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Wahoo vs. Douglas County West

1/16/16 At D.C. West

Wahoo 11 - 11 - 17 - 33 -- 72
D.C. West 9 -13 - 7 - 32 -- 61
2 OT

The Wahoo Warriors defeated the D.C. West Falcons 72-61 in double overtime on Saturday afternoon in Valley.

The first half stayed close throughout. Wahoo led 11-9 after one quarter, and the game was tied at 22 at halftime.

In the third quarter, the Warriors opened up the lead. A 3 point play from Jake Ruzicka, followed by 6 more consecutive points from Ruzicka, gave Wahoo a 31-24 lead. Moments later, a Ruzicka dunk put Wahoo up 10 at 39-29 to end the third quarter.

The fourth quarter saw the Falcons climb back into it. After a free throw from the Falcons cut the lead to 41-40, a Ruzicka basket pushed the lead back to 43-40. The Falcons scored the next five points to take a 45-44 lead. A Brendan Lacey trey gave the lead back to Wahoo at 47-45. The Falcons then scored on consecutive possessions to take a 50-47 lead with a minute left. A Jake Ruzicka bucket cut the lead to 50-49 with 30 seconds left. Following a missed Falcon free throw, Billy Hancock was fouled with 22 seconds. Hancock made both free throws to put Wahoo up 51-50. The Falcons drove and were fouled with 4.6 seconds left. They missed the first free throw, but made the second to tie it at 51 and sent the game into overtime.

In the first overtime, the Falcons took the early lead at 55-53, and led 58-55 with 41 seconds left, when Billy Hancock drove, scored, and was fouled. Hancock made the free throw to tie it at 58. D.C. West held for the last shot. The shot was off, and the game went to a second overtime.

Jake Ruzicka scored to open the second overtime, and added three more points on the next two possessions to put Wahoo up 63-58. The Falcons hit a 3 to cut the lead to 63-61, but that would be the last points of the game for the Falcons. Brendan Lacey hit a short jumper to make it 65-61. Ruzicka added two more free throws to make it 67-61. The Warriors would convert 5 more free throws to seal the win.

Jake Ruzicka had 34 points, with all but 6 coming after halftime, and added 8 rebounds. Brendan Lacey had 10 points and 8 rebounds. Cameron Quick had 9 points, 8 steals, and 7 rebounds. Billy Hancock added 9 points and 4 assists.

The Warriors improve to 4-8, while D.C. West drops to 6-7.

“This was a big win for us. It was important to get back in the win column. It was disappointing to blow a 10 point fourth quarter lead, but I was proud of our kids for finding a way to get it done in the second overtime. Billy Hancock made some huge free throws and a couple of big plays for us down the stretch. Jake Ruzicka had a terrific second half and overtime periods.” -- Coach Kevin Scheef.