Keller boys outlast rival Fossil Ridge

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Having watched a six-point lead shrink to two with only 13 seconds remaining, Keller sophomore Nolan Taylor sank the first of two free throws and Fossil Ridge missed two 3-point attempts as Keller escaped with a 55-52 District 4-5A road victory Tuesday night.

“He’s just a sophomore and an immovable object down there,” Keller coach Randall Durant said. “He has a lot of poise and is the one with the most experience we have.”

The free throw capped Taylor’s team-high 17 points and wiped out a Panthers’ comeback attempt.

Cameron Montgomery, who led Fossil Ridge with a game-high 20 points, trimmed the lead to 54-50 with 43 seconds left.

Keller (8-3, 1-0) was then whistled for a 5-second call, and Fossil Ridge missed a pair of 3-pointers. Forced to inbound the ball, the Indians committed a turnover and Bryce Jackson picked it up and laid it in with 13 seconds left to cut the lead to two.

“That’s a lot of our inexperience there at the end and them being a pretty darn good team,” Durant said. “That’s a great win for us and that’s really the first time we have put a whole game together, and hopefully it sets a blueprint for what we need to do to be successful.”

Fossil Ridge (6-4, 0-1), which struggled from the floor all game, shot just 4-of-17 in the final period.

Taylor scored to start the fourth to give Keller a 45-43 lead that it never lost.

Keller’s Kyle Tanner, who finished with 12 points, picked up his fourth foul with 6:40 left in the fourth. He re-entered the game with 3:30 left and hit a jumper to give his team a 52-50 lead, and Erik Frederiksen made it 54-50 on a layup with 2:26 to play.

“When [Tanner] went out, it limited some of the things we do on defense,” Durant said. “He’s a senior who is starting to come into his own and he made some key baskets tonight.”

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