Last-second 3-pointer by Taron Morris secures win for Pintos

While running a play at practice Thursday morning, Pinto Taron Morris puts up a shot. Morris was the leading scorer against Moberly with 16 points, including a last-second 3-pointer that secured the win for California, 43-40.

While running a play at practice Thursday morning, Pinto Taron Morris puts up a shot. Morris was the leading scorer against Moberly with 16 points, including a last-second 3-pointer that secured the win for California, 43-40. Photo by April Arnett.

California’s varsity boys’ basketball team participated in the Missouri National Guard Shootout Dec. 27 at Fleming Fieldhouse, Jefferson City, where the Pintos came away with a 43-40 win secured by a last-second 3-point shot by Taron Morris.

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California Pinto Head Coach Blair Scanlon, at left, instructs the varsity players during practice Thursday morning at California High School.

California led 12-10 after the first quarter, however, Moberly scored 10 points to the Pintos' eight in the second quarter to even the score 20-20 at the half. The Spartans outscored the Pintos 12-11 in the third quarter to lead 32-31 going into the final frame. It all came down to the last seconds of the game, after Moberly hit two free throws to tie the game at 40-40. With just one second remaining, Morris nailed a 3-pointer to give California a 43-40 edge. Moberly called a timeout, then missed a last-second shot from past mid-court, to leave the win with the Pintos.

For more of this story check out the Jan. 4 issue of the California Democrat.

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