Hermann rallies in final quarter to get past California

In boys basketball action Saturday

Austin Gump of California takes a jumper over Josh Oetterer of Hermann during Saturday’s game at Fleming Fieldhouse.

Austin Gump of California takes a jumper over Josh Oetterer of Hermann during Saturday’s game at Fleming Fieldhouse. Photo by Shaun Zimmerman.

Momentum is such a funny thing — you can’t tell when it’s coming or going. And it doesn’t seem funny at all when it’s on the other guy’s side.

The California Pintos fell victim to a huge momentum swing Saturday and it cost them in a 56-53 loss to Hermann in the Missouri National Guard Shootout at Fleming Fieldhouse.

The Pintos used a 16-4 run bridging the second and third quarters to build a lead, which they held until Hermann used a decisive 18-2 spurt in the fourth to win it.

“When you play with the fear of failure, playing scared to lose, that’s how the games turn out,” California coach Blair Scanlon said.

Near the end of the first half, Hermann ....

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