Boys Junior Varsity Basketball, Boys Varsity Basketball · Stars grind out win over Blackhawks in OT

Feb 18, 2019

Dover — Western Boone wasn’t at their best Saturday night against Sheridan, but they found a way to win.

The Stars overcame a five-point deficit in regulation, then topped the visiting Blackhawks 49-44.

“We have talked about perseverance and resiliency,” Western Boone head coach Bronson Lickliter said. “This was a game that we really had to show it. Sheridan played a very good game, they executed their stuff well, and we didn’t attack their 2-3 very well. Then when we did, we didn’t finish as well as we normally do. But the guys persevered and we were able to come out on top in overtime.”

Western Boone led by three at the end of the first quarter, but the Blackhawks led by one at the half and by two after three.

Both teams struggled to hit shots in the fourth quarter, and Sheridan led 39-34 with less than three minutes to play. The Stars used a quick spurt to take the lead, with Cortez Stoudemire hitting a 3-pointer and two free throws to tie the game, and then Spencer Wright capping a 7-0 run that spanned less than a minute to give Western Boone its first lead since early in the second quarter 41-39.

Sheridan retook the lead on a three-point play, but Lucas Morton split a pair of free throws with 54.2 left to knot the score at 42. After the Blackhawks turned it over on the inbounds, the Stars held for the final shot, but good looks from Andrew McAtee and Wright didn’t fall, sending the game to overtime.

The Blackhawks led 44-43 with less than two minutes to go in overtime, but the Stars took the lead for good when Peyton Young drove and drew two defenders, before passing to Pat Shallenberger on a back-door cut to give the Stars the lead with 1:39 to go.

“Pat read that very well, and we have talked to P.Y. about drawing those top guys in the zone because they are extended,” Lickliter said. “When he drove, they had to help up and left Pat. That was a nice play.”

After a defensive stop, Wright was put on the line with 46.4 seconds to go and made the first, but missed the second free throw. McAtee flew in to grab a key offensive rebound, and got the ball to Young who was fouled and then split a pair of free throws himself to put the Stars up three with 25 seconds left.

Sheridan missed a tying 3-pointer on the other end, and McAtee grabbed the rebound and went coast-to-coast for the game-clinching basket.

“We have talked to him about really attacking the rebounds,” Lickliter said. “He has a good mindset of ‘I’m going to grab this rebound,’ and he did a really good job of attacking the glass. Sheridan have a couple of guys that really rebound well, so at the end, it was good to have him in there and be able to get in position to grab some of those key rebounds.”

Wright led the Stars with 19 points and six rebounds, along with four steals. Stoudemire added 12 points, and Shallenberger 9.

The Stars are now 10-11 on the year and have won two-straight games.

They have a chance to get back to .500 on Friday night against Clinton Prairie (13-7).

It will be the Stars’ senior night.

“They are a talented team and they have been playing some good basketball as of late,” Lickliter said. “They have a good system that they have been running for some time. We have to stay disciplined defensively and can’t allow them some of the cuts and openings in their motion offense.”