It had to feel like the breaks were beginning to even out when, with seconds on the clock in a tie game, a bang-bang play resulted in a referee's whistle. This time, a referee conference left Douglass on the good end of the call.
Rip Fraley took advantage by hitting two free throws and giving the Bulldogs a 45-43 lead over Independent with 8.6 seconds left. A last ditch effort by the Panthers failed and DHS avenged an early season loss.
Both teams are typically high-scoring offenses. But Monday night, points were hard to come by. Cody Banister scored the first seven points of the game for DHS and the Bulldogs trailed 12-10 after one period. Cody Holthaus and Drew Chadic kept the Bulldogs going in the second quarter as Douglass took a 20-19 lead at the half.
Independent started the third quarter on a 7-2 run but John Gardner stopped that run with a huge block. Chadic finished two fast breaks in impressive style but WIS entered the fourth quarter with a 33-32 lead.
The teams battled back and forth during the final minutes before Holthaus nailed a long three to give the Bulldogs a 43-41 lead. But the Panthers answered for a 43-43 tie with less than a minute to go. That's when DHS ran a spread offense and when Banister appeared trapped, he jumped up and found Fraley cutting to the basket. Michael Kay slid under Fraley and tried to draw the charge but Fraley got the call and made both free throws to secure the win.
Douglass was led by Holthaus with 16 points. Banister added 9 – all in the first quarter – and Chadic had six. Gardner, Fraley and Chase Banos all scored four and freshman Spencer Nethercot added two.