By JAMES BROWN
Glasgow Daily Times
A week after their last thrilling overtime game, the Glasgow Scotties and Allen County-Scottsville Patriots engaged in another thilling overtime game. This one, though, had a different final result.
Allen County’s Jake Sikes hit a 3-pointer a minute into the extra session to give his team the lead for good. There were no miracle shots for the Scotties this week at home. In the last meeting between the 15th District foes, Quentel Bradley hit a buzzer-beating 3 in overtime to give his team a 57-54 victory in the Patriots’ gym on Jan. 7.
“It feels good to finally get over the wall,” Allen County head coach James Willett said following the game. His team had lost seven in a row entering Friday night; five by six points or less. “It’s good for (the players) to finally get this off their backs.”
The win improved the Patriots to 1-3 in the district and 7-7 overall, while the Scotties dropped to 1-3 and 8-8.
“We just didn’t do the things necessary to win a game,” said Glasgow head coach John Tinsley. “They were 8 of 13 from 3. We didn’t defend the perimeter very well. Sikes was 5 for 6 from 3.”
After Sikes made his shot to open the scoring in overtime, the Patriots made enough free throws to hold off the Scotties and win 72-68.
With less than 10 seconds to go in regulation, Willett said he saw a flashback to last week’s game. Bradley had the ball and drove to the basket with the game tied at 59-all, but his shot fell short of the rim and went out of bounds.
Tinsley explained his team runs the play to win games each day in practice, but that one of the players on the floor in the final seconds Friday lined up in the wrong spot, which caused the execution of the play to be off.
“The real problem, though, was that we didn’t guard well enough down the stretch,” the Scotties coach added.
It looked early in the fourth quarter as though Glasgow was going to pull away for the win. Milas Norris hit a shot in the lane and Anthony Walker followed with a driving basket and the Scotties led by 8 – the biggest lead of the game for either team – with 7:20 left in the fourth quarter.
After a time out, the Patriots pushed the ball inside to Dyllan Harper, who was fouled and made 1 of 2 free throws. Thomas Spencer, 24 seconds later, nailed a 3-pointer and Glasgow’s lead was down to four points, 54-50. Tinsley called a time out to attempt to blunt the rally, but to no avail.
Consecutive baskets by Sikes tied the game at 54-54 with 4:14 left in the fourth. Walker pushed the Scotties back on top with a jumper, but Jared Walden answered for the Patriots with an offensive rebound and put back.
With 2:31 in the fourth, Walker hit a pair of free throws to give Glasgow a 58-56 advantage. On the other end of the floor, Thomas Spencer was fouled shooting a 3-pointer. He stepped to the line and made all three charities to give his team a 59-58 lead with 2:17 showing on the clock. It was the 14th lead change in the game. There were also eight ties.
Walker, 26 seconds later, was fouled while shooting the ball. He made the second of two free throws and tied the game at 59-all.
The Patriots ran the clock down to under a minute, but turned the ball over, giving Glasgow a last chance at winning the game in regulation. With under 10 seconds to play, Tinsley called time out to set up a play, but the result was a missed shot in the lane by Bradley.
“We had a chance to put it away, but we didn’t do it,” Tinsley said.
“We finally did the things we needed to to win a game,” Willett said. “I’m proud for these guys.”
Glasgow scoring: Anthony Walker, 22; Quentel Bradley, 16; Milas Norris, 14; Connor Glass, 8; Jacob Poynter, 4; Julius Shirley, 2; James Kingery, 2.
Allen County scoring: Jakes Sikes, 25; Jared Walden, 19; Thomas Spencer, 10; Dyllan Harper, 9; Caleb Simmons, 4; Cameron Cook, 3; Evan Day, 2.