CAYUGA, Ind. — Only when Brayden Woodard grabbed a rebound with 0.8 seconds left in overtime did North Vermillion insure a win over Seeger in boys’ basketball. The Falcons won 57-55 after being tied 47-all at the end of regulation.
It was a game that either team could have won without going to overtime, but late in the contest both squads struggled from the free throw line while in the double bonus.
“A play here or a play there was the difference,” said Seeger head coach John Collins. “We did a lot right, but missed some chances – a turnover or not getting a stop – they were the difference.”
His team reached overtime when Borden Kennedy hit a trey to tie things a 47-apiece with 29 seconds left in the game. North Vermillion came down court, got a good look, but saw the ball fall off the rim to put the contest into extra time.
Seeger scored first in overtime on a layup by Trevor Bowlus then Jake Fell made one of two free throws to increase the lead to three.
Devon Sams countered on the other end with an offensive rebound and free-throw for a three-point play that tied things at 50-all with 2:26 left.
Bowlus again came through for the Patriots as he converted a three-point play on a basket and foul shot, but Woodard answered with a trey to tie things again.
Seeger then hit one of two free throws but Jacob Earl made a lay-up to put the Falcons up for the first time in overtime. Fifteen seconds later, Woodard made a pair of free throws to make the lead three with 19 seconds left.
The Patriots worked the ball for the last shot and got off one with under a second left. It missed, but the shooter went to the line for three free throws.