BOYNTON - Senior Zach Harbuck scored 15 points and Zack McIntosh and Mark Enkey scored 14 each, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Class B No. 3-ranked Boynton Cardinals in a 64-57 Keys loss in Big 8 conference action Friday night.

Failing a total fall-apart by the Cardinals, Boynton looks to have wrapped up the Big 8 conference title, both of Keys losses have come against the traditional small school power.

“It looks like that will wrap the title up for Boynton,” said head coach Duane Jones, “but the main thing is that we are still in great shape and we just have to keep playing hard and getting ready for the Class 3A playoffs. This was the 16th game of the season and if we want to accomplish our goal of state, we will probably have around 16 more games. We still have a long way to go in the season and I expect we will rebound from this game really well and be ready for the rest of the year.”

Keys (14-2, 6-2) took control of the game early. Trey Kimble scored a quick basket and Jayson Steeley hit a 3-pointer to put the Cougars up 5-2. The lead stretched to 8-2 with a free throw by Mark Enkey and another field goal by Kimble.

Enkey had a big first period scoring 7 points. Enkey hit a field goal at 4:08 to up the Keys advantage to 10-4. Two more field goals would keep Keys in front by 4.

A free throw by Kimble gave the Cougars a 16-11 lead after one period.

Keys played better than Boynton for three periods, but the second period proved to be the difference, with the Cardinals outscoring the Cougars 20-10.

“We had a game plan to keep Boynton out of the paint,” said Jones. “That strategy worked well for all but the second period and that is where we got hurt.”

Things didn’t look bad for Keys in the early portion of the second. Harbuck hit a field goal right away and added a free throw just seconds later, putting the Cougars up by six, 19-13.

Harbuck and Enkey kept the heat on Boynton hitting field goals to maintain a six point lead.

Boynton got hot at the 5:06 mark of the second and went on a 12-3 run to end the half.

Harbuck scored Keys’ 3 points in the final five minutes with a free throw and a jumper. Boynton led 31-26 at the half.

McIntosh, who was held scoreless in the first half, hit a 3-pointer to bring the Cougars within 31-29. Kimble scored from underneath the basket to tie the contest at 31.

The Cardinals went on another run that hurt the Cougars cause, this time a 9-0 outburst that put Boynton up 40-31 at the 4:32 mark of the third.

Kimble and Enkey brought Keys back to within 4. Kimble hit a field goal and Enkey hit a 3 from the top of the key to make the score 40-36.

A finger-roll basket by McIntosh ended the period with the Cougars trailing 44-40.

Boynton increased their lead to 7, but the duo of McIntosh and Harbuck chipped in 4 points each to trim the lead to 49-48.

Harbuck led a charge that gave Keys 4 unanswered points to draw the Cougars to within one at 54-53 with 2:49 to play.

Enkey answered a Boynton basket with a field goal to get Keys back within two, 56-54 with 2:14 left.

Trailing 58-54, McIntosh hit a 3-point bomb to cut the Boynton lead to one 58-57 with 1:18 remaining on the clock.

An uncharacteristic series of turnovers would doom the Cougars comeback chances as Boynton scored the final 6 points to clinch the win.

Keys vs. Boynton

Keys 16 10 14 17 - 57

Boynton 11 20 13 17 - 64

Keys - Zach Harbuck 15, Zack McIntosh 14, Mark Enkey 14, Trey Kimble 11, Jayson Steeley 3

Boynton - Jerry Woods 18, Adrian Lang 16, Greg Lang 15, Jermaine Woodrow 6, Martin Lang 4, Josh Penn 3, Justin Lowe 2

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