BUZZER BEATER! Olson, Lynx stun Go-Hawks
Senior hits running 3 in final second; Eklund returns to form with 19 points
WAVERLY — The moment is never too big for Tyler Olson. Not on the football field, not on the baseball diamond, and after Saturday’s showing, not on the basketball court either.
Webster City’s multiple-sport all-state athlete beat the buzzer with a dagger straight to the heart of Waverly-Shell Rock, as his running 3-pointer from the top of the key in the final second delivered the Lynx a 53-52 upset win over the Go-Hawks.
Trailing by one with three seconds on the clock, Olson took the pass from Ty McKinney on an out of bounds play near midcourt. He dribbled once to his right, crossed over Waverly-Shell Rock’s Hogan Hansen, dribbled twice toward the center of the floor and let it fly.
Nothing. But. Net.
“At that point, it was get the ball in Tyler’s hands and let him do his thing,” WCHS head coach Marty McKinney said. “That running 3-pointer, it’s not a natural thing for most people, but that’s just as natural to Tyler as a regular jump shot.
“The moment is never too big for Tyler. He’s wired that way to not let the pressure get to him. He stepped up and made a great play.”
That’s the play that everyone will remember. But McKinney says it took the entire team to get WCHS (3-4) in position to beat the Go-Hawks (7-4), who surrendered 50 points for just the second time this season.
“Tyler made a great play at the buzzer, but everything we did up to that point gave us a chance to have that great play,” he said. “We rebounded well, we had a lot less turnovers than in other games … it was doing all of the little things that gave us an opportunity to win that game.”
WCHS led 26-22 at the half and 37-35 after three quarters. W-SR seized the advantage midway through the fourth and opened up a four-point lead, but the Lynx refused to wilt down the stretch. And, boy, was this needed following a second-half meltdown against Clear Lake eight days earlier, followed by a disastrous showing in a road loss to Southeast Valley earlier in the week.
“All eight guys that got in the game battled and we needed this,” McKinney said. “The last three days in practice is where they started to make those steps, so I give the kids a lot of credit. They’ve been focused.”
Getting senior guard Tavis Eklund healthy was a big part of the win. He returned to the court for the first time since December against Southeast Valley and looked like the Eklund of old against W-SR. He knocked down 7 of 10 shots, including 4 of 6 from outside the 3-point arc, en route to a game-high 19 points.
“That was a hole since he went down because you don’t replace a kid that can shoot like he does,” McKinney said of Eklund. “Getting him back and getting him healthy opens so many things for us offensively.”
Jamin Stuhr scored in double figures for the second straight time, as the Lynx junior forward popped off for 11 points to go along with six rebounds.
Ty McKinney and Olson did a little bit of everything. McKinney produced seven points and six rebounds, while Olson finished with six points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals. Trey Lyons also contributed eight points, six of them coming from behind the arc.
Caleb Burke (15 points), Hansen (10 points) and Keaton Farmer (10 points) all scored in double figures for the Go-Hawks.
WCHS will be back on the road Tuesday night to take on North Central Conference rival Humboldt.
Webster City 53, Waverly-SR 52
Saturday at Waverly
Webster City (3-4) — Tyler Olson 2 0-0 6, Devon Stoakes 0 0-0 0, Ty McKinney 3 1-3 7, Trey Lyons 3 0-0 8, Tavis Eklund 7 1-2 19, Jaime Grossoehme 0 0-0 0, Jamin Stuhr 4 3-4 11, Beau Klaver 0 2-2 2. Totals: 19 7-11 53.
Waverly-SR (7-4) — Keaton Farmer 3 3-3 10, Elijah Davis 0 0-0 0, Cole Marsh 2 0-0 5, Hogan Hansen 3 2-2 10, Jacob Kruse 0 3-4 3, Kaiser Luck 1 0-0 2, Asa Newsom 3 1-2 7, Caleb Burks 6 3-6 15. Totals: 18 12-17 52.
Web City 13 13 11 16 — 53
Waverly-SR 9 13 13 17 — 52
3-point field goals — WC 8 (Eklund 4, Olson 2, Lyons 2); W-SR 4 (Hansen 2, Farmer, Marsh). Rebounds — WC 22 (Stuhr 6, McKinney 6, Olson 5). Steals — WC 4 (Olson 3). Assists — WC 13 (Olson 4). Turnovers — WC 11. Team fouls — WC 12, W-SR 11. Fouled out — none.