Another overtime thriller, New England loses to Shiloh Christian

 

It took New England 18 years to get back to the state tournament, so they’re going to play as long as they can. For the second time in less than 24 hours the Tigers were forced into overtime.

 

 

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By COLE BENZ | Herald Editor | cbenz@countrymedia.net

It took New England 18 years to get back to the state tournament, so they’re going to play as long as they can. For the second time in less than 24 hours the Tigers were forced into overtime.

New England had only two loses all season, and one was to Shiloh Christian. The Skyhawks got the Tigers again, winning 61-58.

Facing off in the consolation bracket of the state tournament, Shiloh got hot from the three-point line and beat the Tigers in this thriller.

After one quarter of play the Tigers held a 15-10 lead.

Brady Bender dished the ball to Daniel Prince in a nifty pick-and-roll, and Prince made it for the two-point basket with 20 seconds remaining in the half. The Tigers held a four-point lead after two quarters before the Skyhawks would start draining 3-point shots.

The Skyhawks made 11 3-pointers on the day with eight of them coming in the second half.

In just three minutes of play, Shiloh managed to overcome a four-point deficit to take a six-point lead in the fourth quarter.

New England roared back with eight unanswered points to regain a two-point lead at the 3:45 mark.

With 31.8 seconds left in regulation, and the game all tied up, the Tigers had possession. But they lost control of the ball and the Skyhawks called a timeout with 14.7 seconds remaining.

Shiloh had the ball in the waning seconds but missed a jumper to send it into overtime.

Shiloh Christian’s Seth Losos hit a 3-pointer to give the Skyhawks a 59-58 point lead late in the overtime period. And with 12 seconds left Blake Emmel was fouled and made both his shots to give to go up by three on the Tigers

The Tigers called a timeout.

Prince got the ball on the inbound pass and let it ride at the buzzer. The shot hit the inside of the rim and bounced out, sealing New England’s fate.

Leading the Tigers in scoring was Prince with 22. Behind him were John Urlacher and Cody Holt who each had 10. Bendar provided his team with five rebounds.

Top scorer for Shiloh Christian was Andrew Hartman who put up 17 followed by Losos, scoring 12.

The Tigers face off against the MayPort-CG Patriots at 1 p.m. (CT) for seventh place.

 

NE            15 9 14 16 4

SC            10 8 16 20 7

 

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