December 6, 2001

First Victory Slips Away From Tigers In Final Seconds Of Overtime

The Scotland County Tigers rode the roller coaster Friday night against Marceline but came up just short in overtime as the visiting team left Memphis with a 57-55 win in the final seconds of the extended period.

Much as the Lady Tigers did in the opening game of the night, SCR-I came out hitting on all cylinders. Aarron Holt led the charge with seven quick points. He nailed a three pointer and followed it up with a pair of short jumpers off the dribble. Chase Moore and Logan Bogatzke added jumpers to make the score 11-2. But SCR-I went cold in the final three minutes and Marceline cut the deficit to 11-6.

The margin stayed at five points to open the second period as Aaron Dale and Bogatzke each hit jumpers. But the 15-10 lead quickly turned into a 16-15 deficit as Marceline charged back to take the lead with 3:41 remaining in the first half.

The teams traded scores to close out the half. Holt scored inside and Dale finished up with a basket and a free throw but Marceline still led 21-20 at the intermission.

SCR-I saw the game nearly slip away in the third quarter. Dale scored in the paint before the Tigers went more than three minutes without a tally. Bogatzke broke the drought with a fade away from the baseline. Dale scored on a driving move with 52 seconds left in the quarter to cut the Marceline lead to 29-26.

The lead grew to seven points to start the fourth period before SCR-I came charging back. Bogatzke made a pair of free throws before Holt got the crowd back into the game with a three pointer from the corner to bring SCR-I within two points.

Holt hit a pair of free throws before Dale added one from the charity stripe to give SCR-I its first lead since early in the second period.

Marceline quickly recovered but a pair of free throws from Jake Fogle tied the game at 36 all with 4:08 to play.

SCR-I looked poised to pull away when Dale found Michael Lodewegen with a nice pass for an easy score inside. Holt then nailed two free throws to build a four-point advantage with 2:49 to play.

After another Holt free throw the lead was five points with just over two minutes to play. But just 17 seconds later Marceline was back within one point courtesy of a pair of SCR-I turnovers. After two missed free throws by the Tigers, Marceline pulled in front 42-41.

That was short lived as Moore drilled a jumper with 51 seconds left to give SCR-I the advantage as the lead went back and forth.

Marceline had a pair of opportunities to regain the lead but the Tigers defense held. Fogle came up with a big rebound on a missed free throw by Marceline and quickly got the ball outletted to Moore who was fouled with just 13 seconds to play. Moore calmly sank both clutch free throws to give SCR-I a three-point lead.

Marceline had the answer as they broke the Tigers half court zone trap and found the open man in the corner for the three pointer to tie the game as time expired.

SCR-I opened the overtime with a three pointer from Fogle. But after a pair of missed free throws by SCR-I, Marceline took the 49-48 lead. That was short lived as Holt delivered another three pointer for a two-point SCR-I lead. The advantage went back and forth. Moore nailed two free throws to make the score 53-51 with 1:22 to play.

Marceline answered with a pair of scores to pull ahead 55-53 with 43 seconds to play.

SCR-I gave the crowd one final rush when Fogle drove to the basket and was fouled. He double clutched and scooped the ball up around the defender and the shot went down to tie the game with just 15 seconds to play. The free throw was no good leaving the game tied.

Marceline made it look easy as it took the ball the length of the court and split the SCR-I defense for a lay-up with just seconds to play. The Tigers quickly got the ball up court but the desperation shot at the buzzer was no good and Marceline escaped with a 57-55 victory.

Holt led all Tigers with 20 points on the night. Dale finished with 10 points while Moore and Bogatzke each had eight. Fogle gave the team seven points off the bench in the fourth quarter and in overtime.

SCR-I played its second game without starting forward Robbie Miller who was out with an injury. SCR-I drops to 0-2 on the season.

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