FULTON UPSETS MOBERLY IN DISTRICT SEMIFINAL

Moberly appeared headed toward another blowout victory against Fulton in a Class 4, District 8 semifinal at Hannibal on Thursday, but the Hornets displayed unflappable leadership in a 53-50 double overtime win. Co-NCMC champion Moberly beat Fulton twice in the regular season by a combined 41 points, and the Spartans pulled ahead 30-19 midway through the third quarter of Thursday’s semifinal. The Hornets then answered with an 11-0 run to tie the game. Both teams struggled on offense in the fourth as the quarter featured 10 total points with the Spartans in front in the final minute.

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Eric Duick with the call on Information Radio KWIX and centralmoinfo.com. Moberly placed the ball in the hands of star senior Will Rucker with a chance to win on the final possession of regulation, but Fulton rejected Rucker’s shot from just outside the left block. Fulton’s Kalin Mitchell nailed another three early in the first overtime, and Moberly found itself down by two a few minutes later.



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Braeden Wetrich’s layup proved to be the last bucket of the overtime. In the second overtime, the Hornets scored first on an offensive rebound and follow from sophomore Cameron Vaughn. Moberly started to foul down 43-41 with a minute and a half on the second overtime clock, and Fulton proceeded to sink crucial free throws. Makygh Galbreath was a mainstay at the line. The sophomore connected on five of six free throws inside one minute to play. Rucker continued to attack the rim on a 16-point night, but the Spartans failed to track down one of the Hornets rare missed free throws, and Fulton dribbled out the clock. Moberly head coach Mark Anderson analyzed what separated the Spartans and Hornets in overtime.



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Anderson’s Spartans end the year 16-9 and 11-1 in NCMC action. Moberly’s sixth-year head coach offered perspective after the surprise loss.



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Moberly graduates a pair of All-NCMC seniors in Will Rucker and Denzel Hess, but three freshmen return with starting experience. Fulton next faces Kirksville in the district title game Friday.

 

Moberly Spartans head coach Mark Anderson:

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Fulton Hornets head coach Justin Gilmore:

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