McCUTCHEN TOURNEY: 'Cats Finish Pool Play Undefeated After Double OT Thriller
SAN ANGELO, TX-- The Central Bobcats and Cedar Park Timberwolves needed two overtimes to settle their final game of pool play. Central pulled away in the second overtime for a 66-55 win.
The Bobcats and Timberwolves were tied at 21 to end the first half. Central took a 31-29 lead going into the fourth quarter.
Central's lead would grow to as many as seven behind Deveraux Minix's seven fourth quarter points. Cedar Park would wipe that out with 18 points in the final period of regulation to tie the game at 47.
The Bobcats had a chance to win it at the buzzer, but could not finish in the lane. However, Cedar Park was issued a technical foul after the buzzer sounded and gave Central two shots from the free throw line. Minix split the trip to give Central a 48-47 lead before the first overtime even began.
Yet, neither team could gain a solid advantage and the teams ended the first overtime deadlocked at 53.
Highlighted by Tristan Lopez's five points from the free throw line, Central went on a 13-2 run to finish the game and claim their third win of the season.
Minix finished with the team's high scoring of 23 points. Lopez finished with 19 points. Michael Bonner was the only other Bobcat in double figures with 11 points.
Central will play at 3:30 p.m. against the winner from Pool A. That pool is made up of Justin Northwest, El Paso Chapin and Midland Lee.
Central Drops First Game of Bracket Play
Into the second round of the tournament, The Central Bobcats fell to The Northwest Texans 78-47.
Northwest came out fast and aggressive on defense. They pressed hard all game, even giving Central trouble when inbounding the ball. The Bobcats did their best to move the ball around on offense, but could not stack up to the Texans early lead.
Luke Ramos was the leading scorer for the Bobcats with 13. Central’s Ryan Clark also made it into the double digits with 12 points.Northwests’ Avery Anderson who accounted for 19 of the Texans’ overall score. Anderson is a nationally ranked player who is committed to further his basketball career at Oklahoma State University.
The Texans averaged over 20 for the first three quarters, which kept their lead on Centrals average of just over 10 points per quarter.
Central will play again Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at Lake View.