Titan Boys Have Impressive Win in OT

Posted: 02/15/2012 - by

Last Friday night was one crazy game as the Titans had to claw their way back to upset the Clarinda Cardinals in overtime at home in front of a packed house.  The boys started off strong as usual and had a four point first quarter lead and kept it close all the way to halftime only down by a bucket.  Up to this point, the game was more defense oriented as both teams struggled to figure out how to score as the halftime score board showed 25-23 in Clarinda's favor.  The second half is what would prove how tough the Titans really are mentally as they came out strong.

Leading the way for LC was Josiah Sheppard, who scored early in the second half with a bucket and added to his team high 24 points.  Lewis Central kept it close till the end of the 3rd quarter when they started to see the game slip away from them as Tyler Steeve from Clarinda started to heat up as well as Dakota Woods.  Earlier in the week the Titans had to erase an 18 point deficit against Harlan and Lewis Central again found themselves in the same position against Clarinda late in the game.  The Titans had themselves down by 12 early in the fourth quarter and a much needed timeout was taken by coach Dan Miller. 

This point in the game is when things started looking up for LC.  Contributions from Alex Reed and Darius McCarther, both with 10 points,  as well as strong physical play from Lincoln Rodenburg helped the Titans score 27 in the 4th quarter alone, tying the ball game up at the end of regulation.  Now enter Trent Rudolph, only having three points the entire game, but his one basket would prove to be the biggest.  Down by one and with only 28 seconds left in OT, Rudolph would bury the eventual  game winner to cap off a very impressive victory as the Titans(13-6)  defeated the Cardinals(16-4)  66-64.

Congrats to the Titans and a special shout out to Trent Rudolph as he was clutch with the game on the line.  Coming off the bench with Reed, Rodenburg and Tony Rew fouled out, as well as LaMar Conner out indefinitely with a broken wrist, you can argue Rudolph was the player of the game and deserves much needed credit.

Clarinda (16-4, 9-4) 9 16 16 17 6 – 64
L.C. (13-6, 8-4) 13 9 9 27 9 – 67
C: Kramer Samuelson 9, Brandon Sweet 6, Alex Archer 5, Tyler Steeve 23, Jared Stansbury 4, Dakota Woods 11, Alex Hiatt 6.
LC: Darius McCarther 10, Alex Reed 10, Josiah Shepherd 24, Lincoln Rodenburg 5, Matt Andersen 8, Tony Rew 7, Trent Rudolph 3.


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