Butler County Times Gazette
  • Trinity edges Douglass in controversial OT thriller

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  • It will take some time for Douglass to recover from its second overtime loss to Trinity this season.
    Trailing by one point in overtime, Douglass was left wondering what happened when, instead of Chase Banos taking two shots with a chance to win the game, the referees conferred and decided to call the game over and give Trinity an 86-85 homecoming win.
    The two teams had battled for four and a half quarters. Douglass led 17-15 after one period when Drew Chadic buried a three pointer at the buzzer. The second quarter was not as friendly for the Bulldogs as Matt Jones and Preston Miller pushed the Knights’ lead to 34-25 at the half.
    But Cody Holthaus got hot in the third period and buried one crucial three pointer after another to keep the Bulldogs close at 53-48 after three.
    Just two minutes into the fourth quarter, Douglass had retaken the lead at 59-58. The two battled back and forth until DHS had a 68-67 lead with one minute to play. But Trinity came back to lead 72-70 with eight seconds on the clock in regulation.
    Chase Banister tried to end it in regulation with a long three pointer that rattled off the back of the rim, but Holthaus got position and went high to tip in the rebound as the clock wound down to send the game to overtime.
    Jones got hot again in the extra period as he nailed two quick three pointers to extend the Trinity lead to seven. But a technical foul and a couple of personal fouls put DHS at the line to cut the lead to three at 80-77.
    The Knights pushed the lead further, but Banister knocked down a clutch 3-pointer to make the score 86-85.
    Tyler Burns missed the front end of a 1-and-1 and the Bulldogs had a chance to win it. After a scramble, it appeared Banos was fouled as the clock ran out, but two referees overruled the one who made the call and ended the exciting game.

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