Saturday, February 4, 2023

VHS Eagles triumph over Cobden

Nathan Gearing of Vienna on the jump ball. Photo by Scott Wright.

The Vienna High School boy’s basketball team picked up a 62-60 win over Cobden on Tuesday of last week at Vienna. Quinnton Bent scored on a drive with three seconds left for the victory.  Vienna’s record now stands at 2-4 for the season.

The Eagles started the game with a 7-0 run on a three-pointer by Dylan Graves and two buckets by Nathan Gearing. Cobden rallied to get within 10-9 at the 3:32 mark before Graves, Gearing and Bent combined to score nine straight points, giving Vienna a 19-9 lead. The Eagles led 19-14 after the first quarter.  Vienna pushed its lead to 28-20 with 2:20 left in the second period, but the Appleknockers closed the frame with a 6-0 run to narrow the gap to 28-26 at halftime.

Quinnton Bent taking and making the winning shot with one second to go in varsity game against Cobden. Photo by Scott Wright.

The Eagles outscored Cobden 10-4 over the first three minutes of the third quarter to extend their lead to 38-30. The Appleknockers then put together a 7-0 run to get within 38-37, with 3:24 left in the period.  A jump shot by Bent that just beat the buzzer gave Vienna a 47-44 lead heading into the final frame.  Cobden began the quarter with a 10-2 spurt that put them ahead 54-49 with about five minutes to play.  Bent then hit a three-pointer and Gearing made two free throws to tie it up at 54-54.  The Appleknockers had a 60-58 lead until a pair of free throws by Bent tied it at 60-60 with 1:00 left, setting the stage for his game winning basket.

Gearing was the game’s top scorer with 23 points, while Cobden’s Chapman had 22 points. Graves (19 points), and Bent (16 points) also hit double figures for the Eagles. Austin Krelo and Dominick Tedeschi with two points each rounded out the scoring for Vienna.

Up next for Vienna: Friday (Dec. 7) home vs. Hamilton County; Tuesday (Dec. 11) at Pope County.

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