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Finch's buzzer-beater gives Twin Springs overtime victory over Union

December 20th, 2011 11:28 pm by Dave Ongie

NICKELSVILLE — With one flick of Jared Finch’s wrist, all of Twin Springs’ second-half miscues were washed away.

Costly turnovers, poor shot selection and missed free throws seemed destined to sink the Titans on Tuesday night, but Finch salvaged a broken play by pulling the ball out of a scrum near the top of the key with time running out in overtime.

The 6-foot-8 senior then calmly stepped back and released a fadeaway 3-pointer from the top of the key that found nothing but nylon as the buzzer sounded to give the Titans a 62-60 victory over Union.

“Coach drew a play up to set a screen for me to come up high,” Finch said. “Our point guard penetrated down and threw a pass. We were lucky to get it back, and I just stepped back and shot it.”

As a result, the Titans (7-0) remained perfect in the most imperfect way possible. After leading by 12 points with 5:07 to play in the fourth quarter, Union closed the period on a 13-1 run to force overtime.

Twin Springs hit just 3 of its final 13 attempts from the foul line, committed a total of 12 turnovers and forced several shots at inopportune times in the final minutes to leave the door open for Union.

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