The Rebels picked up their first Midwest 2A conference win of the season Friday night with an 80-76 overtime thriller over the Chase Trojans at West Lincoln.
Trailing 66-62, West Lincoln`s Daniel Payseur found himself wide open underneath the basket for a layup to pull the Rebels to within two at 66-64 with only eight seconds remaining. Following a steal on the Trojans inbound attempt, West Lincoln quickly called time out with only five seconds remaining in regulation.
Rebelsâ€™ head coach Chad Wright huddled his squad and called the perfect play. Hot-shooting Ben Poole inbounded the ball to Ryan Huffman. When the defense rushed toward Huffman, he passed the ball back to Poole on the baseline. Poole`s eight-foot jumper went in at the buzzer to tie the game at 66, and force overtime.
In the overtime period, Huffman was fouled on a three-point attempt, and sank all three free throws to tie the game at 71. Taylor Woodie`s layup with 1:05 to play in the overtime period gave the Rebels a 73-71 advantage.
Poole made a pair of key free throws with 20 seconds remaining, stretching the Rebel lead to four. However, Lorenzo Camp`s three-pointer on the Trojan`s end pulled Chase to within one again, 77-76.
The Trojans (2-6, 3-14) immediately fouled Huffman following the inbounds pass. Huffman made one of two from the line, giving the Rebels a 78-76 lead with 11 seconds to go.
The Trojansâ€™ last attempt to tie the game came up short, and Huffman iced it away with a pair of free throws with two seconds remaining, giving the Rebels the Midwest 2A victory.
Huffman led the Rebels (1-7, 3-15) with 26 points, including 11-of-12 from the free throw line. Sophomore guard Ben Poole had possibly his best game of the season, pouring in 24 points for West Lincoln.
Chase was led by Camp, who matched Huffman with 26 points of his own. Princeton Davis added 24 and Sergio Jackson 15 for the Trojans.
Wright was happy for his team and somewhat relieved to get the first conference victory of the season.
“It`s awful good to get that monkey off our back considering we really didn`t play well. The kids just won that out of heart and character,â€ he said.
The coach was also glad to see Poole step up and make the basket to send the game to overtime.
“It was pretty exciting to see Ben hit a big shot at the end. He had made plays the whole game, but had back to back turnovers. Just to step up and hit that shot tells you what kind of player he is,â€ he said.
Chase 14 25 10 17 10-76
West Lincoln 10 21 15 20 14-80
TROJANS: Lorenzo Camp 26, Princeton Davis 24, Sergio Jackson 15, D. Miller 6, B. Patterson 3, B. Cole 2.
REBELS: Ryan Huffman 26, Ben Poole 24, Taylor Woodie 8, Heath Cole 7, Daniel Paysour 7, Matt Baxter 4, Josh Fisher 2, Gene Arp 2.
The Lady Rebels came up just short Friday night at home against the Chase Trojans. Tameka Wertsâ€™ three-point attempt at the buzzer just missed sending the game to overtime, as the Lady Rebels fell 51-48.
Werts had just hit a three-pointer the previous trip down the court to pull West Lincoln to within two, at 50-48. The Trojans then made one of two free throws for a three point advantage before Werts final attempt rimmed out.
The Lady Rebels saw a 28-14 halftime advantage disappear, as the Trojans outscored West Lincoln 37-20 in the second half.
Sara Elmore`s 17 points paced West Lincoln`s scoring. Candi Taylor chipped in 10 and Katie Thornburg added nine for the Lady Rebels. Janay Greene of Chase led all scorers with 25 points.
With the win, the Trojans improve to 6-11 overall, and 3-5 in Midwest 2A play. The Lady Rebels fall to 3-15 overall, and 1-7 in the conference.
Chase 6 8 18 19-51
West Lincoln 8 20 9 11-48
TROJANS: Janay Greene 25, A. Bridges 9, H. Jewett 8, Q. Green 6, A. Walsh 3.
REBELS: Sara Elmore 17, Candi Taylor 10, Katie Thornburg 9, Tameka Werts 6, April Norman 2, Jessica Grigg 2, Helen Debari 2. by David Keever