Big Comeback Nets Road NBC Win at Otsego

posted Jan 25, 2018, 6:34 PM by Steve Barr   [ updated Jan 25, 2018, 7:15 PM ]
1/25/18 - Varsity - Woodmore 67, at Otsego 64.  The Wildcats took an early punch from Otsego, but overcame the deficit by scoring 40 points in the second half to earn their fifth-straight win.  Otsego made six three-point field goals in the first quarter, five by Will Varner who had seven for the game and 27 points, as the Knights led 21-5 after Varner's fifth three-pointer of the quarter.  Woodmore rebounded to end the quarter with the last six points to trail 21-11.  When Otsego scored 11 of the first 14 points of the second quarter, they led 32-14.  Woodmore again made a late run in the quarter, finishing on a 13-6 run to cut the halftime deficit to 38-27.  The Wildcats then scored the first seven points of the third quarter to immediately get back in the game closing to within 38-34.  The two teams went back-and-forth with Woodmore finally taking the lead at 53-51 on an field goal from freshman Aaron Sandrock with 45.1 seconds left in the third quarter.  Otsego got the final points of the quarter on a three-pointer to take a 54-53 lead into the fourth quarter.  The Wildcats scored the first six points of the fourth quarter to lead 59-54 with 5:48 left.  Otsego responded by making consecutive three-pointers to re-take the lead at 60-59 with 5:20 left.  After a Woodmore free throw by senior Mitchell Miller, Otsego scored field goals on consecutive trips down the court to build a 64-60 advantage with 3:56 left.  It was the last points of the game for Otsego.  Sandrock had a field goal with 3:23 left and Miller hit a three-pointer with 1:07 left to give the Wildcats the lead for good at 65-64.  Miller's field goal came after a missed field goal by the Wildcats that came before a wild scramble for the ball ending with Miller's three-pointer.  With 48.4 seconds left Otsego was whistled for an offensive foul and Miller canned two free throws with 32.3 seconds left for a 67-64 lead.  Otsego came down and missed two attempts at three-pointers, but ended up with the ball out of bounds with 5.9 seconds left.  After calling a time out, Otsego missed a three-point attempt from the top of the key with two seconds left and the comeback win for the Wildcats was complete.  Junior Drew Burner keyed the run out of the locker room after halftime scoring 14 of his 26 points the the third quarter.  He did not score any points in the fourth quarter.  Miller scored 16 points, half of those in the fourth quarter, while junior Hayden Heidebrink added seven points and senior Kevin Paul and Sandrock each scored six points.  Woodmore had 22 field goals in the game, 10 of those three-pointers, while Otsego had 23 field goals, 13 of those three-pointers.  Woodmore was 13-of-16 at the charity stripe while Otsego was 5-of-5.  Junior Varsity - at Otsego 46, Woodmore 37.  The game was tied at 22-all at halftime and after Otsego gained a double digit lead in the fourth quarter, Woodmore cut the lead to four points before running out of gas.  Sophomore Paul Koenig led the Wildcats with 12 points while sophomore Cade Burroughs also chipped in with 12 points.  Freshman Andrew Barringer scored 10 points. Freshman - at Otsego 32, Woodmore 31. The freshman led 25-22 heading to the final quarter, but could not hold on.  DJ Melter scored eight points while Ethan McNair had six points and Zach Hunt and Isaac Betancourt added five points each.