Josey Vansickle (#30) elevates for two of his 21 points in Friday's game against Shakamak.
CLAY CITY -- Through one half of basketball the Clay City Eels had held Shakamak's high scoring Jared Rehmel to just five points. But in the second half, Rehmel was the key glue that held the Lakers together on the way to outlasting the Eels in a 43-42 overtime win.
There were 11 lead changes and two three ties after halftime and both teams had a shot at taking control down the stretch.
The Eels put together a a strong rush early in the fourth quarter after Rehmel tied the score at 22-apiece to open the period after a steal and layin. Stephen Johnson putback a rebound of a Dustin Griffith miss to go ahead 24-22 and following a Rehmel 3-pointer that put the Lakers temporarily ahead by a point. A Shakamak turnover led to Josey Vansickle knocking down a 3-pointer with 3:47 left in the game. At the other end, Dustin Griffith stole the ball at the top of the key and raced to the other end for a layin and a 29-25 Clay City advantage. Shakamak committed an offensive foul that firmly cemented the Eels' momentum on the following possession, but Rehmel came to the rescue.
With the Eels looking to squeeze the Lakers even further, Rehmel stole the ball and raced to a layin and on the ensuing Clay City possession, the Lakers got another steal and Rehmel would sink a free throw to put the outcome back in doubt.
Tyler Utterback would continue the Shakamak run with a pair of free throws with 1:43 left and a Caleb Norris steal and layup capped a 7-0 run by the Lakers that gave them a 32-29 lead.
Garrett Thatcher responded for the Eels by taking a pass to the post and getting fouled, narrowly missing a shot at a three-point play. He knocked down both free throws to narrow the lead to 32-31 with 1:01 left in regulation.
The Lakers got another pair of free throws from Rehmel to push the advantage back to three points in the waning seconds.
Clay City's Stephen Johnson made just two of his first 11 shots, but it was his 3-pointer from the corner with just two seconds left that sent the game into overtime tied at 34-apiece.
Vansickle kicked off the overtime with a leaner that gave the Eels a quick lead but the Lakers got a hoop from sophomore Justin Cox and another steal and basket from Rehmel along with two free throws to take a 40-36 lead with 1:11 left.
Vansickle answered back for the Eels by hitting his fourth 3-pointer of the game, as part of a 21 point night, to get the Eels back to 40-39, but Cox would hit a free throw and Griffith would miss a driving attempt to the basket with 8.8 seconds left.
Norris was fouled with 4.6 seconds left with Shakamak on top by a 41-39 lead and he would hit both to cement the outcome. Vansickle would hit his fifth 3-pointer at the buzzer to leave the Eels one point short.
Despite having just five at halftime, Rehmel still surpassed his season average of 25.3 ppg. by tallying 27 on Friday.
Thatcher would score nine points and add 10 rebounds while Johnson added seven points for the Eels.
In the JV game, the Eels would put together a 29-3 second half run to run off to a 51-20 victory to advance to 11-2 overall.
Jared Defore had 11 points and both Kyler Rhodes and Will Kennedy each had 10 points. Orry Heffner had six points in the victory.
Clay City (7-8 overall) will face Bloomfield this evening beginning with the 6:30 p.m.
Shakamak 43, Clay City 42 OT
At Clay City
Rehmel 7-18 10-13 27, Norris 1-1 2-2 4, McNabb 0-2 0-0 0, Cox 3-4 3-6 8, Utterbeck 1-4 2-2 4, Vandeventer 0-1 0-0 0, May 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 13-30 16-23 43.
Clay City (42)
Griffith 1-5 0-0 2, Vansickle 8-20 0-0 21, Moon 0-0 0-0 0, Farmer 0-0 0-0 0, Thatcher 3-8 3-4 9, Johnson 3-13 0-0 7, Schroer 0-0 0-0 0, Bettenbrock 0-0 0-0 0, Shouse 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 15-47 3-4 42.
3-point fieldgoals -- SH 1-5 (Rehmel 1-4, McNabb 0-1), CC 7-21 (Vansickle 5-10, Jeffers 1-1, Johnson 1-9, Griffith 0-1). Total Rebounds -- SH 20 (Vandeventer 3), CC 27 (Thatcher 10, Vansickle 4). Total Fouls -- SH 10, CC 18. Turnovers -- SH 10, CC 13.