Late 3 Sinks Lafayette in Class 4 Championship

Published 03/22 2014 10:45PM

Updated 03/22 2014 11:52PM

(COLUMBIA, Mo.) A three-pointer inside ten seconds to play capped Republic's big second half comeback in the Class 4 Boys State Championship as the Tigers downed Lafayette 45-42.

With seven seconds remaining in regulation, Republic's Canyon Smith fired a contested, go-ahead three-pointer giving the Tigers (27-4) a lead. The Fighting Irish (25-5) had one final possession, but Republic forced a turnover to secure its second straight state championship.

Midway through the third quarter, Gary Wilkinson hit a pair of free throws to give Lafayette a 14-point lead -- it's largest of the game. From that point, Republic outscored the Irish 31-14 in the final 12 minutes and 29 seconds.

Both teams were held scoreless for the first four minutes of the game. Republic made the first move jumping ahead 4-0 on a pair of layups. Lafayette responded going on a 11-2 run to take the lead. Lafayette senior Xavier Kurth scored 12 points in the first two quarters alone, and capped off the half with a layup just before the buzzer to send the Irish into the break with a 19-10 lead.

Kurth finished the game with a team-high 13 points and six rebounds. Chester Goudeau followed with eight points on 4-5 shooting.

Lafayette 54.8-percent from the field during the game, but only hit two field goals in the final six minutes of the contest.

Smith led Republic with 14 points, including three three-pointers. Dylan Beckemeier and Cody Geiger added 13 points apiece.

This season marks the Lafayette seniors' second appearance at state during their careers. They were freshmen on the 2011 team that took home a fourth place finish.

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