Wolverines Need Four OTs To Trim Panthers

WESTFIELD – In 29 years of coaching, Westfield coach Bob North has never seen his team play a four-overtime contest.

Until Thursday.

The Wolverines (8-7, 5-4) overcame a collapse in the fourth quarter to outduel the Panama Panthers (10-5, 6-4), 71-65, in Division 2 West boys high school basketball.

With a minute to play in regulation, the Wolverines watched their six-point lead vanish as the Panthers forced overtime with the score tied, 51-all.

The teams battled to a 58-58 deadlock after the first overtime and a 62-all tie after two overtimes. After three overtimes, the score was still tied, 65-all. However, the Wolverines finally put the game away in the fourth overtime, outscoring the visitors, 6-0, for the win.

The Panthers made nine 3-pointers, led by Ricky Eddy’s five treys. Josh O’Dell hit three shots from beyond the arc and Dan O’Dell hit one.

The Panthers had the final shot at the end of regulation and the first two overtimes, but could not convert.

Westfield had four players score in double figures, led by Liam Tennies’ 15. Jessie Rodriguez had 13 points, Tanner Dahl added 12 and Jacob Grey finished with 11. Gray added six rebounds while Tennies had 10. Ty Bentham had a solid game with 11 rebounds and played well defensively, according to North.

Eddy led all scorers with 16 points while Josh O’Dell had 15. Greg Delahoy had 10 points and as many boards in a losing effort.

PANAMA (71)

Blose 1 0 2, Payne 1 0 2, Delahoy 3 4 10, Eddy 5 1 16, Dan O’Dell 2 6 11, Mescall 2 0 4, Josh O’Dell 5 2 15, Kirby 1 0 2, Rensel 1 0 2, David O’Dell 0 1 1, Totals 21 14-18 65

WESTFIELD (64)

Rodrigues 4 5 13, Dahl 3 6 12, Bentham 2 1 5, Hunt 2 4 9, North 1 0 2, Gray 3 5 11, Tennies 7 1 15, DeMarco 1 2 4, Totals 23 24-37 71

3-point goals: DO’Dell, JO’Dell 3, Eddy 5, Hunt.

Panama 8 18 8 17 7 4 3 0 – 64

Westfield 16 12 11 12 7 4 3 6 – 71

NON-LEAGUE

C-LV RALLIES

CATTARAUGUS – The fourth quarter was decisive for Cattaraugus-Little Valley (4-12).

Trailing by 42-38 after three stanzas, Cattaraugus-Little Valley went on 24-10 run in the fourth period to pull out a 60-52 victory over Pine Valley and sweep the season’s series.

Colt Agnew, Justin Forster and Darren Hadley scored six points each in the fourth quarter to bring Cattaraugus-Little Valley from behind.

Agnew wound up with one of his top performances of the season with 21 points, including four 3-pointers, for C-LV while Hadley finished with 16 points and Forster 13.

Rebounding went Cattaraugus-Little Valley’s way with 45, led by D.J. Stevens with 12 rebounds, Forster with nine and Hadley with eight.

Bryce Jay sank 11 points in a losing cause.

PINE VALLEY (52)

Jay 5 1 11, Isula 2 0 6, Raiport 2 2 8, Snyder 2 2 6, Weaver 1 0 3, Hayes 2 3 7, Abers 1 0 2, Wilcox 3 2 9. Totals 18 8 52.

CATTARAUGUS-LITTLE VALLEY (60)

Hadley 5 6 16, Forster 5 1 12, Reynolds 1 0 2, Agnew 6 5 21, Stevens 4 1 9, Pritchard 0 0 0. Totals 21 13 60.

3-Point Goals: Isula 2, Snyder 2, Raiport 2, Weaver, Wilcox, Agnew 4, Forster.

Pine Valley5 20 17 10 – 52

C-LV13 14 11 24 – 60

Jayvees: Pine Valley won.