Wolverines left with loss after nail-biter
by Emily Horos
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Woodstock’s Zach Case tries to save the ball as he gets pushed to the sideline by Milton’s defense. The Wolverines played the Eagles to two overtimes before eventually falling.
<BR>Staff photo by Todd Hull
Woodstock’s Zach Case tries to save the ball as he gets pushed to the sideline by Milton’s defense. The Wolverines played the Eagles to two overtimes before eventually falling.
Staff photo by Todd Hull
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WOODSTOCK — Woodstock made a stunning 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds left in regulation Friday and forced overtime, but it eventually fell to Milton 65-63 in double overtime.

Woodstock (2-9, 0-4 Region 5AAAAAA) led by as much as five points in the fourth quarter, but Milton battled back to tie it at 49-all with 49 seconds remaining. The Eagles then took the lead with a layup followed by a free throw.

With 4.3 seconds left, Woodstock inbounded the ball from under Milton’s basket. Preston Hurter caught the ball just on the Wolverines’ side of the court and launched a long 3 about halfway between midcourt and the top of the arc that found nothing but the bottom of the net.

The Eagles tried in vain to score in the final 1.5 seconds of the game and the game went into overtime, where Woodstock once more worked last-minute magic to tie it.

Hurter hit two more 3-pointers in the first overtime period, but Milton held a 59-57 lead with 10 seconds remaining. Following a timeout, Woodstock brought the ball inbounds near midcourt. Chris Mowery took control of the ball near the top of the arc and drove toward the basket for the game-tying layup.

The second overtime saw free throws cost Woodstock once more. Milton scored five of its seven points from the line, while Mowery made the only two attempts for Woodstock.

The Wolverines had a chance to tie the game with 20 seconds left, but they couldn’t get a shot to fall.

Woodstock struggled offensively in the first quarter and trailed 10-5. But the Wolverines began clicking in the second quarter and closed the game to 21-19 as Ryan Clark and Mowery connected for a series of free throws.

In the third quarter, Woodstock continued to use long-rang shots to its advantage. Thomas Carroll hit two 3s, while Mowery and Hurter each added another as the Wolverines swung from five points down to a seven-point lead in the span of 2 minutes. The third quarter ended with Woodstock up 36-31.

The fourth quarter saw Milton put together a rally of its own. Jordan Burrow drove to the basket for a series of layups, often drawing fouls in the process. Chris Lewis and Mo Lewis also connected at the free-throw line as Milton edged to a 49-47 lead with 2:22 remaining.

Woodstock tied the game after a steal by Jalen Hannah led to a Mowery layup, knotting the game at 49-all with 1:50 left.

Free throws put Milton up 52-49 to set up the long three-pointer by Hurter.
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