The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

December 1, 2012

Cosat, Coburn boosts Buffs in OT

BY ROB WITZEL
Commercial-News

FITHIAN — Every boy who has ever shot a basketball has gone through the same role play in his head.

The game is tied. The clock is down to single digits. And it’s up to that player to make the game-winning shot.

On Friday night, what may have been a childhood fantasy came to life for Dylan Cosat as his 3-point basket in overtime lifted the Buffaloes to a 65-62 win over the Oakwood Comets.

“It was definitely the best shot I have ever taken,” Cosat said.

The overtime win carried a little extra importance to the Buffaloes as it was also the team’s first win of the year after four straight losses.

“It being overtime makes the win that much better,” Senior Kyle Coburn said. “It’s great to get the win, but there’s just something special about getting the win in overtime.”

Coburn would finish with a game high 40 points.

While the game ended in a tightly contested battle, it could not have started more different. Both teams put together lengthy scoring streaks. First, Oakwood rattled off seven unanswered points. Georgetown called a timeout, regrouped and then went a 14-0 drive with 12 points coming from Coburn. Then the Buffaloes’ streak came to a halt and Oakwood scored 10 consecutive points.

“I was scared that our team was going to get down. Once a team got the momentum, it was hard to stop.” Coburn said.

“We came out and really focused on Coburn and tried to take him out as much as we could,” Oakwood coach Doug Robinson said. “But then we started turning the ball over and they went on a run. Once we slowed down, relaxed a little, we went on that run of our own.”

The second quarter was quite different from the one that preceded it. Neither team went on a run of more than a couple baskets and at the end of the first half, Oakwood led 27-23.

In the third quarter, both teams relied heavily on their seniors. For Oakwood, Kyle Elliott put up 10 of the team’s 15 points (he would finish with 21) Meanwhile, Coburn would put up eight of his team’s 12 points.

Trailing by seven going into the fourth, Georgetown Ridge Farm came out firing. The quarter opened with an 11-0 run that took the lead for the first time since the first quarter. Oakwood hit back with an 8-2 run and things balanced out to 62-62.

As time expired, Oakwood was called on a controversial traveling violation that the home fans wanted called as a foul. The Comet fans’ objections didn’t change any opinions by the officials and the two sides set up for overtime.

In overtime, Skyler Slade put up four unanswered points for Oakwood and took an early lead. But then momentum was exchanged once again. Coburn scored four points of his own accompanied with a Dylan Bina layup, to give the Buffaloes the lead.

With 21.4 left on the clock, Slade was sent to the free throw line. He made both baskets and the game was tied once again.

Then 15 seconds later came Cosat’s dream shot and the Buffaloes would walk away with a much needed, and well deserved victory.

Oakwood came off the court disappointed but the coach could not be more proud of the effort.

“I feel for my players,” Robinson said. “They fought through adversity when times got tough they keep fighting. Coming away with the loss doesn’t show how hard we played.”

Oakwood will play again on Tuesday at St Thomas More, while the Buffaloes travel to play Arthur Okaw Christian on Saturday.

In the Junior Varsity game, the Buffaloes lost a lead in the fourth quarter but were able to get it back and get the 40-39 win.