Reeder's last-second fling sinks
MATT BANEY OF THE TRIBUNE
copyright The Trib
When Danny Reeder leapt from the
Activity Center floor, he was
searching for a body to fly into.
The Westminster guard was hoping to
generate a spectacular collision --
the sort of jarring blow that might
make a referee toot his whistle.
But when Reeder couldn't find any
nearby targets, he was left with
only one option -- shooting the
Plan B worked beautifully. With
his team down by two points, the
5-foot-10 sophomore made a running,
double-clutch 3-pointer with
six-tenths of a second left to lift
the Griffins to a stunning Frontier
Conference victory Saturday night.
The 55-54 loss was a painful blow
for the Lewis-Clark State men's
basketball team. The Warriors either
led or were tied the entire second
half ... except for the final .6
seconds, of course.
"Well, what do you say? I thought
we defended him pretty good," L-C
coach Tim Walker said. "He hit a
tough shot; there's no other way
After going 13 months without a
loss at the Activity Center, the
Warriors have dropped two
consecutive home games. They are now
.500 for the season -- 12-12 overall
and 5-5 in conference.
But throughout the second half,
L-C seemed destined to stymie the
14th-ranked Griffins. After an
anemic four-point effort in the
previous game, junior point guard
Jonathan Burnett pumped in 24
Burnett's last two points came
from the line with six seconds left.
Those makes broke a tie, giving the
Warriors a 54-52 edge.
The Griffins (18-5, 8-2)
inbounded the ball to Reeder, who
zoomed down the left side of the
court. As he approached the 3-point
circle, two Warriors came toward
"And I thought maybe I could try
to draw the foul -- jump into
somebody," Reeder said. "But I
couldn't do that. So I shot it, and
Reeder jumped from outside the
3-point line, and his momentum
carried him inside the arc before he
released the ball. But the basket
was still worth three points.
Although the Warriors had to
inbound from under Westminster's
basket with less than a second
remaining, they actually got a
decent look. Chris Pitts' long
inbound heave found Charles Brooks
standing on the 3-point line. Brooks
soared over two Griffins for the
ball, then turned and launched a
jumper. But it rimmed out.
For a time, neither club could
muster any clutch play. With the
Warriors up 50-49, three minutes
went by without a point being
"If we could have taken advantage
of a lot of opportunities there,
instead of being up two or three in
the last minute, we might have been
up five or six," Walker said.
"Obviously, that might have made a
The Warriors were at their best
at the end of the first half. They
closed that period with a 9-0 flurry
in the last 2 1/2 minutes, which
gave them a 32-29 halftime edge.
But all LCSC highlight were
trumped by Reeder, who finished with
14 points and six assists.
"I've made normal shots, but
nothing like that," he said of his
game-winner. "I'm going to have to
watch that on film and see what that
NOTES -- Reeder's bomb came from
almost the exact spot on the court
where Carroll's Jolene Fuzesy hit a
game-winner from one week earlier.
Fuzesy's 3-pointer with 4.6 second
left lifted the Saints to a 58-57
win over the LCSC women.
WESTMINSTER (18-5, 8-2)
Ruiz 5-9 0-0 11, Sholly 0-7 0-0
0, Reeder 5-7 1-2 14, Barton 1-1 0-0
2, Booth 5-10 2-3 13, Holcombe 1-2
2-2 5, Jacobs 0-0 0-0 0, Olson 4-5
0-0 10. Totals 21-41 5-7 55.
LEWIS-CLARK STATE (12-12, 5-5)
Tikker 1-4 0-1 2, Pitts 2-8 2-3
6, Scarbrough 2-7 0-0 5, Bishop 2-4
0-2 5, Burnett 8-15 4-6 24, Durrett
4-10 0-0 8, Brooks 0-2 0-0 0,
Thompson 0-1 0-0 0, Ward 0-2 0-0 0,
Harris 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 21-55 6-12
Halftime score -- LCSC 32,
Westminster 29. Three-point goals --
Westminster 8-17 (Ruiz 1-4, Sholly
0-5, Reeder 3-3, Booth 1-1, Holcome
1-1, Olson 2-3); LCSC 6-12 (Scarbrough
1-3, Bishop 1-1, Burnett 4-7, Brooks
0-1). Rebounds -- Westminster 28
(Booth 10); LCSC 29 (Pitts 12).
Assists -- Westminster 16 (Ruiz,
Reeder 6); LCSC 9 (Bishop 3). Total
fouls -- Westminster 14; LCSC 14.
Technical fouls -- none. Fouled out