Jarrod Springston is cold blooded.
Facing a downtrodden Great Bend boys basketball team, Springston held his Garden City team’s hopes in his hands at the free-throw line with 6 seconds remaining in Friday’s WAC game in Great Bend.
The Buffaloes were down a point when Springston went to the line, and he was able to hold back his nerves to sink both to send the Buffs to a 39-38 win, rallying from down 6 in the fourth quarter.
The Buffs improved to 6-1 overall and 1-0 in the WAC, while Great Bend fell to 1-7. Garden City played just seven players, and Springstod led all scorers with 12 points on 5 of 10 from the field.
Kyler Lamb, who missed the final two games of the fall semester, returned and added eight points and nine rebounds. Carlos Acosta, the team’s leading scorer, was held to just seven points. Devon McKee added seven off the bench.
The Buffs trailed by as many as 6, falling behind 38-32 with 3:49 remaining. But Jackson Dirks got a bucket and a free throw off the foul, and Lamb made a pair of free throws to pull the Buffs within 1 with a little more than a minute to play.
That set up Springston’s heart-stopping free throws, and the senior sunk them.
The Buffs now host Liberal on Tuesday for their next action.