Jim Edmonds hit a shot from the paint with 2.3 seconds remaining Saturday night to give Bishop McGuinness a 48-46 victory over Shawnee in a Class 5A regional championship clash at Bishop McGuinness High School.


Jim Edmonds hit a shot from the paint with 2.3 seconds remaining Saturday night to give Bishop McGuinness a 48-46 victory over Shawnee in a Class 5A regional championship clash at Bishop McGuinness High School.
Shawnee’s Tyler Young missed a desperation heave from near midcourt as time expired.
Edmonds finished with a game-high 19 points. Teammate Matt Christiansen posted 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Terrance McDonald of Shawnee hit an inside shot with nine seconds left to tie the game at 46. McGuinness then called a timeout and set up the game-winning play.
Shawnee held a three-point, 44-41 lead with 1:30 left after Dejoun Sanders canned one of his two free throws. Edmonds cut the margin to 44-43 with a driving layup with 38 ticks left. After a missed SHS shot, the host Irish knocked down a 3-point shot for a 46-44 lead with 21.8 seconds to go.
Poor free-throw shooting, which has haunted the Wolves throughout the season, surfaced again Friday. SHS canned just 45.1 percent (14-of-31) of its free throws, including six of 16 in the opening half.
Dillion Mooreland, who had just one of Shawnee’s two 3-point field goals, led the Wolves with 11 points. Sanders had nine and Grant Barrick notched eight.
Despite the loss, Shawnee advances to area tournament play Friday against the loser of the Ardmore-Duncan game.
“I am very proud of our guys for fighting and fighting and never giving up,” SHS head coach Ron Arthur said. “It just came down to making a couple of defensive stops. Give McGuinness credit at the end.“
Shawnee trailed 19-8 after one quarter and faced a 12-point (25-13) deficit four minutes before the half. The Wolves cut that margin to 25-22 at the intermission. Shawnee was just 6-of-16 from the charity stripe in the first half.
McGuinness went on a 12-3 tear at the outset of the second half for a 37-28 advantage. Shawnee again rallied as McDonald scored three points and Tyler Case hit a layup at the third-quarter buzzer, leaving McGuinness up 40-35.
McGuinness failed to score on its first seven possessions of the fourth quarter, allowing Shawnee to score seven straight points and take its first lead of the game at 42-40 with four minutes remaining. McDonald earned that lead with two free throws.
Note: Report compiled by Fred Fehr.