Junior Raushaun Amos (St. Louis, Missouri / Soldan) had a career night with 10 rebounds, seven assists, and five points but the Blackburn men's basketball team fell 73-71 in an exhilarating finish at Spalding on Saturday.
The Golden Eagles led 6-0 early before the Beavers tied the game, 20-20, capped off with a three-point shot from freshman Cristian Wagner (San Diego, California / Rancho Bernardo) with 11:53 remaining in the period. With 13 seconds left in the half, Jerry Coleman made a tough layup to give Spalding a 38-36 lead into halftime.
Blackburn led 52-45 with 13:47 to play before Spalding scored six unanswered points to cut the lead to one with 11:09 on the clock. A layup from Tim Marston (Murphysboro, Illinois / Murphysboro) brought the Beavers lead back up to seven before Spalding’s Dominique Ellis provided a spark with five consecutive points to bring the lead within two with 5:13 remaining.
A jump shot from Nigel Ferrell (St. Louis, Missouri / Lift for Life Academy) gave BC a 71-66 lead with 2:00 to play, but a three-point shot from Ellis the very next play cut the lead to two. The Golden Eagles would then go on a 4-0 run to take a two-point lead with 0:06 left. After a BC timeout, Amos would be inbounded the ball but unfortunately, have it stolen from him by Ellis. The final score was 73-71 to Spalding.
Blackburn finished shooting 27 of 57 (47.4 percent) from the field and 10 of 28 (35.7 percent) from beyond the arc. The Beavers also had 33 rebounds and 19 assists.
UP NEXT: Blackburn travels to play Principia at their home court Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 7:30 p.m.