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Hermann rallies in final quarter to get past California

Hermann rallies in final quarter to get past California

In boys basketball action Saturday

December 23rd, 2012 in News

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 ....