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Lights out: Colts race past Tigers, overcome power outage to snap 2-game skid

SIERRA VISTA — Even a lengthy power outage couldn’t stop the Buena High School boys basketball team from trampling the Tigers of Marana on Friday night.

The Colts handed the Tigers their fifth loss of the season, taking a convincing 71-39 win in Sierra Vista.

What started out as an electric atmosphere as the band played and the student section filled with cowboys and cowgirls for country-theme night didn’t end that way.

However, it did propel the home squad to a good start to the game. Buena scored the first two points of the game but they were answered by a made three-pointer by Marana.

With 5:10 on the clock, Jaylen McFadden hit his only three of the game to give the Colts a two-point lead back. Both offenses stalled until the latter half of the quarter.

Buena bumped its advantage to 10-5 with 2:30 left in the opening eight minutes.

The Colts offense carried on in the next minute of play as they added four more points to their score, which prompted a timeout by Marana with 1:30 left in the quarter.

Buena held a 17-14 advantage at the end of the first frame.

The Tigers offense clicked in the early stages of the second quarter, as they battled to cut the Colts eight-point lead to just a bucket just over a minute into the frame.

Buena head coach Dave Glasgow called a timeout with the score 16-14 and 6:58 showing on the clock.

The Colts knocked down nine unanswered points out of the timeout to extend their advantage to 25-14. Buena tacked on 10 points and Marana added five points to their score in the final 2:27 of the half.

The home team led 36-20 at the intermission. Then things got even more interesting.

Just over a minute into the third quarter, the lights in the gym went out and the backup generator kicked in. The school was part of a power outage that affected many places throughout Sierra Vista.

After waiting an extended amount of time for the power to return, an announcement was made for fans to carefully leave the gym, as the game had be postponed. However, with the Colts players in the locker room and the Tigers packing up their belongings, the lights came back on and play resumed after a 10-minute warm up.

The game picked up with Buena ahead 41-20 at just after 8:30 p.m. The Colts didn’t miss a beat as they increased their lead to 46-22 with 3:55 left in the third quarter. Marana cut the deficit to 20 points with 1:25 on the clock, but Buena was still up 57-33 heading into the final eight minutes.

The fourth quarter was played with a running clock, which didn’t allow much time for the Tigers to dig into their deficit.

Buena held Marana to six points in the quarter. With the starters taking a seat, the Colt bench players saw time on the court.

The Colts added 10 points to their score for a coveted win to snap a two-game losing streak.

Senior Kino Bellinger led Buena with 16 points. Jovany Featherston and McFadden each chipped in with 14 points. Grant Ward added 10 for the home team.

The Colts are now 8-3 in PowerPoint games, and are ranked 11th in the 5A Conference. They return to action Tuesday when they travel to Nogales for a matchup with the Apaches.


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