Olathe should have been an easy home win for the Hotchkiss boys basketball team. But with an 0-9 record, the Pirates wanted a win and weren't about to give the game away.
"They were the team that came out and played tonight," said Bulldogs junior guard River Panish after the Bulldogs squeezed out a two-point win in overtime over the visiting Pirates. "They worked really hard and we just kind of played lackadaisical, laid off of them and let them hang around, and that's something we shouldn't do. Something we learned from."
Panish opened the game with a 2-point goal and followed with three 3-pointers to score 13 points in the first period. Panish shot 10 of 14 from the free-throw line to finish with a game-high 26 points. "I like to come out and just play my game," said Panish, "and when they leave me open, I'll take the shot."
Junior Wes Hardin came off the bench to shoot a trey and shoot four-for-three from the free-throw line in the second period. The Bulldogs led, 24-17 at the half.
Hardin returned to score three of the Bulldogs' eight points in the third. Hotchkiss let the Pirates back in the game. The Bulldogs held a one-point lead to start the fourth period.
"It was just a lot of mental stuff," said Panish. "We were playing pretty flat and after a while it just really go into our heads that we weren't doing a very good job. We weren't telegraphing passes, they were seeing everything. We gave it right to them. There's no excuses for that."
Six-foot, 6-inch post Chris Allen made two key blocks for the Bulldogs late in the fourth quarter to stave off a Pirate win. With 23 seconds remaining, Allen blocked a shot in the paint by post Mitchell Carlson and the Bulldogs got possession of the ball. They were unable to finish, ending regulation play in a 49-49 tie and sending the game into overtime.
With 19 seconds remaining in overtime and Hotchkiss leading, 54-52, Pirate Bradlen Harris was blocked in the paint by Allen. Allen got possession, and Harris committed his fifth foul to send Allen to the free-throw line. Allen sank his first shot to give the Bulldogs a three-point lead. Allen's second shot went off the rim and into the hands of Panish, who was fouled. Panish sank both free throws to put Hotchkiss ahead by five.
Pirate Trenton Jole, who scored 11 points, sank a trey at the buzzer to end the game.
"It's good to get the win," said Panish, "but it's not what we wanted. We definitely wanted to come in and make a statement tonight."
Point guard Andrew Tiedeman scored 13 points for the Bulldogs, and Clayton Oxford added four.
Pirate Cesar Perez shot 1-2 from the line and Jason Seymour was 3-4 to end the game with 14 points for Olathe. Carlson was 2-2 from the line and scored a team-high 15 points for the Pirates.
The Bulldogs also played to a 52-41 win at Hayden (1-8 overall, 0-2 1A/2A Western Slope conference) Friday.
The Bulldogs held Soroco to three, third-period points for a 59-42 win Saturday at Oak Creek. Senior Ryan Jeep scored a team-high 18 points for the Rams.
Heading into conference play, Panish said the team's taking things one game at a time and didn't want to overlook Hayden and its 1-8 record. "We overlooked this team," said Panish after the Olathe win, "and it came back to get us."blog comments powered by Disqus