Wolverines can’t convert chances in overtime period
by Chris Byess
December 28, 2012 01:06 AM | 2450 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
12-27-12 Pickens Classic 04.Matt Scott of Woodstock High gets tripped up by the Loganville defense during Thursday's tournament at Pickens High. Staff/Todd Hull
12-27-12 Pickens Classic 04.Matt Scott of Woodstock High gets tripped up by the Loganville defense during Thursday's tournament at Pickens High. Staff/Todd Hull
JASPER — Though Woodstock put up a fight against Loganville in Thursday’s night’s opener of the Pickens Holiday Invitational, it eventually fell 46-44 in overtime after two game-winning shot attempts went just wide.

Down two with just over 7 seconds left in overtime, Woodstock (3-6) inbounded the ball to Chris Mowery, who then raced up the court and put up a 3-point shot. The ball hit the backboard, and though the Wolverines’ Matt Scott got a hand on the rebound, he was never able to fully bring it under his control and could only throw a desperation shot towards the basket.

As Scott’s shot missed, Loganville (7-4) broke into celebration.

Woodstock coach Brady Richeson felt poor shot selection towards the end of the game cost the Wolverines the victory.

“Our shot selection really hurt us,” said Richeson, who saw his team drop their third game in a row. “We played some decent defense, but we just have to make shots to win.”

Thought it trailed for the majority of the game, Woodstock refused to make life easy for Loganville.

After taking a 12-8 first period lead, the Wolverines fell behind when the Red Devils went on a 13-point run that lasted from the end of the first quarter well into the second.

Down 21-12 and looking as if the game may slip Woodstock’s grasp, Thomas Carroll and Mowery hit back-to-back 3-pointers to draw the Wolverines within four.

After the teams traded shots, Woodstock went into halftime down 25-20.

Loganville came out in the third quarter the better of the two teams and led 38-30 entering the fourth, with Woodstock in danger of falling out of the contention once again.

But the final period of regulation was controlled by the Wolverines, as the Red Devils found themselves unable to score a single point, thanks in large part to an aggressive Woodstock defense.

At one point, clinging onto a four-point lead, Loganville resorted to stalling on multiple occasions, holding the ball in the same place for up to 30 seconds at a time.

After a free throw from Jalen Hannah, Woodstock was finally able to tie the game off of a Carroll 3-pointer with just under a minute remaining.

With 15 seconds to go in regulation, it looked as if Loganville might win it when Stevon Graves powered his way under the basket to put up a shot. Waiting for him, however, was the 6-foot-7 Scott, who made a vital block to keep Woodstock alive.

Unfortunately for the Wolverines, they would eventually fall just short.

Leading Woodstock in scoring on the night was Carroll, who finished the game with 11. Preston Hurter added nine and Mowery had eight.

All of Scott’s five points came in the first half.

Sharing game-high point totals were Loganville’s Ta’Kein Dixon and Graves, who each finished with 12.

Though Richeson was disappointed with the loss, he hailed his players’ effort and unwillingness to quit.

“I was proud of the fact that we never gave up,” he said. “I liked the way we constantly fought. It was impressive.”

Woodstock will look to rebound from the loss today when it takes on Robbinsville (N.C.) in the second game of the three-day invitational.

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