Times Staff Reporter
After battling in two close, down to the minute games, neither the "A" or "B" North Clay eighth-grade boys' basketball team could come away with a victory against the Edgewood Colts Thursday night, losing 32-31 and 31-28 in overtime, respectively.
The first match was tight throughout the entire game, with North Clay down by a slim margin at the half, 18-14. However, in the third quarter, North Clay's Jacob Harden came alive to score four of his six points to help contribute to taking the lead after three periods, 25-22.
Unfortunately for North Clay, the Colts' Austin Ranard scored eight points in the fourth quarter to retake the lead from the Knights.
Late in the final quarter, with the score 32-25 in favor of Edgewood, North Clay's Gabe Rogers connected on consecutive three-pointers to bring North Clay within one point of a tie. Rogers scored eight points in the game.
After an Edgewood turnover, the Knights had a shade of hope, but then their luck ran out. With 16 seconds left in the game, Joe Ball missed the game-winning shot, sealing the victory for the Colts.
Ball, however, did have six points in the loss.
"I thought Derek Mills played extremely well," North Clay head coach Shawn Hughes said. "After being hurt for the first half of the season, he comes in and plays hard and intense. That's what we really like."
Skyler Aguilar scored three points Thursday night. Gaddis Baysinger added five to the team's total. Cade Newton contributed two points himself. Mills scored a point in the Knights' game one loss.
The second game was more of the same for North Clay. After two quarters, the score was tied at 9-9.
In the second half, however, the shots started to fall for both teams. The Knights' Nick McCollum contributed with three points in the third quarter to help North Clay.
McCollum ended with five points.
Also scoring for the Knights in the third was Paul Dickison, who had all four of his points in the period.
At the start of the fourth, Edgewood was ahead, 19-16. Kade Carter boosted North Clay's comeback with four of his five points in the final period.
After all four quarters, the game was tied at 25-all. It was headed to overtime.
North Clay's Kurtis Yocom connected on a clutch three-pointer to help the comeback effort in overtime, but committed a charging foul with 11 seconds left in the game, effectively ending it for the Knights.
Yocom finished with four points.
Keegan Roembke contributed with three points in the game. Antoney Bryan added three of his own, and both Seth Payton and Mitch Thomas scored two points each in the overtime loss.
North Clay's next game is at South Vermillion on January 10th at 6 p.m.
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