Daily Union Sports Editor
---- — The Friday before Christmas break, Beecher City dropped an overtime game to St. Elmo/Brownstown, 52-46. The next night they were in OT again, but won that time, beating Okaw Valley, 58-52.
St. Elmo/Brownstown had a one trey advantage and a 5-point advantage from the line, accounting for their 6-point OT win.
Beecher City doubled-up St. E/B 8-4 in the low-level 1st period. St. E/B cut the lead to one at the half, 15-14. The Bombers took a 3-point lead heading into crunch time, 29-26. Beecher City dug deep and countered with their own 15-12 run towards the closing bell and forced overtime, 41-41.
However, St. Elmo/Brownstown countered in OT with an 11-5 run to escaped with the win. They had the game-high scorer in Maxey with 20 points, five bombs from downtown.
Beecher City matched Maxey with five treys from four players. Adam Doty had two, Jackson Bales one, Austin Rexroad one, and Jacob Kenter one. Doty led balanced scoring with 11 points. Andrew Lagerhausen followed with nine, Brandon Gardner with seven and Bales and Brady Barnes with five each.
Maxey’s running buddy Behrends scored 19 points with one trey and 8-of-11 foul shoooting. Feezel finished with six.
St. Elmo/Brownstown 52, Beecher City 46 - OT
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BC stats: Doty 11 (1-2, 2-3 pt FGs, 3/10 FTs), Lagerhausen 9 (4 FGs, 1/1 FTs), Gardner 7 (3 FGs, 1/2 FTs), Bales 5 (1-2, 1-3 pt FGs), Barnes 5 (FG, 3/3 FTs), Kenter 4 (FG, 1/4 FTs), Rexroad 3 (FG). Team FGs 16. 3-Pointers: 5 (Doty 2, Bales, Rexroad, Kenter). Team FTs 9-of-20.
St E/B stats: L. Maxey 20 (1-2, 5-3 pt FGs, 3/5 FTs), Behrends 19 (4-2s, 1-3 pt FGs, 8/11 FTs), Feezel 6 (2 FGs, 2/2 FTs), Smithson 4 (2 FGs), M. Maxey 3 (FG, 1/5 FTs). Team FGs 16. 3-Pointers: 6 (L. Maxey 5, Behrends). Team FTs 14-of-23.
On Saturday, on again, off again Okaw Valley took on B.C. and it was the Eagles who got the run in OT for the win, to counter an Okaw Valley comeback, 58-52.
Beecher City blind-sided Okaw Valley with a 15-4 run to start the game. Okaw smakced back in the 2nd, but B.C. locked up with them and only had their 11-point lead trimmed to 10 at the break, 31-21. Okaw started carving away the lead in the 3rd with a 13-10 effort, 41-34.
Still down by seven in the 4th, Okaw doubled-up B.C. with a 14-7 run and forced OT, 48-48. It was B.C. that got the last laugh, a 10-4 run in OT to make-up for the OT loss the night before.
Okaw got to the line for seven more free throws and made it count, for a 7-point advantage. However, B.C. had a 9-point advantage from the arc, making five treys to Okaw’s two. Brandon Gardner and Austin Rexroad had two treys, each, while Westen Giles had one. Peyton Hagerman had both Okaw treys.
That 2-point edge, plus two additional twos made by B.C. gave them the 6-point OT win.
Garnder had a game-high 20 points with two treys and 4-of-4 at the line. He was followed by Okaw’s Hagerman with 19 points, also two treys and making 5-of-7 at the line.
Okaw had three more players in double figures. Devon Still, T.J. Pieszchalski, and Joe Jeffers had 10 points, each. B.C. had just two players in double figures, but Brady Barnes had eight points. The top three scorers from B.C. scored 47 points. Okaw’s top four scored 49.
Okaw only got three more points from one other player. B.C. got nine more points from three players to make it a team win.
Beecher City 58, Okaw Valley 52
B.C. stats: Gardner 20 (4-2s, 2-3 pt FGs, 4/4 FTs), Rexroad 19 (5-2s, 2-3 pt FGs, 3/8 FTs), Barnes 8 (4 FGs), Doty 4 (FG, 2/3 FTs), Giles 3 (FG), Bales 2 (FG, 0/2 FTs), Lagerhausen 2 (FG, 0/1 FTs). Team FGs 21. 3-Pointers: 5 (Gardner 2, Rexroad 2, Giles). Team FTs 9-of-18.
Okaw stats: Hagerman 19 (4-2s, 2-3 pt FGs, 5/7 FTs), Still 10 (4 FGs, 2/3 FTs), Pieszchalski 10 (2 FGs, 6/9 FTs), Jeffers 10 (4 FGs, 2/4 FTs), Walker 3 (FG, 1/2 FTs).Team FGs 17. 3-Pointers: 2 (Hagerman 2). Team FTs 16-of-25.