The Wildcats did not deviate much from their last trip to Winfield on Tuesday night as they needed two overtimes again to defeat Winfield on the road 60-54.
“Our squad ran into a very competitive squad on Tuesday when we traveled to Winfield to face the Vikings. The outcome came out in our favor after 2 overtimes, but our kids had to dig down deep in order to come out with the victory,” said El Dorado head coach Gary Melcher.
The first quarter was back and forth with Winfield holding a one point lead at the end of the period at 15-14.
The Wildcats gained a slight lead at halftime, 29-25, with Sam Haines and Trevor Crain accounting for 10 of our 15 second quarter points.
“In the first half, I thought we did a pretty good job of slowing down their transition game and also held our own on the boards - which were two factors that we thought we important to the outcome of the game,” said Melcher.
El Dorado started slow in the second half with Winfield able to close the gap to 2 by the end of the third quarter.
“As has been the case for most of the season, we struggled to score the ball early in the quarter, before a late flurry led by Travis House and Aaron Riffel who combined for 8 of our 9 third quarter points,” said Melcher.
Again the Vikings outscored the Wildcats by a bucket in the fourth to tie the game at 49 to send it into overtime.
Winfield opened the first overtime with a three-point basket, but Trevor Crain and Jared Haury pulled us back into a tie scoring all of our first overtime points.
In the second overtime, Crain opened the El Dorado scoring with 2 points from the line before Johnstone Scott made a big steal and converted it into a layup to give the Wildcats a 4 point lead. Sam Haines sealed the win with 2 free throws to close out the scoring.
“I was proud of our effort and toughness during the game. There were opportunities for us to fold, but our kids never lost their poise and continued to play. This was a big win for us and I think there are some things that we can learn from the situation,” said Melcher. “We also played from the spread for what consisted of 2 1/2 quarters and were able to take control of the pace of the game which was important to the games outcome.”
The spread offense allowed El Dorado to slow the game down a little bit and also earned the double bonus at the free throw line about half way through the 4th quarter and the Wildcats were able to convert 12 of 14 attempts in the 4th quarter and both overtimes.
Page 2 of 2 - Trevor Crain and Travis House both finished with 15 points combining for 14-17 from the line and two three-point conversions.
Johnstone Scott had 10 points with a three-pointer. Jared Haury had 9 points. Sam Haines had 7 points going 7-9 from the stripe and Aaron Riffel added 4 points.