Thursday in Walnut was a rough night for Bruce basketball at the Region 2-2A tournament. The Lady Trojans lost to a team they had beaten twice in the regular season and the top seeded Trojans were upset in overtime in a bizarre ending.
The Trojans, who won the regular season title going unbeaten in region play, were upset by fourth seed Potts Camp 54-52 in overtime in the region semifinals.
Bruce was down three in the closing seconds of regulation when Taylor Shoemake, who finished with 10 points, drained a three-pointer to send the game into overtime.
Bruce led 52-51 in the final seconds of overtime when they rebounded a missed Potts Camp shot. The ball was passed to Donta Armstrong who was immediately fouled.
While walking to the line to shoot free throws, Armstrong was called for a technical for saying something to another player.
Potts Camp then went to the other end of the floor and made one of two free throws to tie the game at 52. On an in-bounds play from mid-court, a Potts Camp player got behind Rashad Turner breaking to the goal, caught the pass and converted the layup for the 54-52 final.
Shaq Bush finished with 11 points. Rashad Turner and Terrence Jones both had 10.
The Trojans will now play in tonight’s consolation game against Hickory Flat at 5:30 p.m. Thursday’s loss also means the Trojans will be on the road next Tuesday in the next round of the playoffs.
The night wasn’t much better for the Lady Trojans, who lost 40-36 to Calhoun City.
Bruce had swept both games against the Lady Wildcats during the regular season winning both by double-digits.
Calhoun City led most of the game except a brief portion of the second period when Bruce rallied from nine down to take a three-point lead.
Akeshia Norris led the Lady Trojans with 12 points. Tiesa Steen scored 10.
The Lady Trojans will play Walnut at 4 p.m. today in the consolation game and be on the road next Monday night somewhere in the Delta.