SWEET SPRINGS — The Sweet Springs Greyhounds will have to wait another year to end their 41-year district championship drought.
In a game that was close from the start, the third-seeded Santa Fe Chiefs beat second-seeded Sweet Springs 77-74 in triple overtime on Tuesday night in the semifinals of the Class 2, District 14 boys basketball tournament.
Sweet Springs last won a district championship in 1972.
The Chiefs (17-9) will face top-seeded Sacred Heart in the championship game, which is scheduled for
7:30 p.m. Thursday at Sweet Springs High School.
The score was tied at 12 after one quarter and 20 at halftime. Sweet Springs
(19-9) took a 38-37 lead into the final quarter, where the Chiefs scored nine-straight points to overtake Sweet Springs, which had built a six-point lead on Jeffery Hall’s baseline jumper. Chad Tieman scored eight of those nine points and finished with a game-high 21 points.
The Chiefs’ run gave them a 51-48 lead, but Jacob Schowengerdt tied the score at 51 on a 3-point play with 1:52 to go. Tieman made two free throws with 35.9 seconds left, and Schowengerdt’s two free throws with 12.6 second remaining forced overtime.
Schowengerdt, who did not score a point in the first half, finished with 21 points.
Each team scored five points in the first overtime and eight in the second.
Spencer Thomas put the Greyhounds in front with a layup to start the third overtime, but the Chiefs’ Keaton Graf responded with a
3-pointer and a layup off a Sweet Springs turnover to give them a 71-68 lead.
The Chiefs held the lead for the remainder of the game. Sweet Springs climbed within one point three times. Ben Hinz, who scored 14 points, made two free throws with 7.9 seconds left, but the Greyhounds still had a shot to force a fourth overtime.
Hall, who scored a game-high 32 points, attempted a 3-pointer at the buzzer, but his shot glanced off the rim.
Graf (14 points), Truman Sleeper (13) and Andrew Curry (12) were the third, fourth and fifth Santa Fe players to score in double figures.