Malden beats Kennett 45-44 in closing second of BHC seventh grade boys basketball championship

Saturday, December 8, 2018
Photo by Dustin Ward, staff
Pictured is the Malden seventh grade boys basketball team with its first-place plaque after beating Kennett 45-44 in the championship of the Bootheel Conference Tournament Saturday afternoon.

KENNETT, Mo. - The No. 1 seeded Malden Green Wave rallied from a 44-38 deficit in the closing minute of regulation to beat the No. 2 seeded Kennett Indians 45-44 in the seventh grade championship of the Bootheel Conference Tournament Saturday.

Quentin Kilgore knocked down one of three free throws after being fouled with less then one second remaining shooting a 3-pointer to seal the victory for Malden.

Malden led 13-10 after one quarter, Kennett led 22-21 at halftime and Malden led 33-31 at the start of the fourth quarter.

Marcus Burton paced Malden with 18 points. Quamerius Farmer also finished in double digits for the Green Wave with a dozen points.

Zy Taylor paced Kennett with 13 points. Ashton Williams added 12 points for Kennett.

Malden beat No. 5 seeded Portageville 43-38 Friday night to reach the championship. Kennett won its semifinal against No. 3 seeded South Pemiscot 41-32 Friday night.

No. 1 Malden 45, No. 2 Kennett 44

KHS 10 12 9 13 - 44

MHS 13 8 12 12 - 45

KENNETT (44) - Matthew Gardner 7, Zy Taylor 13, Chris Jefferson 3, Kaden Taylor 7, Omarion Hubbard 2, Ashton Williams 12. FG 18, FT 8/12, F 8. (3-pointers: None; Fouled out: None).

MALDEN (45) - Quentin Kilgore 3, Amerius White 8, Quamerius Farmer 12, Trey Miller 4, Marcus Burton 18. FG 21, FT 3/8, F 14. (3-pointers: None; Fouled out: None).

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