DANVILLE — There are times that life imitates art.
But Phil Connors has got nothing on Danville High boys basketball coach Ted Houpt.
Connors, played by Bill Murray, was the main character in the movie "Groundhog Day." In the film, Connors keeps reliving the same day over and over.
On Friday night, Houpt saw his Vikings go through an experience that they have seen multiple times this season and when Normal West left the Danville gymnasium with a 65-62 overtime victory, it left the second-year coach looking for new ways to describe what happened.
"I keep saying that you can't say it was a great effort and we played with a lot heart, but we lost again,'' Houpt said. "But, I don't know what else to say. I could be more proud with our effort in the second half. It just wasn't enough.''
Danville, which falls to 4-11 overall and 2-6 in the Big 12, rallied from a 18-point deficit and senior Kylen Butler drained a game-tying 3-pointer with two seconds left in the regulation to send the contest into overtime.
"I thought when that 3-pointer went down, it was going to be our time,'' Houpt said.
But in the overtime session, Normal West sophomore guard Josh Robinson, who had a game-high 26 points, scored all eight of his team's points, including making 6-of-6 free throws to give the Wildcats (4-7, 2-5) their fourth win in the past six games.
"West has been a team that has struggled this year like us,'' said Houpt, noting the Wildcats lost 57-56 last Saturday on a last-second shot by Peoria Richwoods' Ashten Bean. "I thought this was our time to get a win like that, but we couldn't get the ball in the basket at the end.''
With less than a minute left in the overtime, Danville had a 62-61 lead with senior Jarhed Watson, who scored a team-high 21 points, going to the free-throw line for two shots.