Norse Win Overtime Slug Fest Over Oak Hill

The Northfield boys basketball team traveled to Oak Hill Thursday, putting their 12 game winning streak on the line vs the Eagles who had won 8 of their last 9. In a low scoring, defensive slug fest the Norse pulled out a 47-43 overtime win, extending their win streak to 13.

Collin Dawes got things going, scoring the five points for the Norse to take a 5-1 lead. Oak Hill would then go on a 7-0 run to take an 8-5 lead before Chad Glasscock drained a three tie knot the score. After Ryan Keaffaber put the Norse up 10-8 with a bucket each team lost the ball on their next possession. Oak Hill fouled three times in the last 50 seconds, the last being a shooting foul with 1.0 to go, in which Keaffaber hit both free throws and the Norse led 12-8 after one.

With both teams clamping down on defense, the game became very physical in the second quarter, to the point of border line out of control. Oak Hill hit the first bucket with 5:46 to go, followed by an Ethan Stouffer bucket to make it 14-10. The Eagles would hit the next two buckets to go up 15-14, when Keaffaber hit from down town to put the Norse back up 17-15. Keaffaber would finish the scoring in the second with two free throws and Northfield led 19-15 at the half.

Oak Hill hit the first bucket of the third, that was quickly answered by a Glasscock three to put the Norse up 22-17. Oak Hill would then get hot, going on a 10-0 run to go up 27-22 with just over a minute left. With .44 to go, Glasscock hit two free throws to stop the run and Oak Hill ended the quarter with a free throw and led the Norse 28-24.

Collin Dawes would start the fourth with two free throws before the Eagles built a four point lead at 32-28. Ryan Keaffaber  then hit his second three pointer of the game to make it 32-31 and then Dustin Echard gave the Norse a 33-32 lead with a bucket. The lead would change four more times, when Ryan Givens connected to put the Norse up 37-36. After a series of steals by both teams, Keaffaber hit a free throw to put the Norse up 38-36. Oak Hill tied the score with 1:00 remaining and the Norse chose to take the last shot that was to late and the game was headed for overtime.

With 3:42 to go in the overtime, Keaffaber hit one free throw to put the Norse up 39-38 that was quickly erased by an Oak Hill bucket. Ryan Givens would then put the Norse back up 41-40 and was backed up with two Keaffaber free throws and the Norse led 44-40 with 2:38 remaining. With 1:06 to go Oak Hill started to foul and the Norse free throw woes continued. Glasscock missed two and after a Norse kicked ball Oak Hill found the bucket and it was 44-42 with 39.5 left. Oak Hill fouled again with 30.7 left and Dustin Echard converted one free throw and Northfield led 45-42. After a Northfield foul, Oak Hill made one free throw to make it 45-43 and fouled with 14.1 left. Keaffaber would hit one of two to make it 46-43 and the Eagles raced down the floor and launched a three that missed and was rebounded by Dawes who was immediately fouled with 1.9 on the clock. Dawes missed the first, but connected on the second which sealed the 47-43 win.

Leading Northfield was Ryan Keaffaber with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Chad Glasscock had 10 points, Collin Dawes 8, Dustin Echard 5, Ryan Givens 4 points and 8 rebounds and Etan Stouffer 2 points.

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