SISTERS — With 20 seconds remaining in the game, Sisters had fought back to get within a point of visiting Burns.
But the Outlaws could get no closer, falling 55-52 Friday night in a nonleague boys basketball game.
After his team trailed by as many as seven points in the fourth quarter, senior Zach Anderson scored in the paint to get Sisters within 53-52. Forced to foul, the Outlaws sent Burns to the free-throw line, where junior Dakota Ceja made both ends of a one-and-one to extend the Hilanders’ lead back to three points.
With a chance to tie at the other end, Sisters lost the ball on an unforced turnover.
When Burns then missed the first of a one-and-one, the Outlaws drove to the basket instead of attempting a tying 3-pointer and Brad Eagan’s shot rimmed out as time expired.
“We made a lot of mental mistakes and we didn’t execute,” Sisters coach Rand Runco said. “We were trying super hard and didn’t get it done.”
Powered by its 3-point shooting, Class 3A Burns (9-2) led for most of the night.
The Hilanders made five 3-pointers in the first half to take a 30-27 lead into intermission.
“I think we were surprised by that,” Runco said of Burns’ success from long range.
Class 4A Sisters led only twice in the game, 8-7 on a Noah Richards basket with 2:55 remaining in the first quarter and then 27-26 on two free throws by Ryan Waddell with 2:46 to go in the second quarter.
“Offensively we didn’t execute really well and they (Burns) played a good game,” Runco said.
For the Outlaws, Waddell finished with 15 points and Richards had 12. Anderson added 10 points, including eight in the second half.
Ceja scored 17 points for Burns to lead all scorers.
The loss was Sisters’ third straight after winning five in a row.
“We’ve got to get back to business and fight through it,” Runco said of his team’s recent slide. “It came pretty easy at first and now we’ve got to work. We’ve got to work harder.”
The Outlaws (5-4) will host the Sisters Holiday Tournament next week.
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