TAKING IT TO THE HOOP: Bobcats knock off Tigers in overtime thriller

Published 12:05 am Wednesday, January 23, 2019

The Opp Bobcats and the Straughn Tigers split varsity games on Tuesday night in Opp.


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In the final game of the evening, the Bobcats forced overtime and held off the Tigers for a 57-50 victory.

Straughn got on the board first with a bucket from Trent Cleland, but Opp answered with a 3-pointer from Bryan Matthews to go up 3-2.

At the end of the first period, Opp was on top 15-11.

Tyler Ward started off the second period with a pair of 3-pointers that put Straughn up 17-15.

Justin Peeples dropped in a couple of baskets as Straughn took a 27-22 lead into halftime.

Both teams continued to duke it out in the third period.

Opp’s Harlod King caught fire with a pair of big 3-pointers in the third period to help the Bobcats back into the game.

Heading into the fourth period, Straughn held a 37-31 lead.

Straughn’s lead went up to 41-33 with a bucket from Mason Turner before the Bobcats came charging back.

King connected on  two more 3-pointers as the Bobcats cut the Straughn lead down to 45-41.

Caleb Hinton tied the game for Opp after converting an and-one with 1:04 left in regulation.

Brantley Kelley put the Tigers on top with a layup with 8.6 seconds left on the clock.

The Bobcats drove the ball down the floor and fired up a shot that bounced off the side of the rim.

Opp’s Logan Ross secured the board and put it back up to tie the game as the buzzer sounded.

Straughn got the first bucket in overtime, but the Bobcats then surged to pull out a 57-50 victory.

“I felt like we played extremely hard tonight,” Opp head coach Willie Edwards said. “I’ve been begging for this all year. The thing that’s great is that once we play hard and take care of the basketball you can win ball games. It was a very good game tonight. Both times we played them it’s been extremely close. Looks like we might wind up with them in the area so we’ve got to be ready to face them again.”

King led the Bobcats with 17 points.

“I thought we didn’t execute at all in the fourth,” Straughn head coach Bradley Stephens said. “In the fourth, we got out of control, we didn’t play or move the ball like we are supposed too, we didn’t understand our situations of when we were ahead and when we weren’t, when we need to pressure and when we don’t and that was really the biggest key point in the fourth. We’ve got to get back to the way we were playing in the beginning part of the year. That game doesn’t even go into overtime if we box out on the rebound.”

Peeples led the Tigers with 21 points.



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The Lady Tigers took control early and were able to hold off the Lady Bobcats for a 42-12 victory.

Allie Kelley led the Lady Tigers with 19 points and Kelsey Kelley finished the game with 12 points.