In an important Region 19 game Friday night in Monticello, the Whitehorse Raiders lost a closely fought game to Monticello Buckaroos, in overtime, 69-67.
Conner Frost, who had been quiet in the second half, came up with four points in the overtime, along with a free throw by Devin Wright and a basket with eight seconds remaining by Daniel Torres. It was enough to win by two points, much to the relief to Buckaroo Head Coach Rhett Maughan.
“This game had a playoff feel to it and we played one of our best games thus far,” said Raider Head Coach Matt Baldwin. “We had a good game plan.”
A Shawn Dickson shot at the final buzzer hit the rim two times and fell out. That was how close the game was. If it had gone in, the Raiders would have won by one point.
In the first quarter, Keliah Holly scored first and Shawn Dickson hit a three pointer, but it was Josh John who carried the team with eight points.
To end the first quarter, the Buckaroos led by one point, 16-15. This close score gave an indication that it was going to be a tough game for both teams.
For the Bucks, it was Joe Weatherford with six points and Dallin Duncan with four.
In the second quarter, Shawn Dickson hit two threes and two points to lead the Raiders. Weatherford and Duncan combined for twelve points as the Bucks took a 34-31 lead at halftime.
To open the second half, Whitehorse took control. Freshman Tavis Martin began driving to the hoop and made three out of four from the free throw line to add nine points. John and Dickson combined for ll to as the Raiders took a two point lead, 51-49, at the end of the third quarter. Weatherford’s seven and Duncan’s six continued to carry the Bucks.
Again Weatherford continue to carry the Bucks in the fourth quarter, scoring eight points to help knot up the score 62-62 and sending the game into overtime.
During the overtime period, Kenny Whitehair fouled Devin Wright. With the crowd screaming, Wright hit the first shot and missed the second one. Dickson hit a three and Josh John added two, but the last shot by Dickson rimmed out. Baskets by Frost and Torres were enough to preserve the Buckaroo win. A big sigh of relief was heard from the Monticello side.
Raider’s Dickson was hot from beyond the arc, hitting six three pointers and ending the night’s work with 24 points. Josh John had 18 and Tavis Martin had 15.
Monticello’s top scorers were Weatherford with 27, Duncan with 18, Torres with 10, and Frost with 9.