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'Dogs fight their way to a win in four OTs

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

(Sentinel photo by Kent Jones) LCS sophomore Tyler Borchers puts up a shot over SB-L senior Kyle Ten Napel in the Bulldogs' four-overtime win over the Warriors at home Monday. Borchers led at the basket for LCS with 18 points and 14 rebounds.
LE MARS -- After trailing for most the game, the Bulldogs got a hold of Sergeant Bluff-Luton and wouldn't let go, pushing the game into four overtimes for the 82-78 win.

"It was a battle," LCS boys coach Dave Irwin said. "We shot poorly, both from the field and from the free throw line, but we found a way to win. We showed a lot of depth and a lot of heart."

With 75 seconds to go in regulation play, LCS sophomore Tyler Borchers tied it up at 56-56.

(Sentinel photo by Kent Jones) LCS sophomore Tyler Paulson sinks a layup over his Warrior defender in the Bulldogs' four-OT victory.
SB-L (3-6) had a chance to win it and made a bucket, but the score didn't count due to a Warrior charging foul.

A missed pass stalled LCS' chance to take the win, and another botched pass, this one for SB-L, sent the game into overtime.

The Warriors opened scoring in the first four-minute OT, but LCS answered back with a trey from Parker Rolfes to make it 59-58.

The Bulldogs held the lead until the end of the first OT, when SB-L clambered back into the game with some foul shots, pushing the game into a second overtime at 61-61.

The Warriors nailed three foul shots in the second OT, but LCS answered back with a foul shot and a field goal by Tanner Anthony to make it 64-64.

SB-L missed a pass, giving LCS the chance at the last shot with 18 seconds to go, but the 'Dogs missed, sending play into a third overtime.

The Warriors lost a key player early in the third extra period. One of their leading scorers, junior Thomas Wisecup, fouled out.

With 16 extra minutes of OT play, both teams got into foul trouble. SB-L had to pull four of their players and LCS fouled out starting guards Gabe Rahn and Parker Rolfes.

"We had some young guys -- Tyler Borchers and Tyler Paulson --give us some great minutes. They were a big part of what we did tonight," Irwin said.

Sophomore Borchers scored 16 points and pulled down 14 rebounds for LCS and Paulson racked up his most minutes of varsity play, scoring 13 points for the 'Dogs.

"Paulson was kind of thrown into a situation that maybe he wasn't anticipating but he played well for us," Irwin said. "When two of our starting guards fouled out, he came in and really did a nice job."

In the third overtime, LCS' Kyle Dolph scored first with two free throws. Later, a layup by sophomore Paulson and a score from Dolph down the lane stretched LCS' lead to 72-67.

Borchers blocked a three-point attempt by SB-L with 56 seconds to go in the third OT, but the Warriors came back with a trey by freshman Connor Murrell to make it 72-70.

Paulson went to the foul line for the 'Dogs and scored one, but SB-L's Murrell found the basket again from beyond the arc to tie it up.

LCS had a good look at the basket with a run by Jake Irwin down the lane, but the ball bounced out to send the game into a fourth overtime at 73-73.

Tyler Borchers started a Bulldog run with a two-pointer coming off an assist from Paulson. Paulson followed up with a jump shot to make it 77-73 with about two minutes to go. LCS had a chance to stretch their lead with some foul shots, but couldn't convert. SB-L closed it to two with a minute left in the fourth OT.

In the end, it was a game won by foul shots.

The Warriors put LCS' Brenden Collins to the line and he hit a free throw to give the 'Dogs a three-point lead. With less than 15 seconds to go, SB-L went to the foul line and gained two points to make it a one-point game at 78-77.

LCS' Collins was fouled with 11.9 seconds to go and scored two for the Bulldogs to stretch the lead to three again.

The Warriors got back to the foul line and shortened LCS' lead to two at 80-78, then Borchers went to the charity stripe and scored the two points that secured the Bulldogs' win.

"When you play a game like that, it's kind of a game of attrition," Irwin said. "We ended up making just enough plays at the end to come out on top."

Borchers led LCS' scoring with 18 points.

Dolph added 16 points for LCS and Paulson scored 13 points.

LCS' Jake Irwin was held to nine points for the game, unlike his usual double digits.

"Jake didn't play one of his better games, but it's nice to see we have guys that are able to take a little bit of the load off and allow him to have a game like that," the LCS coach said.

LCS was 28-for-65 on field goals for 43 percent and 18-of-34 at the foul line.

The Warriors also had three in double figures for the night.

Nate Glisar, a junior, led all scoring with 19 points. Junior Wisecup scored 14 and junior Bryce Hanson added 13 points for SB-L.

On rebounds, Tyler Borchers led the Bulldogs with 14 for a double-double night, and Parker Rolfes grabbed seven boards.

"I'm proud of the guys for hanging in there," Coach Irwin said. "We battled through it and showed a lot of heart and character."

Quarter scores for the game were: 15-10, SB-L: 29-24, SB-L; 44-41 SB-L; 56-56 tie; 61-61 (first OT); 64-64 (second OT); 73-73 (third OT); 82-78 (fourth OT).

With the win, the Bulldogs' record improves to 7-3. They next hit the hardwood Friday when they head to Storm Lake for conference play.

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