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Gehlen boys overcome Trinity in four OTs

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

HULL -- The Gehlen Catholic School boys basketball team had to earn their win over Trinity Christian Monday -- wrestling out a 75-67 victory in four overtimes.

The Jays got kick started late, but it was in time for them to steal away Trinity's three-quarter lead in the non-conference matchup.

"It was my first time to have four overtimes. It was pretty exciting," Gehlen head coach Mike Langel said.

In each of the four-minute OTs, the Jays would jump out and take control with a three or four point lead, but one way or another Trinity edged back in and pushed it into another OT, Langel said.

"They'd always find a way to get back in it, tie it up," he said. "Both teams were pretty tired, so the offense slowed down a little bit, and we just battled back and forth."

In the end, Gehlen outlasted Trinity, which had all its players return from last season, including several seniors.

"They had a nice team; I was pretty happy to get a win out of there," Langel said. "Trinity is going to win a lot of games this year."

In a low-scoring first quarter, Trinity dominated with a 12-6 lead.

By halftime, Trinity stretched their lead to 10, heading to the locker room with a 26-16 edge.

But the Jays weren't ready to throw in a towel.

In the third quarter, Gehlen junior Blake Wiltgen and senior Michael Whitehead hit back-to-back threes for a little bit of Jay momentum.

"That kind of sparked us and got the team fired up," Langel said.

The Jays had closed the gap to 35-34, Trinity, by the end of the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Gehlen let Trinity push ahead again, getting out front by about six points.

Then the Jays started a full-court press.

"We got back into it and tied it up again," Langel said.

At the fourth-quarter buzzer, the score was 52-52.

The Jays held on and outplayed Trinity in the 16 extra minutes on the court.

For the Jays, Wiltgen led with rebounds 14, junior Colton Kneip pulled down 11 and senior Derek Bretey came off the bench to nab six rebounds and score eight points for the Jays.

Whitehead led scoring with 32 points for Gehlen, although only four of those came in the first half.

"He had kind of a big second half -- actually it was more in the fourth quarter and the overtimes," Langel said.

Gehlen had two other scorers in double figures for the night: Wiltgen logged 14 points and Kneip added 13.

Wiltgen made four assists for the Jays and Whitehead had three for the night.

Langel said he saw a lot of good play from his team.

"The subs came in and did a nice job. we put them in in different places," he said. "Solomon Freking, a sophomore, played a nice game, and Alex Kellen started as a sophomore. I thought they both had a nice game."

Langel said his seniors played well, too.

"Derek Bretey did a nice job, especially defensively," the coach said.

Gehlen next meets up with R-U on the Jays' home court.

"We always have a good game with them," Langel said. "It could be exciting again."

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