Woodbury boys basketball: Royals sunk by Stillwater in final seconds
The Woodbury boys basketball team fell to Suburban East Conference foe Stillwater on a basket with 6.1 seconds left on Friday, Jan. 7, in Woodbury.
After leading 22-18 at the half and 34-25 with 12:20 remaining in the game, the Royals (3-5; 2-1 SEC) lost its lead when Stillwater senior forward Jake Malwitz got an offensive rebound and scored on a putback to give the Ponies a 44-43 advantage with 6.1 seconds on the clock. Woodbury's three-point attempt at the buzzer rang out.
Stillwater (5-4; 1-2 SEC) chipped away at Woodbury's lead throughout the second half. After being down nine points with 12:20 left in the second half, the Ponies went on a 7-0 run and had a chance to tie the game with 6:50 remaining, but went 0-2 on the line. Woodbury junior forward Connor McKeen then hit two free throws to put the Royals up by four points, ending a scoreless drought of nearly six minutes.
Stillwater did finally tie the game 37-37 as Joe Zorn scored an "and one" and hit his free throw with 5:57 remaining.
However, after the Ponies missed a three-point shot, Woodbury led 43-42 with 40 seconds remaining. After a timeout, Woodbury was fouled on three straight inbounds plays and went into the bonus. But, the Royals missed the front end of a one-and-one with 30.2 seconds left and Stillwater came down with the rebound, then went down the floor and hit the final basket.
Junior guard Ryan Fritze had a team-high 11 points and senior Andrew Ayeni had 10 points for Woodbury in the loss. Additionally, McKeen chipped in eight points.
On the year, Fritze is second on the Royals in scoring with a 13.8 points per game average. McKeen is third at 10.8 points per game. Junior Rickey Suggs leads the team in scoring at 14.5 points per game.
Next, Woodbury plays host to No. 7-ranked SEC foe Cretin-Derham Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 11, at Woodbury High School.