With heavy hearts, Clayton Moore and Mullen basketball prevail in dramatic win

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NORTH PLATTE, NEB. (KNOP)- With heavy hearts, the Mullen Broncos stepped onto the court Tuesday night to face Medicine Valley in the sub-districts, one night after the passing of their former coach.

Clayton Moore points to the sky after his team defeated Medicine Valley on Tuesday night. (Credit:Sam Pirozzi/KNOP-TV)

Mullen led by as much as 15 and looked to be well on their way to a comfortable win. A late run by Medicine Valley, however, put the Broncos chances of winning in serious jeopardy. Brendon Walker hit a three pointer to give the Broncos a one point lead with eight second to play. All that Mullen needed was a defensive stop to secure the win.

Clayton Moore, the son of the late Rusty Moore, got a piece of the ball in what was a final second desperation shot from Samuel Heapy of Medicine Valley. Moore's teammate, Jaden Emerson, also got his hand on the ball, securing the 45-44 win for Mullen.

"It meant a lot, so glad we could do it for him. I played every single second for him. So glad we could come out with a W," said Moore after the game. He would later go on to say the support he has has from his teammates and class has been meant a lot. "My class has been behind me this whole time and it just means that no matter what we go through or when we go through it, we're just going to be strong."

Mullen next plays Thursday night against the Wallace Wildcats at McDaid gymnasium.