The Eagles boys saw their season come to an end as their offense fell apart in the final six minutes of their Sectional game with the Mountain Grove Panthers.

The Eagles owned a 65-57 lead with six minutes to play, but could not muster another field goal until less than a minute to play and the Panthers had the lead. The Panthers went on a 15-3 run to win the game 72-68.

Eagles senior Spencer Taggart

The offensive drought was mystifying to players, fans and Eagles coaches.

“We had great opportunities and didn’t finish,” said Eagles coach Andy Jahnsen. “You have to hit shots down the stretch. Our kids played their tails off and you have to give Mountain Grove credit they hit a lot of shots. It’s just one of those things that goes one way or the other.”

SoBoCo built their lead behind Sam Stichnote’s layups and a 3-pointer by Zane Safely. Holding an 8-point lead with six minutes left, the Panthers called a time out, but didn’t change their offense or defense, they continued to attack the basket – and the Eagles could not get shots to fall.

A Stichnote layup bounced around the iron and fell out, a Maguire Scheer 3-pointer hit the top of the rim, a fell out and a pair of put-backs off offensive rebounds rolled around the rim and fell out. Mountain Grove took advantage by getting a 3-pointer by Cade Coffman and a pair of baskets inside the paint. When Safely fouled out with 53 seconds left, the Panthers took a 68-66 lead.

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By Bruce Wallace