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Spartans tumble to Heartland

Published 1/23/2010

By KEVIN THOMPSON

sports@gctelegram.com

INGALLS — Losses are hard enough, but when they're really close, they're even tougher to swallow.

Of course, on the flipside, wins are great.

Unfortunately Deerfield felt the former while Heartland Christian of Colby savored the latter as the Spartans fell 48-44 in the Santa Fe Trail League tournament.

How they got there was easy to spot. After a 25-25 halftime score, Deerfield only dropped four baskets out of 11 tries in the third quarter, while Heartland hit 5-of-8 to outscore Deerfield 12-8. That quarter was the difference as both teams scored 11 in the fourth.

In the opening period, Deerfield went scoreless for 2:20, while the Crusaders went on a 7-0 run. In the second, Deerfield scored quickly off a turnover, Brennan Wood hit two buckets inside, and Cris Zamarripa got a magnanimous bank for a 3-pointer to take their first lead of the game at 20-19. Julio Gonzalez nailed another three to give them a 25-21 lead with 1:05 left in the half before Heartland hit two baskets late to tie it.

In the final period, Deerfield tied the game at 39 at the 4:31 mark after Wood drained two more short shots.

At 1:11 remaining, Ivan Robles hit a short jumper to get within two. A travel call gave the Spartans back the ball with :45 left. Ten seconds later, a loose ball went out of bounds in front of the Deerfield bench. The officials ruled it a turnover. A technical foul for arguing the call ensued, and Daniel Grace swished the two free throws to give Heartland a 46-44 lead and the ball.

Fouled with 11.6 seconds remaining, Grace hit both ends of his one-and-one to seal the win.

"We got a win with a lot of good defense," Heartland coach Randy Regier said. "Not a lot of offense, but it was a lot of spread out offense, and it went our way."

The Crusaders field a team of only six players, but Regier said that isn't really an issue.

"I have a very short bench," he dead-panned. "But you know, we've run up against a lot of teams that have 12 guys on the bench and they only play six."

Wood had 13 for Deerfield and Gonzalez added 10.

Deerfield looks to rebound when they face Moscow at 5 p.m.

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HEARTLAND CHRISTIAN (2-7) — Bear 2 0-2 4, Goosen 5 4-8 14, J. Myers 3 4-4 10, D. Myers 1 0-0 2, Grace 6 5-5 18. Totals 17 13-19 48.

DEERFIELD (5-7) — C. Martinez 1 0-0 2, B. Martinez 4 0-2 8, Robles 2 0-0 4, Zamarripa 1 0-0 3, Gonzalez 4 0-0 10, Dinkel 1 2-3 4, Wood 6 1-2 13. Totals 19 3-7 44.

H. Christian 14 11 12 11 -- 48

Deerfield 11 14 8 11 -- 44

3-pointers — Deerfield 3 (Gonzalez 2, Zamarripa 1); Heartland 1 (Grace 1)

Ingalls 34, Moscow 27

MOSCOW — Bohl 1 0-0 2, Granillo 1 0-0 2, Garcia 0 2-2 2, Roop 6 2-5 17, Manriquez 1 0-0 2, Cantu 0 2-2 2. Totals 9 8-9 27.

INGALLS -- Wendel 7 3-5 17, Vanderree 0 2-2 2, Batman 2 0-0 4, Brooks 2 0-0 4, Varela 2 0-0 4, Thompson 1 0-0 2. Totals 14 5-7 34.

Moscow 2 7 7 11 -- 27

Ingalls 12 6 6 10 -- 34

3-Point goals — Moscow 3 (Roop 3); Ingalls 0.

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