Black­hawks lose 65-63 in triple over­time

The Times (Northeast Benton County) - - SPORTS - BY MARK HUMPHREY Spe­cial to The TIMES

FARM­ING­TON — Four dif­fer­ent end-of-the-game sce­nar­ios pre­sented them­selves as Farm­ing­ton and Pea Ridge went into triple over­time be­fore the Car­di­nals emerged with a 65-63 win last week.

The Tues­day, Dec. 18, game in Car­di­nal Arena fea­tured op­por­tu­ni­ties for Farm­ing­ton to win with the last pos­ses­sion at the end of reg­u­la­tion and in the first over­time; and a chance for Pea Ridge to do the same in the sec­ond over­time.

Nei­ther team suc­ceeded and pro­longed the con­test, which was tied 52-52 at the end of the fourth quar­ter, 54-54 af­ter one over­time, and 59-59 af­ter two over­times; went into a third four-minute bonus pe­riod.

Pea Ridge trailed for an ex­tended length af­ter Farm­ing­ton took a 27-19 lead in the sec­ond quar­ter.

Each time Farm­ing­ton built a lead, the Black­hawks made runs to stay in the game.

The Black­hawks closed to within, 27-23, on Will Feem­ster’s layup. The Car­di­nals re­sponded with an 11-4 run get­ting back-to-back layups from Jaylen Mon­tez. The first came on Austin Shel­ley’s re­bound and out­let to Will Prid­more, who found Mon­tez on the fly. Prid­more turned a steal into a long as­sist to Mon­tez re­leas­ing down­court and a 38-27 Car­di­nal lead.

Pea Ridge scored 9 unan­swered points to close out the third quar­ter. Black­hawk se­nior Nick Coble hit a 3-pointer and scored with his left hand to pull the Black­hawks within 38-36 at the end of the third.

In the first 1:29 of the fourth, Farm­ing­ton scored 6 straight points tak­ing a 42-36 lead on Prid­more’s free throws. Pea Ridge drew within, 44-41, on ju­nior Wes Wales’ 3-point play. Mon­tez went around a de­fender on the base­line to put the Car­di­nals back up by 5, but Pea Ridge used a 3-pointer from se­nior Alex Wilk­er­son and Wales’ layup to even the con­test at 46-46 with 3:25 re­main­ing in reg­u­la­tion.

The Black­hawks briefly led 50-49 on ju­nior Noah Peter­son’s free throws. Mon­tez an­swered with a trey push­ing the Car­di­nals back ahead, 52-50. Coble got to the hoop ty­ing the game. Farm­ing­ton played for the last shot, but the Black­hawks forced Prid­more into an awk­ward shot which missed at the buzzer.

There wasn’t much scor­ing in the first over­time, which be­gan with the score all even at, 52-52.

Farm­ing­ton got a jump-hook from Shel­ley while Pea Ridge added 2 points on Coble’s foul shots. The Black­hawks weren’t in the bonus and fouled forc­ing Farm­ing­ton to in-bound with 4.8 sec­onds left. The Car­di­nals again went to Prid­more but didn’t ex­e­cute well and his 3-point at­tempt was ha­rassed fall­ing off tar­get leav­ing the teams dead­locked at 54-54.

Farm­ing­ton scored first in the sec­ond over­time on Mon­tez’ pullup. Pea Ridge got a layup by ju­nior Bran­don What­ley shield­ing the ball with his body and Peter­son’s 3-pointer to take a 59-56 lead. In

an all-out bat­tle for a re­bound, Farm­ing­ton’s Danny Valen­zuela came up with the ball and spot­ted Mon­tez open at the topof-the-key for the ty­ing tri­fecta.

The ex­tended game be­gan to have an ef­fect on out­side shoot­ing and Wilk­er­son’s 3-pointer mis­fired. Prid­more re­bounded for Farm­ing­ton, but crashed into two of his team­mates and was called for trav­el­ing. Pea Ridge in-bounded un­der­neath the bas­ket with op­por­tu­nity to win. Eight sec­onds were left but Pea Ridge nearly drib­bled out the clock with­out get­ting a shot off.

To pre­vent that, Black­hawk head coach Trent Lloyd called time-out with 1.0 sec­onds show­ing and the Black­hawks in-bounded from the side. They got the look they wanted but Coble had to hurry af­ter catch­ing a lob and missed a layup bring­ing the game into a third over­time with the teams tied at 59 points apiece.

Prid­more con­trolled the tip-off for Farm­ing­ton, but the Car­di­nals’ legs were no longer fresh and Valen­zuela’s 3-pointer wouldn’t go down. What­ley cut and the Black­hawks found him. His layup fell in and Pea Ridge led 61-59. Shel­ley’s 15-footer at the other end off an as­sist by Prid­more tied the game. On its next pos­ses­sion, Farm­ing­ton went back to the 6’7”-big man and Shel­ley scored eas­ily on a lob by Valen­zuela.

What­ley drove hard to the bas­ket, but couldn’t get a layup to go down. Tyler Volmer re­bounded and was fouled. He sank both ends of the 1-and-1 to put the Car­di­nals ahead, 65-61, with 23.3 sec­onds on the clock. Wilk­er­son’s put-back drew the Black­hawks within 2 points and Lloyd took time-out with 9.9 sec­onds to go.

A missed free throw by Farm­ing­ton gave the Black­hawks a chance, but they missed two shots in the fi­nal sec­onds. Farm­ing­ton pre­vailed 65-63 in triple over­time.

Coble led the Black­hawks with 19 points. Wilk­er­son had 14 points and Wales had 11, join­ing him in dou­ble fig­ures.

Shel­ley led four Car­di­nals in dou­ble fig­ures with 20 points.

Staff pho­to­graph by Mark Humphrey

Pea Ridge se­nior Car­son Rhine re­leases a jump-shot. Rhine scored 5 points in the Black­hawks’ triple over­time 65-63 loss to Farm­ing­ton on Tues­day, Dec. 18, in Car­di­nal Arena.

Staff pho­to­graph by Mark Humphrey

Pea Ridge se­nior Lan­don Al­li­son han­dles the bas­ket­ball against Car­di­nal cen­ter Austin Shel­ley. The Black­hawks lost 65-63 to Farm­ing­ton on Tues­day, Dec. 18, 2018, in Car­di­nal Arena.

Staff pho­to­graph by Mark Humphrey

Pea Ridge se­nior Car­son Rhine draws three de­fend­ers to him then dumps the ball off to team­mate Wes Wales for an easy in­side bucket. The Black­hawks lost in triple over­time, 65-63, on Tues­day, Dec. 18, in Car­di­nal Arena.

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