The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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January 31, 2012

Vogt, Carl Junction come back to clip Joplin

Travis Vogt scored eight of his 32 points in the final minute of Carl Junction’s 64-59 come-from-behind victory over Joplin on Monday night at Young Gymnasium.

Vogt, a 6-foot-1 junior, gave Carl Junction a 60-59 lead with 59 seconds left on a layup after a steal near midcourt by sophomore guard Matt Magee. Vogt was 14 of 14 at the free-throw line, including six for six in the final minute.

“He had a heckuva night, especially in the second half,” said Carl Junction head coach Ryan Odaffer. “Those free throws he hit in the fourth quarter were crucial. He’s a special player and he had a special night tonight.”

Carl Junction, 9-11, overcame a 22-point performance by Joplin sophomore Charlie Brown, who scored 10 points — including a pair of 3-pointers — in the fourth quarter.

Joplin took its largest lead of the game, 36-24, early in the second half after a 3-pointer by Gabe Sachetta and a breakaway layup by Brown.

“At that point, I was a split second away from calling a time out,” Odaffer said. “It was real close to getting away from us. Then we got a steal.

“It’s a credit to our players. They knew what they needed to do. Our intensity on defense picked up without me having to call a timeout.”

The steal began a 13-0 Carl Junction run — in 1 minute, 40 seconds — led by Magee’s two field goals and two assists. He scored nine of his 13 points in the second half and was assigned to guard Brown for most of the game.

“Matt did an excellent job on Brown,” Odaffer said. “I know Charlie still got 22, but he did a great job making it hard for him.”

Joplin quickly regained the lead on a court-length pass from Sachetta to Adam St. Peter for a layup, followed by a 3-pointer by Brown. The game was tied at 45 going into the fourth quarter.

Joplin tied the score at 56 on an inbounds play to St. Peter with 3:02 to go, and Brown’s 3-pointer with 1:11 left gave Joplin a 59-56 lead.

“It’s really tough to digest when our kids played as hard as they did,” said Joplin head coach Jeff Williams. “But we turned the ball over four times in the last minute, and they’re usually sure-handed.”

Joplin (9-9, 1-2) resumes Ozark Conference play at 6:30 p.m. today against Springfield Parkview at Young Gymnasium. Parkview (15-4, 3-1) stayed in contention for the conference championship with a 69-60 victory Friday at home against Kickapoo.

Carl Junction, 9-11, travels to Neosho for a nonconference game at 6 p.m. Friday.

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