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Dusters drop one in overtime PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 05 February 2011 12:39

• Leader & Times
BEAVER, Okla. — The stage was set for third-straight Friday night fantastic finish for the Beaver Dusters.
Beaver senior Samuel Becker (16 points) stepped to the free throw line and sank both to give the Dusters a 50-47 lead with 19.9 seconds left in regulation. But with the game on the line, 5-9 Laverne freshman guard, Trevor Harris launched a three with two Duster defenders in his face, and drilled it as the buzzer sounded to send the game to overtime, where Laverne prevailed, 57-53.
“That was a fun game to play in and a fun game to coach in,” said Duster’s Coach Brian Stalder. “I feel like every fan got their money’s worth tonight. It’s hard to lose a game like that. That was about as tough of a shot as you can have. We let it slip through our fingers.”
It was the long-distance shooting that made the difference in the closely contested battle. From 2-point range, both teams shot 31 times, with Beaver making one more. But while Beaver shot 36 percent (4 of 11) from beyond the arc, Laverne shot 54 percent (7 of 13).
Beaver had its chances, building leads to seven and six point in the first half by feeding the ball inside to Kalen Gabel (10 points) and David Rivera (10 points), only to see them dwindle away because of turnovers. Beaver went on an 11-0 run in the first quarter, but Laverne returned the favor with a 12-0 run to regain the lead.
“Having a lead and then giving it back, and not even getting a shot off is disappointing,” said Stalder. “That’s an area I’ve got to get better in so that it doesn’t happen.”
Both teams finished the first half with 24 points, and ended the third tied at 38. With 3:27 left in the fourth, Laverne’s Seth Overstreet (26 points) hit his third 3-pointer of the second half, but Beaver’s Cole Trippet tied it back up just nine seconds later.
Each team only made one field goal in the extra period, but the Tigers got to the line six times and made five for the difference.
Beaver is now 14-8 and will try to head into the playoffs on a winning note when they travel to Southwestern Heights Tuesday.

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