CALCUTTA - The Beavers escaped with a win against the Tigers.
The Beaver Local boys' basketball team improved to 3-0 on the season when Wellsville's Camden Douglas' desperation shot bounced off the front of the rim resulting in a 74-72 victory for the Beavers in overtime against the Tigers Tuesday night at the Beaver Dome.
Asked what he was thinking when the shot left Douglas' hand, Beaver Local head coach Jake Walgate replied, "Please don't go in.
Beaver Local’s Matt Chamberlain puts a shot up over Wellsville’s Antonio Fultz on Tuesday. (Photo by Aaron Petchal)
"You can't run at a kid shooting a three-quarter shot. I'm sure those are shots that (Nate) Scott, (Jordan) Sloan and Douglas shoot every day at practice. They are all great shooters."
The victory was set up by some last-second heroics by Beaver Local senior Troy Hudson. Hudson went coast to coast for the game-tying lineup with 1.2 seconds to go in regulation.
The Tigers had a chance to win the game, but a long-range 3-pointer by Douglas bounced off the back to send the game into overtime knotted up at 60.
Beaver Local 74, Wellsville 72
WE (72): Camden Douglas 4 3-4 14, Tyshaun Franklin 0 0-0 0, Nate Scott 5 7-11 19, Antonio Fultz 4 0-2 8, Brendon Carr 5 1-2 11, Jansen Stoakes 0 0-0 0, Jordan Sloan 7 0-0 18, Sam McIntosh 0 2-4 2, Nigel Span 0 0-0 0. Totals: 25 13-20 72.
BL (74): Chase Hilliard 5 2-2 13, Jared Lyder 4 13-15 21, Brandon Fetty 0 1-4 1, Ethan Campbell 0 0-0 0, Troy Hudson 6 7-10 20, Zack Mick 4 1-2 10, Josh Underwood 0 3-4 3, Matt Chamberlain 1 4-6 6. Totals: 20 31-43 74.
WE 13-14-18-15-12 - 72
BL 18-13-14-15-14 - 74
3-Pointers: Wellsville: 9 (Sloan 4, Douglas 3, Scott 2); Beaver Local: 3 (Hilliard, Hudson, Mick)
"Yes, it was a great game," Wellsville (1-2) head coach Bug Thompson said. "We let it get away at the end. We had a chance to win it.
"The free-throw line cost us again. We missed too many foul shots."
The Tigers converted 13 of 20 shots from the charity stripe, while the Beavers made 31 of their 43 foul shots.
In overtime a basket by Hudson put the Beavers up 65-63. That is when the game slowed down. The next eight points of the game came at the foul shot with both teams trading foul shots. Neither team was able to convert both of the shots on their multiple trips to the line.
A foul shot by Brendon Carr pulled the Tigers to within 65-64 with 1:43 showing on the clock, and after the scoring run from the foul line, the Beavers led 69-67 with 30.2 seconds left to play.
A three-point play by Jared Lyder put the Beavers up 72-67 with 22 seconds left in the game, but the Tigers answered with a basket by Douglas to make the score 72-69 with 14.8 seconds showing on the clock. Then, Hudson converted of 1 of 2 from the line to make the score 73-69 with 13.8 seconds to play before Douglas drained a 3-pointer making the score 73-72 with 6 seconds left in the game.
Hudson was fouled again, and he made 1 of 2 shots again with 4.7 seconds left setting up Douglas' final shot.
"This is what high school basketball is all about," Walgate said. "These are local kids. Everyone knows each other. They were all out there having fun."
Lyder recorded a game-high 21 points to lead the way for the Beavers. Also scoring in double digits for Beaver Local were Hudson with 20, Chase Hilliard with 13 and Zack Mick with 10.
Finally for the victors, Matt Chamberlain netted six points, Josh Underwood delivered three points and Brandon Fetty finished with one.
Scott tallied a team-high 19 points to lead the way for the Tigers. Sloan, Douglas and Carr all also scored in double figures. Sloan ended up with 18, Douglas delivered 14 and Carr recorded 11.
Finally for the visitors, Antonio Fultz scored eight, and Sam McInotsh tallied two points.
Wellsville not only struggled to convert from the foul line, but the Tigers compounded the problem by committing numerous fouls through the game. In the end, four Wellsville players fouled out, and the Tigers were forced to play the final 4.7 seconds with just four players.
Wellsville was in foul trouble from the very beginning of the game as Douglas was called for three fouls in the first quarter. He picked up his third with 2:39 left to play in the quarter with the Beavers up 16-9.
"They were three dumb fouls," Thompson said, "We talked about not fouling early in the game. In the first quarter, we had two players with two fouls and one with three.
"All of the fouls put us in a bind. We didn't have (Seth) Bradford, and our bench isn't as deep as we thought it was going to be."
A basket by Chamberlain put the Beavers up 16-6. Keyed by a 3-pointer by Sloan the Tigers scored the next seven points to pull within 16-13. Beaver Local led 18-13 after the first quarter.
"They started in man instead of their 1-2-2 zone," Walgate said about the Tigers. "They are great at it."
In the second stanza, the Tigers ripped off an 8-0 run to take a 23-19 lead. The Beavers countered with an 8-0 run of their own to take a 27-23 lead. Beaver Local led 31-27 at halftime.
The Tigers were able to get back in the game by amping up the pressure and picking up the pace, however, that was not always the case.
"We ran at times, and then we walked the ball up the court," Thompson said. "They sat back in that zone, and we didn't attack. we passed the ball around the perimeter. Five or six times in a row we came down and shots 3s. Instead of attacking the zone, we settled for jump shots."
Neither team was able to build much of an advantage in the third quarter. Wellsville outscored Beaver Local, 18-14, in the frame to send the game into the fourth quarter tied at 45.
"Coach Thompson does a great job," Walgate said. "He wouldn't have the number of wins he has if he wasn't a good coach. It was a hard-fought game."
In the fourth quarter, Beaver Local led 56-50 with 3:51 left to play in the game before Wellsville fought its way back into the game.
Scott was fouled on a 3-pointer, and the junior sank all three free throws to tie the score at 58 with 1:25 left to play in regulation. Then, Fultz scored on a layup underneath the basket to put the Tigers up 60-58 with 5.5 seconds showing on the clock.
"I want to thank the students," Walgate said. "They were all painted up. They were having fun. The kids were having fun. It was great to see. It was also nice to see different people in the community come out and enjoy a basketball game."
Beaver Local is 3-0 for the first time since the 2003-04 season. The Beavers finished that season 17-5.
"It is a great feeling," Walgate said. "It really feels good. The kids in the locker room are really working hard. The coaches feel great, and the kids feel great."
Wellsville won the JV game, 57-54. Stoakes scored 19 points to lead the way for the Tigers.
Beaver Local plays Friday night at home against Lakeview, while Wellsville plays Friday at Sebring.