointers: 2 (Taylor, Flory). FTs: 3-8. Fouls: 11.
Kimberly: Johnson 4, Tessner 5, VanderBoom 3, Weyenberg 5, Boots 14, Chevalier 3, Jansen 6. 3-pointers: 6 (Boots 2, Tessner, VanderBoon, Weyenberg, Chevalier). FTs: 2-6. Fouls: 11.