January 31, 2002
Midgets Complete Comeback In Overtime To Defeat Tigers
The Putnam County Midgets climbed onto the back of Ian Gilworth and road the sophomore forward to a 56-53 overtime win over Scotland County on January 25 in Unionville.
Gilworth scored 18 of his game-high 23 points in the fourth period and overtime to steal the Tri-Rivers Conference win away from SCR-I.
"It's been that way for all season," said Coach Marc Colvin. "When it comes down to crunch time the opponent's best player has stepped up and hit the big shots to beat us. We know they are going to take the shot and we do our best to defend them but they still hit the big ones to beat us."
Scotland County dug a big hole early, falling behind 13-5 in the first period. Jake Fogle and Clint Cottrell came off the bench to give the team a huge boost and get the team back in the contest. Fogle was a perfect four for four from the free throw line and put up eight points while Cottrell added five points in a huge 17 point second period that brought the team within two points at 24-22 at the intermission.
"Those two have given us a big boost when we need it at this point in the year," Colvin said of the underclassmen. Fogle, a junior, has missed much of the season with an injury while Cottrell, a sophomore, has played well since being promoted to the varsity team.
The run continued in the third quarter as Scotland County took the lead. Chase Moore drilled a three pointer while Kirk Stott and Robbie Miller each had four points in the 13-8 run that found the Tigers on top 35-32.
But Gilworth was too much in the fourth period as he nailed three three pointers, including the last second shot that sent the game into overtime.
Aarron Holt kept the team close in the extended period as he hit a three pointer and added a second score. But Darren Eleshman hit two free throws to put Putnam County ahead with just five seconds left and a last second three point attempt by the Tigers was no good, giving Putnam County the 56-53 win.
Despite the disappointing loss Colvin praised his team's performance and also that of the opposition.
"Putnam County is a very talented young team that could easily move to the top of the league in the next year or two if they continue to improve," Colvin said.
The Tigers were led in scoring by Moore who finished with 11 points. Aarron Holt pitched in with nine points as did Cottrell. Fogle added eight points and Stott finished with seven.