By KEVIN THOMPSON
INGALLS — You'll have to forgive coach Buth Nally if he didn't seem too gregarious Friday night.
After all, he had just watched his Ingalls squad overcome a nine-point third quarter deficit with a gritty effort in the fourth quarter, only to see his team fall to Moscow 42-40 in Santa Fe Trail League action.
And the loss left him searching for answers as to how, after a 3-0 start, his team just dropped their sixth straight game.
Down 36-27 going into the final period, Dalton Brooks hit his second 3-pointer of the night to cut the gap to three. Ismael Flores followed with a layup off his own rebound.
Landon Vandarree then hit a bucket and Kaleb Batman banked a 3-pointer off the backboard to get within three with three minutes to go.
Jonatan Manriquez scored with 1:52 left after chasing down a loose ball in the backcourt, then Vandarree hit a three of his own. Bulldogs down two.
With 1:00 on the clock following a timeout, Brooks hit another shot for the 40-40 tie.
Then with 41.5 seconds showing, Moscow missed the front end of a free throw. Marty Wendel grabbed the rebound. Ingalls brought the ball down court. With 23 seconds left, Nally tried to call timeout to set a play, but instead his team was whistled for a moving screen.
Moscow got the ball back, and Breck Roop hit a floating layup for the 42-20 lead.
Wendel dribbled the inbounds pass the length of the court, but the Wildcats stole it back. With 1.5 seconds left, Moscow missed another front-end shot.
A Hail Mary pass to the other end with just a second left ricocheted out of bounds and Moscow had the win.
Afterwards, Wildcats coach Brett Harp couldn't be happier.
The win avenges a one-point loss to Ingalls early in the season.
Harp said the game plan was to prevent the 6-foot-5 Wendel from hurting them. That help came early as Angel Varela hit all eight of Ingalls' first-quarter points. He scored four more the next quarter, but the Moscow defense held him to just two points the rest of the game.
Alfredo Cantu led Moscow with 13 points, the only Wildcat to score in double figures.
Varela led Ingalls with 14 points.
Both teams are in action next week in the league tournament.
Moscow 42, Ingalls 40
MOSCOW (5-4) — Bohl 1 0-0 2, Grannillo 3 3-5 9, Garcia 2 0-0 4, Flores 2 0-1 4, Roop 4 0-3 8, Manriquez 1 0-0 2, Cantu 4 4-7 13. Totals 17 7-16 42.
INGALLS (3-6) — Wendel 2 0-2 4, Vandarree 2 0-0 5, Baman 3 2-2 9, Brooks 2 0-0 6, Varela 7 0-1 14, Thompson 0 2-2 2. Totals 16 4-7 40.
Moscow 8 14 14 6 -- 42
Ingalls 9 12 7 13 -- 40
3-Point goals — Moscow 1 (Cantu 1); Ingalls 4 (Vandarree 1, Batman 1, Brooks 2).