Wildcats win regular-season finale in OT at North Adams
3 Whiteoak players score double figures
Monday, February 20, 2017 9:32 PM
The Whiteoak Wildcats showed much improvement in their second meeting of the season against the North Adams Green Devils on Friday night. In fact, the Wildcats went into overtime with the hosts and left Adams County with their third victory over the season.
Whiteoak at North Adams
WHS 11 16 11 13 (08) — 59
NAHS 15 06 20 10 (05) — 56
WHITEOAK (59) — M.Crowe 1 (0) 1-2 3, C.Skinner 3 (0) 0-0 6, T.Hamilton 2 (2) 2-4 12, S.Ross 3 (1) 3-3 12, H.Ruckel 0 (3) 0-0 9, T.Yeager 6 (0) 5-8 17. TOTALS: 15 (6) 11-17 59.
WHS outscored the Green Devils, 8-5 in overtime for a 59-56 win, and with that also gained a Southern Hills Athletic Conference victory to wrap up the regular season.
The Wildcats (1-12, 4-18) were led in scoring by Trever Yeager with 17 points. In the win, Yeager totaled six two-point baskets and was 5-of-8 from the free-throw line.
Also in double figures for the Wildcats were Traeten Hamilton and Stephen Ross with 12 points each. Hamilton totaled two two-point baskets, two 3-pointers and was 2-of-4 from the free-throw line.
Ross was 3-of-3 from the free-throw line with three two-point baskets and one 3-pointer.
Also for WHS, Hunter Ruckel totaled nine points with three 3-pointers in the win, while Charley Skinner totaled six points and Michael Crowe had three points.
“This was a good win for us. They beat us by 25 earlier in the season, but we have been playing a lot better lately, and our kids are still working hard and competing,” WHS head coach Jeremy McGraw said. “That's all you can ask for as a coach. Stephen Ross made some big shots for us (Friday) at critical moments. He stepped up offensively for us. Again, this was a great team win for us.”
As for the regulation quarters, the Wildcats trailed the Green Devils, 15-11 after the first frame but came back strong in the second quarter with a 16-6 frame for a 27-21 halftime lead for WHS.
North Adams came back with a strong third frame, outscoring WHS, 20-11, and in the fourth WHS won the frame 13-10 and went into overtime.
The Green Devils were led by Austin McCormick with 19 points and Elijah Young with 10 points. In all, eight North Adams players scored points.
For the game, NAHS totaled 19 two-point baskets, four 3-pointers and were 6-of-9 from the free-throw line.
WHS totaled 15 two-point baskets, six 3-pointers and finished 11-of-17 from the free-throw line.