2018-03-11 / Sports

Indians win district opener in OT against Perry

ELSIE – A half-court buzzer-beater by Garrett Bishop in regulation earned Chesaning’s varsity boys’ basketball team new life last Monday night in a district opener at Ovid-Elsie High School and the Tribe went on to beat a talented Perry squad in overtime, 58-50.

Bishop, who led the Indians with 18 points, knocked down the critical triple as time was running out and CHS then outscored the Ramblers in OT by an 11-3 margin to advance to Wednesday’s semi-final contest against Durand. Cole Higley swished all six of his free throw attempts in the extra session to seal the deal for Chesaning.

“This was an incredible game to be a part of,” said elated CHS coach Matt Weigl, whose squad improved to 12-9 overall. “We have suffered some tough losses and bad breaks this season, but have continually been able to maintain focus on the next game and on the next play. Tonight was no exception.”

Both teams’ resolve was tested in a contest that was tight throughout the evening.

Chesaning held a slim 22-19 lead at intermission before the Ramblers scored 17 points to take a 36-35 at the end of the third quarter.

Bishop registered five rebounds, two blocks and an assist to go with his 18 points. Higley had 16 points, 10 boards, a block and a steal while going 8 for 8 from the charity stripe.

Brandon Keys added seven points, six assists, four rebounds and a steal, Jacob Turnwald had six points, three caroms and an assist, Sam Forsyth chipped in with five points, four rebounds and a steal, Brendan Greenfelder logged four points, three caroms and an assist and Jarrett Kelley finished with two points, three rebounds, an assist and a steal.

“There is no doubt in my mind that all those tough situations we faced in the regular season prepared us for tonight,” Coach Weigl commented. “We believed until the end and that confidence paid off. I can’t say enough about the team and coaches we have and we are thrilled to have earned two more days together. We will enjoy tonight, but we will need to re-focus and come ready to play on Wednesday.”

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