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HC Falls In Classic Final

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In the Championship game of the Huntington College Ness Bros. Hall of Fame Classic, the Geneva College Golden Tornadoes upset the Huntington College Foresters 92-90 in overtime.  Down 13 with six minutes remaining in the first half, the Foresters battled their way back and found themselves within one at 43-42 going into halftime.  It was a knock-down, drag-out battle in the second half, and even though the Foresters led most of the period, the Golden Tornadoes refused to quit and tied the game 78-78 with just three seconds remaining.  Huntington’s Kyle Ganton missed a 3-point attempt as time expired.  In the overtime period, the seesaw battle waged on with neither team able to establish a safe lead.  A layup and a free throw from Alex Kock gave the Foresters a 90-89 lead with just 38 seconds left to play.  Geneva worked the ball around to get Nate Conley a layup attempt.  He missed the shot, but grabbed his own rebound and laid it in on his second try.  Ganton missed a jumper at the other end and Huntington was forced to foul.  Matt Small hit one of two from the line to give the Golden Tornadoes a 92-90 lead, and Seth Lochmueller’s jumper at the buzzer was off the mark.  Huntington was lead by sophomores Koch, who finished with 31 points and 11 rebounds, and Ganton who added 18 points and three rebounds.  Geneva’s Tim Sawyer, named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, lead the Golden Tornadoes with 28 points. Joining Sawyer on the All-Tournament team were HC’s Kock and Ganton, Geneva’s Conley, Siena Heights Lloyd Cowles and Trinity International’s Jared Keiffer.  With the loss the Foresters fall to 5-3 on the season.