HC Wins Double OT Thriller

 In a match-up between two NAIA heavyweights, it only seems fitting that it would require two extra periods to determine a winner. The NAIA Division II 7th-ranked Huntington College Foresters (12-5) outlasted 3rd-ranked Cedarville University (13-3) to earn the 84-81 upset in a double overtime thriller. Huntington built a 12-point lead with just under five minutes left in the first half and headed to the locker room with a 38-28 lead. The Yellow Jackets stepped up their defense in the second half and held the Foresters to just 25 points. Cedarville had its biggest lead of the half at 57-51 with 5:22 to play and were up 63-60 with 1:46 after a Ryan Short free throw. On Huntington’s next possession, Adam Bontreger was left open at the top and knocked down his only field goal of the game, a 3-pointer to knot the score at 63-63. Both defenses held over the final 1:46 to send the game to its first extra period. Two minutes into the first overtime, Huntington’s Jared Yoder hit a layup to give the Foresters a six-point cushion, but again the Yellow Jacket defense responded, holding Huntington scoreless for the final three minutes of the period. An old-fashion 3-point play by Cedarville’s Jason Weakley with :26 showing on the clock gave the Yellow Jackets new life by tying the score at 71-71. Alex Kock’s shot at the buzzer fell short forcing the game to a second overtime. Huntington again took the early lead. Steve Snider hit two free throws to give the Foresters a 77-72 advantage with just under three minutes to play. Cedarville responded with a 6-1 run to tie it at 78 all with a minute to play. After using most of the shot clock on the next possession, Huntington’s Yoder missed a jumper just inside the lane, but teammate Doug Sheckler came up with a big offensive rebound that led to a Kock baseline jumper and an 80-78 lead for the Foresters. Kock was then fouled going for a defensive rebound after a Cedarville miss. Kock drained both free throws to put Huntington up four with :17 left in the game. The Yellow Jackets pushed the ball up the floor and Guy Rathmell immediately knocked down a trey to cut it to 82-81. Cedarville again sent Kock to the line and he calmly sank both to put the Foresters up 84-81. A last second 3-point attempt by Cedarville’s Short missed everything. Kock finished the game with a game-high 35 points. He went 12-22 from the floor and 10-13 from the line. Yoder and Sheckler each added 14. Thomas Mugabe led three Yelllow Jackets in double figures with 21 and a game-high 17 rebounds. The Foresters will be back in action at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 4, when they travel to Marian College to resume conference play.


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