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Class B boys: Arnett overcomes nerves to force championship matchup with Forgan

Second-ranked Arnett overcomes early deficit as top-ranked Forgan rolls past Lomega.
BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer, Published: March 2, 2012

Arnett was out of sorts early in its Class B semifinal game against Kinta.

“The bright lights kind of got us,” Wildcats coach Allen Tune said.

Arnett hung strong, though, fighting back from an early deficit to beat Kinta 50-45 at State Fair Arena to advance to the title game.

The No. 2 Wildcats (28-3) will play top-ranked Forgan at 3:15 p.m. Saturday.

“Forgan's good obviously,” Tune said. “But this is what we've been waiting for all year.

“We've just got to play hard and hope our legs don't give out on us.”

Arnett never led until less than three minutes remaining, going ahead for the first time on Trevor Bryant's driving jumper, 41-39.

“It was nerve-racking,” Arnett's Corey Miller said. “We were just nervous early and that got us into trouble.”

Kinta, who came back from a 20-2 deficit to win its first game, started off strong, building a 20-8 lead.

But Arnett got back in the game with a 12-0 run, ending with a tying basket early in the third quarter.

Kinta had several shots to tie or go ahead in the final minute but missed a pair of 3-pointers and Arnett hit its free throws down the stretch to stay ahead.

Trevor Bryant led Arnett with 16 points. Miller added 11.

Chase Smith led Kinta (28-4) with 15 before fouling out in the final minutes.

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