Late steal lifts Blue Devils

Pleasanton’s Jon Kohlscheen tries to hold off
Tyce Clark and Austin Schnitzler Tuesday.

Kenesaw’s Trevor Burr jumped in front of a faulty pass on Pleasanton’s last possession of the game to help the Blue Devils hang on for a 45-44 win Tuesday night in the Class D-2, subdistrict 7 tournament.

The No. 4-seeded Bulldogs, under the direction of former Hastings College and Doniphan-Trumbull star Jeremiah Slough, gave the top-seeded Blue Devils everything they could handle in a wild back-and-forth battle. But there would be no upset, and a big one it could’ve been considering the last time the two teams played, when Kenesaw won by 36 points.

Austin Schnitzler capped off a personal 4-0 run with 44 seconds left, erasing a three-point deficit to give the Blue Devils the 45-44 lead.
Pleasanton (5-17) used two timeouts in the closing seconds to devise a play for the possible game-winning shot, but each time it just looked like the Blue Devils’ defense knew what was coming.

That was affirmed when Burr grabbed the game-sealing steal, which sent Kenesaw (11-12) back to subdistrict championship game set for Thursday against No. 3-seed Lawrence-Nelson (9-13) at 7 p.m.

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