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West hits last second shots to beat Kahoks in regional

By Mark Jurgena

COLLINSVILLE — Belleville West had beaten Belleville East in the regional semifinals on a buzzer-beater Feb. 21.

Apparently, they gained confidence from that.

West hit three, yes three, last-second shots to beat Collinsville in double overtime to win the championship two nights later.

The Maroons tied the game at 50-all by hitting a 3-pointer with one second remaining to end regulation. They tied the game at 54-all just before the buzzer ended the first overtime. 

Then Daylen Byrd buried a 15-foot jumper from the right side of the lane just before the buzzer sounded to give Belleville West a 58-56 win in the championship game of the Class 4A Granite City Regional on Feb. 23.

West, winners of 12 of their last 14 games, moved to 19-13 on the year. They advanced to play Quincy in the Pekin Sectional tournament. The game was played Tuesday night in O’Fallon however results were unavailable at press time. 

Collinsville finished the season at 28-5. It was the fifth regional title game appearance in a row for the Kahoks.

“He shot it over (6-9 Zach) Chambers and (6-6 Stanley) Carnahan, we just got stretched out there a little bit,” said CHS coach Darin Lee of the CHS zone defense on the final shot. 

That ending was in stark contrast to the beginning of the contest.

Collinsville got off to a 15-3 start after one quarter of play. 

The Kahoks went 7-for-11 from the field in the quarter or 63.6 percent while the Maroons were only 1-for-15 that’s seven percent for the eight minutes.

Collinsville got out to a 6-0 start before West took the first of two timeouts in the quarter. 

The final bucket in that run was a 10-footer from the right side of the lane by Jamorie Wysinger. The two points raised his career total to 1,000 to become the 28th Kahok in boys basketball history to reach the milestone and the second this season. Fellow senior Nick Horras also hit the plateau earlier in February.

After the time-out, West immediately buried a three but the Kahoks went on a 9-0 run thanks to a three from Nick Horras and buckets from Wysinger, Carnahan and Chambers.

Chambers also contributed on the defensive end with four blocked shots during the opening quarter.

However, to start the second things changed as West went on their own 6-0 run forcing the Kahoks to call a time-out. Afterward, the Maroons continued making their run 12-0 and tied the game at 15-all.

The rest of the half saw three ties and four lead changes with Tyree Brister hitting a putback bucket at the buzzer to give CHS a 23-21 lead heading into the locker room.

In the second half, Collinsville led by as many as 11 points in the third, but the Maroons went on a 12-2 run to cut the lead to 39-38 early in the fourth.

  With the Maroons leading 47-45, Chambers hit a free throw to close the gap to one before Brister hit a layup with 58 seconds to play to give Collinsville at 48-47 lead. 

Wysinger sank a pair of free throws with 20.6 seconds to play to give CHS a three-point lead before West sent the game into OT.

In the first overtime, Chambers and Brister hit Collinsville’s buckets with Wysinger hitting a pair of free throws for the Kahoks only points in the second extra session.

For the game, Wysinger had 15 points while Chambers scored 11. Horras tossed in 10.

Chambers grabbed eight birds while Reynolds had five assists.

Semifinal win

Jamorie Wysinger had been struggling on offense.

His last three games produced a total of 25 points.

Until Granite City.

The Kahok senior went off for a career high 34 points to help lead Collinsville to a 61-53 win over the host school at the Class 4A Granite City Regional semifinal on Feb. 21.

Wysinger went 13-for-20 shooting including three shots from distance and 10-for-13 from the free throw line.

“He was able to get by them by driving,” said Lee. “He played a heck of a game and did a lot of things well. He had that career high, shot it well, got to the basket and made free throws.”

Chambers added a double-double to the effort with 12 points and 11 rebounds then contributed three blocked shots. 

Chase Reynolds had five assists and three steals while Carnahan collected nine rebounds.

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