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Tigers win double OT thriller in Trinity

Stephanie King

Closing out a PAC-7 varsity basketball doubleheader were the Trinity Bulldogs as they hosted the Randleman Tigers. Trinity entered the game 6-3 in league play and 12-8 overall on the season, while the Tigers were 7-3 in conference play and 13-6 overall on the season.

Jaquan Snipes put the Tigers on the board first with an early bucket before adding a free throw moments later. The Bulldogs first points would not come until the 4:35 mark when Thunder Levy drained his first three of the night to tie the game at three all. A three from Luke Gentry gave the Bulldogs their first lead of the night, but Nate Cassidy answered on the end for the Tigers with a three of his own. Trinity closed out the quarter with back to back buckets from Cameron Moser and Ben Owens. After one-quarter of play, Trinity led 10-6.

Levy opened the second quarter with his second three of the night to put the Bulldogs on top 13-6. Randleman answered with back to back buckets from Nate Green and Naheim Lilly. Connor Stanley scored his first bucket of the night to put the Bulldogs in front 15-10. Another three from Cassidy pulled the Tigers within two before a baseline jumper from Moser pushed the lead back to four for the Bulldogs. Kaleb Mitchell drained a three to cut the lead to one for the Tigers. Levy drilled a fadeaway three to extend the Bulldogs’ lead back to four before Will Wheat knocked down a three from the top of the key to push the lead to seven. Randleman closed out the quarter on a 5-0 run to pull within two before halftime. Snipes, Cassidy, and Mitchell each scored during the run. At the half, Trinity held a narrow 23-21 lead.

Both teams came out strong defensively in the third quarter as they combined to score sixteen points. Tyler Hammonds scored his first bucket of the night as he gave the Bulldogs a 25-21 lead. Levy drained a deep two to extend it to six before a jumper from Snipes cut the lead to four for the Tigers. Mitchell drained his second three of the night to pull the Tigers within one before a jumper from Dominick Poole gave the Tigers a 28-27 lead. The Tigers pushed the lead to three with another bucket from Poole. Moser drained a three just before the buzzer to tie the game at 30-30 heading into the fourth quarter.

Trinity retook the lead at the start of the fourth quarter off a baseline drive from Owens. Timothy York answered on the other end for the Tigers with a putback to tie the game at 32 all. A bucket from Stanley put the Bulldogs back in front, but a three from Poole gave the lead back to the Tigers. Trinity tied the game at 35 all at the free throw line before a three from Poole gave the Tigers the lead. Cassidy and Poole each knocked down a free throw to put the Tigers in front 40-35.

Levy pulled the Bulldogs within three after going two for three at the line. Green went one for two at the line for the Tigers to event their lead back to four, but Owens and Levy combined to go three for four at the line to cut the lead to one. A technical foul on Poole sent Levy to the line where he went one for two to tie the game at 42 all for the Bulldogs. Trinity got the ball after the free throws, but could not take the lead before time expired. After four quarters of play, this one was tied at 42 all and headed into overtime.

Randleman scored the first points of overtime as Poole went two for two at the line to give the Tigers a 44-42 lead. Snipes drew a foul down in the post and made both shots with ease to push the Tigers’ lead to four. Owens knocked down a pair on the other end to cut the lead to two for the Bulldogs with just under two minutes left in the overtime period. Gentry came up clutch for the Bulldogs nailing a three to give them a 47-46 lead. Owen drained two more a the line to put the Bulldogs up by three with under twenty seconds left. With time running down, Mitchell drained a three to tie the game at 49 all. This one headed into a second overtime.

The Tigers took a quick five-point lead off a bucket from Snipes and a three from Cassidy. Trinity cut the lead to one on a pair of free throws from Gentry and a bucket from Levy. Randleman would put the game away on an 8-2 run. The Tigers withstood the Bulldogs for a 62-55 win.

Leading the way for the Tigers was Dominick Poole with 15, while Nate Cassidy finished with 13. Kaleb Mitchell notched 11 and Jaquan Snipes added 10. Thunder Levy led the Bulldogs with 17, while Ben Owens netted 10. Cameron Moser chipped in 7.

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