Tigers fall in OT basketball nightmare
The final 12 minutes of regulation must have seemed like a bad dream for the Douglas Tigers in their game with the Hug Hawks on Tuesday.
The ensuing four minutes of overtime weren’t much better as the Hawks closed out a back-and-forth game with an 11-2 run that completed an 81-74 victory.
Douglas scored 16 points in a row during a five minute span of the late second and early third quarters and led by 18 points with 3:46 left in the third.
Hug immediately responded with 12 unanswered points in less than two minutes to get back in the game. The Hawks then used an 11-2 run to post a 53-51 lead, their first advantage since midway through the first quarter.
The Tigers answered with an 11-0 run of their own in the fourth quarter that established a 62-53 lead, but almost nothing went right for the Tigers the rest of the night.
Hug scored the final eight points in regulation to send the game into overtime tied at 64. The Hawks made nine of 11 free-throw attempts in the extra period, including seven of eight in the final 1:18 to blow open a 72-72 tie.
“I thought shot selection was what really cost us the game,” Douglas coach Keith Lewis said. “We had an eight-point lead with about 90 seconds left (in regulation) and we just didn’t handle that situation very well.
“I thought we had some very ill-advised shots. Shots that were forced. Shots that we didn’t even need. You just can’t handle those situations like we handled them. I’ll take responsibility. We didn’t spend a lot of time, or any time maybe I should say, working on late-game situations. We found out the hard way that’s something we have to work on.”
Four Tigers scored in double figures. Seth Lee finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds, Will Thomas scored 18 points, Erik Olson added 15 points and Rob Honer added 11 points and eight rebounds.
Hug also had four players finish in double figures. Terry Little scored a game-high 21 points, including four 3-pointers, Martin Trovela added 19 points, Jared Talancon hit four 3-pointers and finished with 16 points and Ryan Wholey scored 12 points.