Down its two leading scorers and with its coach confined to his seat, the Skidmore-Tynan boys basketball team found a way to win in Three Rivers on Dec. 8.
The Bobcats rallied out of a nine-point deficit late in the fourth quarter to force overtime and then outscored the host Bulldogs by two to pick up a road win, 61-59.
“The guys found a way to get it done,” said Bobcat coach Travis Walker. “We were down three starters basically, but they didn’t quit at the end. They just kept fighting to force turnovers and found ways to score when we needed it.
“We had some kids step up there late and hit some big shots to get us back in it, and then we just rode that momentum into overtime.”
With 2 1/2 minutes left in the contest, Three Rivers held a nine-point advantage, 48-39.
Skidmore, which was without leading scorer Kade Florence (sickness) and second leading scorer Clayton Scotten (fouled out), found a way to rally, though.
Denham Cheek got the rallied start with a 3-pointer. Jacob Torres made it a four-point game a minute later with a runout layup off a TR turnover. Nathan Lopez followed with another triple after another Bulldog turnover.
Three Rivers turned it over for a third straight possession after that, which allowed Cheek to bank in a 3-pointer for a 52-50 Bobcat lead.
TR then tied the game with a pair of free throws to send the game into an extra stanza.
After both teams came up empty on their first possessions in overtime, Cheek hit another trey to put Skidmore in front for good.
Scotten finished as Skidmore’s leading scorer in the game with 20 points despite fouling out with 2 1/2 minutes left, just before the first of Cheek’s triples that started the rally.
Jerrin Koenig added 11 points, while Nathan Lopez had 10 points.
Cheek and Torres both had nine points in the win.
The Bobcats improved to 6-2 on the year with the victory.
Ingleside 53, S-T 49
Skidmore outscored Ingleside 18-6 in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough in a home loss at the DuBose Special Events Center Dec. 5.
Inglside outscored S-T 21-11 in the first quarter and 20-6 in the third quarter to build its lead.
Cheek drained four 3-pointers on his way to a team-best 12 points.
Scotten had 11 points to go with seven rebounds.
Florence had nine points and led the team in rebounding with 13. He also had four assists and four steals.
Torres added nine points, four rebounds, three assists and four steals, while Michael Menchaca chipped in six points.
S-T 56, Woodsboro 40
The Bobcats parlayed a 19-4 second-quarter win into a 16-point victory over Woodsboro in Skidmore Dec. 4.
Skidmore led 14-10 after one, 33-14 at halftime and 45-22 after three quarters.
Scotten hit three 3-pointers on his way to a team-best 18 points. He also had eight rebounds and five assists.
Torres hit four triples on his way to scoring 17 points to go with four rebounds.
Florence had a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. He also had six assists.
Cheek had five points and two rebounds.