The Wheaton Bulldogs dug down and overcame a double-digit third quarter deficit to win an overtime thriller over Purdy on Friday night. Knotted with the Eagles at 57-57 at the end of regulation, the Bulldogs outscored their guests 9-5 in the extra frame to take the 66-62 win.
James Musick led a balanced Wheaton attack with 13 points, as four Bulldogs reached double figures. Both Drew Williams and Landon Terry scored 23 for Purdy.
|The Bulldogs shrugged off an early 7-2 Purdy lead and earned a 12-12 tie at the end of the first quarter on a pair of Blake Dilbeck treys, and Jesse Mitchell's kiss off the glass with just 14 seconds left in the first quarter.|
|Early foul trouble bit Purdy hard in the second quarter. Eight of Wheaton's 15 points in that period came from the free throw line. An old-fashioned three-point play by Jory Bartkoski at the 4:15 mark gave the Bulldogs a 24-16 lead.|
|Terry and Williams led the Eagles back, scoring 6 and 8 points respectively in the second quarter, and Wheaton led at halftime, 27-25.|
|Despite Wheaton treys by Sean Goostree and Dilbeck in the third, the Eagles pushed to a 44-39 lead at the final break behind Williams' four deuces from the field.|
|Purdy was in foul trouble again early in the fourth quarter, and Wheaton cashed in eight times from the line. The Bulldogs reclaimed the lead at 51-50 when Mitchell drove the lane, scored and hit the free throw with the clock showing exactly 2:00.|
|Terry, Purdy's all-conference candidate, tied the game at 52-52. Wheaton then stretched the lead to 57-53 with only 34 seconds to play. Terry hit again to halve the lead at 57-55. The Eagles stole the inbounds pass from Wheaton, and the ensuing tie-up gave the ball back to Purdy, courtesy of the alternating possession arrow.|
|Only seven seconds remained on the clock. The Wheaton trap pinned Terry in the left corner, but James Musick was whistled for a touch foul with one second left. It was Wheaton's seventh team foul, and Terry went to the line for the one-and-one.|
|Terry, probably the calmest person in the Wheaton gym, stood at the line and buried both tosses to send the game into overtime, prompting the repetitious chant "We're not done yet!" from the Purdy cheerleaders.|
|But it was the Wheaton team that wasn't finished. Musick atoned for his late foul in regulation with a trey and a free throw in the bonus period. His charity toss with :03 to play gave the Bulldogs the 4-point lead, and Purdy's Chris Kennedy called timeout to set the strategy for the mathematically possible last play.|
|Purdy's only hope was to sink a trey, draw a foul and hit the accompanying free throw. Not one of the necessary factors in the equation came to pass, and Wheaton defeated Purdy for the second time in Ozark 7 play.|
Wheaton scorers were: James Musick 13, Sean Goostree 11, Jory Bartkoski 11, Blake Dilbeck 11, Jesse Mitchell 9, Jakob Beck 8 and Bubba Galvan 3.
|Purdy scorers were: Drew Williams 23, Landon Terry 23, Cody Hall 8, Riley Veith 6 and Kevin Miller 2.|
|Purdy Coach Chris Kennedy reminds area hoops fans that the Purdy Lady Eagles will play at Miller in a makeup game on Thursday, Jan. 28. The Purdy boys will host a makeup game against Pierce City on Friday, Jan. 29.|