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Hasty shot sends All-Star game into double overtime

By CLINTON DICK, Herald Staff Writer | 8/9/2013

TOPEKA — Alex Hasty’s shot Wednesday night wasn’t the prettiest, but it got the job done, he said.

With 13.2 seconds remaining in the first overtime of Wednesday’s Kansas Basketball Coaches Association boys’ All Star game, the incoming Ottawa University freshman and Ottawa High School graduate’s next move was a critical point in the matchup.

TOPEKA — Alex Hasty’s shot Wednesday night wasn’t the prettiest, but it got the job done, he said.

With 13.2 seconds remaining in the first overtime of Wednesday’s Kansas Basketball Coaches Association boys’ All Star game, the incoming Ottawa University freshman and Ottawa High School graduate’s next move was a critical point in the matchup.

“I kind of saw that time was winding down and saw a hole in the defense,” Hasty, who had 11 points during the game at Washburn University’s Lee Arena in Topeka, said. “It was a little bit of a lucky shot as I was falling backwards. I was able to bank it in.”

Hasty’s shot tied the game between the blue and the white squads at 97 and sent the game into double overtime where Hasty’s blue squad eventually fell 114-108.

While Hasty really wanted to win, he said, the experience of playing in the all-star game was fun.

“The two overtimes kind of proves why it was an all-star game,” Hasty said. “It was fun to get to know the other guys from the other teams and hear the story of their seasons.”

He played among some of the top talent across the state, including Shawnee Mission South’s Josh Pederson, Sharon Spring’s Eli Kuhlman and many more from all divisions of state basketball. Hasty said he used the opportunity to gauge his level of play heading into his first year at Ottawa University.

“(Playing in the all-star game) lets me know where I am at,” Hasty said. “It kind of keeps me in check so I know what I need to work on to be one of the best college freshmen.”

Hasty joins the Braves basketball team as a true freshman this year after playing for OHS. He joins his brother, Adam Hasty, who will be a junior guard for the team.

Wednesday’s all-star game also had special meaning for Hasty from the sidelines. Jon McKowen, former OHS boys basketball coach, was the assistant coach for the blue squad.

“It was really a high point for me,” Hasty said. “It was good to have him come back and let me know that I am doing good and to have a final goodbye.”

McKowen resigned earlier this year as the Cyclones boys’ basketball head coach after six years. He accepted a job to teach and coach at Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School in Iowa.

While Hasty did not lead his team in scoring, he still finished with a productive game scoring 11 points. He hit five of eight free-throw shots and went three of 10 from the field.

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