Butler's late follow saves Bulldogs

By Steve Sell
November 04, 2016

Upon further review...

A wild ending to McPherson College’s men’s basketball game with Haskell here Friday night produced two different results.

Thomas Butler’s follow shot with 3.2 seconds left gave the Bulldogs a 59-58 lead, but a Haskell shot at the buzzer was good. One official called it good, but the other two quickly came up to confer and it was ruled no good.

Most observers were in agreement that the shot clearly came after the buzzer, though Haskell probably didn’t see it that way.

So the Bulldogs moved to 2-0 as they overcame an 11-point deficit.

“I thought it definitely came after the buzzer, I really didn’t think it was that close,” Mac coach Tim Swartzendruber said. “We’ve got some good shooters on this team, but we didn’t shoot the ball well tonight, especially the first half. I was just pleased that we hung around and hung around and found a way to win.”

The Bulldogs were unsightly in the first half, scoring a minuscule 16 points to trail by 11. They were 6 of 28 from the field.

But a hot streak by Aaron Bachura rallied the ‘Dogs. Down 58-57, Chris Crook took a late shot for Mac and missed, but Butler was there with a powerful and athletic putback to complete a great night for him with 16 points, making 8 of 10 floor shots.

Bachura had five 3s and scored 15. Crook tallied 11.

Mac will play Bacone at 6 p.m. Saturday to complete the Classic.

Mac (59) — Butler 16, Henson 8, Bachura 15, Raleigh 4, Crook 11, O’Hara 2, Gurley 3.

Haskell (58) — Hill 3, Moudy 2, Elledge 12, Johnson 3, Sequoia 17, Little 3, Brinson 7, Hendricks 5, Bruns 6.