Jay Moton from the Northwood Rangers and Jay Matz from the Lakota Raiders both had great shooting nights for their teams.
Jay Moton from the Northwood Rangers and Jay Matz from the Lakota Raiders both had great shooting nights for their teams. Moton lead the Rangers with a game high 27, Matz led the Raiders with 25. Both were shooting well from behind the three-point line, but it was Matz’ two made two three-point field goals late in the regulation to force overtime, that helped the Raiders to a 67-65 win in Kansas on Wednesday.
The game was close throughout, each team held a five-point lead at different points in the game. Northwood led 18-13 in the first quarter after Logan McDermott completed a three-point play with a made foul shot. Elijah Franks helped to pull the Raiders even with a made three and then a steal and pass to Matz that would end with a Carter Reinhart basket. Moton would score a three-point goal and Matz a made basket to finish the first quarter Northwood leading 21-20.
Dakota Travis opened the second quarter scoring for the Raiders with two of his four points in the game, Franks then had a made three-point basket to build a 25-21 early 2nd quarter lead. McDermott and Logan Carroll would combine for five Northwood points to regain the lead before Matz scored four straight points to put the Raiders back up 29-26. The teams would trade baskets and Franks making one of two free throws allowed Donovan Brown from Northwood to tie the game at 32 at halftime.
The third quarter scoring was much the same as the first half, Matz received scoring help from Colin Hipsher, Franks and Reinhart, Moton of Northwood received scoring help from Cameron Price and McDermott. The Raiders used physical play and good defense to limit the height advantage that McDermott held over the Raiders, Travis and Cameron Balderson limited McDermott to two third quarter points after scoring 11 in the first half. Lakota led 45-41 late in the third before Matz was called for a charge and Northwood would use the turnover to pull to 45-43 at the end of the third quarter.
McDermott scored the first basket of the fourth quarter to tie the game at 45. Matz scored on a drive and Price scored a three-point goal for Northwood to go up 48-47. Balderson was active on the boards with rebounds and put backs and combined with Hipsher for Lakota to build a 53-50 lead. Northwood got a quick fast break basket after a Lakota time out to trail 53-52. After a Northwood timeout with 4.04 remaining an outlet to Moton and a made three-pointer would put Northwood up 55-53, Balderson was fouled and made one of two fouls shots for a 55-54 Northwood lead. Moton scored another three-point basket to extend the Ranger lead to 58-54, he then had a steal and another three-point shot but was fouled in the act of shooting. Moton would make one of three foul shots to leave the door open for Lakota leading 59-54. Matz drained a three-pointer with 40.9 second remaining in the game, a long inbound pass to Moton and a foul by Matz would give Moton two free throws, but he hit one of two and Matz would drain a three to tie the game at 60.
In overtime Reinhart scored a three-point basket to start the scoring, and great defense by the Raiders kept the Rangers scoreless much of the extra period, the Raiders had an opportunity to put the game away but missed five straight free throws. Reinhart’s basket gave the Raiders a 65-60 lead, poor shooting decisions by Lakota allowed Moton a fast break and a foul gave him the opportunity to complete a three-point play, another Lakota foul gave Moton a one and one, he would make both to tie the game at 65. Lakota called a time out with 14.5 seconds left to look for a last second shot. Matz was fouled with 4.1 seconds remaining and made both free throws.
Lakota’s only made free throws of overtime would prove to be the difference in the game, as Northwood would call a time out with 1.7 seconds remaining to set up a play but good defense by the Raiders would not allow the Rangers a good look and their last second shot would be off the mark.
Lakota: Matz 25, Reinhart 15, Franks 9, Balderson 7, Hipsher 5, Travis 4, Schaser 2
Northwood: Moton 27, McDermott 17, Price 5, Kalelo Berry 5, Carroll 3, Kayuon Black 3, Rickie Fry 3, Donovon Brown 2