Big fourth lifts Bobcats past Gators

Published: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 01:44 AM.

An Austin Carnley 3-pointer with 12 seconds gone in the second quarter sparked a 10-0 Bobcat run.

Taylor’s second 3-pointer of the night with 3:20 left in the first half closed the Bobcat lead back to seven points, but Baker (1-3) wasn’t able to make up any ground the rest of the quarter as Paxton led 30-21 at the half.

The Gators came alive in the third quarter as Justin Morgan hit two quick 3s. When Taylor bagged his third bucket of the night from beyond the arch the game was tied 30-30.

Paxton regained the lead on back-to-back baskets by Grant Stewart and Zach Varnum. Baker came right back with a 3-pointer by Austin Hicks and a basket by Stroheker.

The teams traded baskets in the closing moments of the third quarter. A three-point play by Hicks off a steal gave Baker a 40-39 lead with 17 seconds left in the third quarter, but the lead didn’t last long. Stewart scored with four seconds left in the quarter to put the Bobcats in front for good.

Stewarts’ basket started a 10-0 run that carried into the fourth quarter. An Anderson basket early in the fourth quarter was sandwiched between a pair of Stewart 3-pointers. A Carnley basket completed the run that was only interrupted by a Martin free throw for Baker.

Martin’s free throw ended a Gator scoring drought that lasted more than four minutes. By the time Morgan scored again for Baker the Bobcats were up 57-43 and had the game well in hand.

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