Cool Shark sinks after-buzzer free throw to down Owls, Edwards secures a draw for Infernos with late score

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Infernos' Tom Edwards secured a draw for his side on Tuesday.
Camera IconInfernos' Tom Edwards secured a draw for his side on Tuesday. Credit: Laurie Benson

A free throw after the final buzzer from Red Rogers secured a thrilling victory for the Sharks on Tuesday night.

Scores were level between the Sharks and Barking Owls at the end of the 45 minutes in their Albany Basketball Association men’s A-grade clash, but Rogers had two free throws to come.

Rogers missed the first attempt but he calmly made the second shot to hand The Sharks an epic one-point win.

For much of the last five minutes the sides traded baskets, with the lead changing hands, but in the end it was the Sharks who prevailed, 60-59.

Rogers led all scorers with 26 points including two from long range and he was well supported by Alex Fry (12 points) as their side clawed their way back from a five-point half-time deficit.

Hamish McMorran returned for the Barking Owls and top-scored with 18 points while Ezra Marques chipped in with 17.

Tigers and Infernos also played out a close contest, the two sides could not be separated at the final whistle.

With under a minute left in the game Tom Edwards hit a free throw for Infernos to level the scores and that was enough to secure a 34-all draw, after Infernos trailed by 10 points at half-time.

Keanu Weeden hit four three-pointers to do plenty of damage with 16 points and Edwards added 10.

Mason Tion led the way with 15 points for Tigers.

Sonics jumped into the top four after defeating Railways Tigers in their clash, David Arthur impressing with 14 points.

The win lifted Sonics to third place after they got the better of Railways in the last half to win 53-48.

Kyle Smith top-scored for Railways with 12 points.

In the other round 11 fixture, Denmark Magpies won their fifth game of the season after downing Raiders under-18s by 16 points.

Luke Wilson hit 18 points and Sam Finigan added 16 in the 53-37 victory.

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