Cowden-Herrick and Patoka combined for 179 points in the Hornet Hive on Tuesday night. It was a battle of runs that didn’t stop until the end of overtime when the Hornets got the win, 92-87.

Cowden-Herrick basketball has taken some tough shots lately, losing to Windsor in Windsor, getting blown out at Stew-Stras, then losing a rematch to Ramsey. But on Tuesday, point guard Tyler Day and a balanced attack from the second wave willed their way to a much needed win in an uptempo shootout that recorded more than five points each minute.

Cowden-Herrick and Patoka combined for 42 points in the first eight minutes (5.25 per minute). They combined for 34 points in the second eight minutes (4.25 per minute). They scored 41 points in the third eight minutes (5.125 per minute). They scored 39 points in the fourth (4.87 per minute) and then 25 points in the four minutes of OT (6+ per minute).

Despite the hotly contested, up and down affair, the team shot just 39 free throws, making 25. The cause of the fireworks was more than 70 field goals. Cowden-Herrick connected on 39 field goals, including six treys. Patoka made 32 field goals, also with six triples.

Patoka’s game-high scorer, Back, made all six of the Warriors’ triples and several long twos for 40 points. He was followed by the long, lean Patoka playmaker, Baldridge, who scored 28 points, including 10-of-15 at the line.

Despite Back and Baldridge combining for 68 points, the more balanced attack of the Hornets won the day. Led by the downhill mindset of Day, the Hornets had a 4-headed attack that combined for 78 points.

Day led the way with 31 points, mostly from driving to the hole or pulling up for jumpers. Zach Miller, the under-sized, backside rebounder, scored 17 points, mostly on put-backs. D.J. Hovis scored 15 points, cashing in from the arc with a trey hat trick. Colton Heiserman, who has been injured, got a late start on Tuesday, but then added 15 points, as well.

Tanner Seaton had a near double-digit performance (9 points), but more importantly, took it to the hole twice, in OT, sailing past defenders to lead the Hornet finish.

The Hornets started the alternating runs in the game, but Patoka kept coming back. After initial sparring, Seaton gave the Hornets the lead, 11-9 and C-H went on an 13-2 run, including a triple from Hovis, 22-13. The Hornets still led by six at the end first quarter, 24-18.

Patoka then went on a 9-2 run, to cut the Hornet lead to one 28-27. Cowden-Herrick responded with their own 9-0 run to lead by ten, 37-27 with 3:40 in the half. However, Patoka pushed back. They went on a 12-0 run to take the lead at the break, 39-37.

Patoka made it a 14-0 run with the first bucket of the third period.

Cowden-Herrick started chipping away and Hovis hit a triple at 4:20 of the third to reclaim the lead, 48-46. The lead see-sawed back and forth through the rest of the third with Patoka on top 59-58 at the buzzer, thanks to a triple from Back, his fifth, and third in the third.

Jesse Hager answered with a Hornet three to start the fourth to grab the lead back. Murfin gave Patoka the lead again 63-61, but Heiserman drove the baseline and completed a 3-point play for the lead. It was tit for tat until 1:30 in regulation, when Day stopped and popped for two, 75-72 Hornets.

A foul, followed by two free throws by Baldridge, made it a 1-point game, 75-74. Baldridge drew a foul after a Patoka miss with 39 seconds. he made just one and tied the score, 75-75. Day drove again, made the two and drew the foul. He converted for anther 3-point Hornet lead, 78-75 with 26 seconds left.

Patoka got the ball in and worked it quickly. With just nine seconds left Back was left alone again and buried the three for a 78-78 tie. Cowden-Herrick got the ball in play, but couldn’t score, and the teams went to overtime.

Patoka got the tip but the Hornets stole the ball and Day broke for the basket. He scored, was fouled and made the free throw, 81-78. Patoka missed and Seaton drove to the hole in transition and scored, 83-78. Back missed a trey, but reset and hit a 2-point jumper, 83-80.

Miller took a dish inside, scored and got the foul. He completed the 3-point play and C-H, after scoring eight points in a minute, looked to put it away, 86-80 with 3:00 left. Baldridge took it inside and scored, but Seaton slashed in from the wing for his other OT bucket, 88-82 with 2:00 left.

After a Patoka miss, a long pass went to a streaking Heiserman. He faked the defender passed him, missed the shot, but then got the put-back, 90-82. Baldridge started a final 5-0 Patoka run, by going to the hole and scoring the two, but missing the free throw, 90-84.

Whisler sank two free throws for Patoka, 90-86, with 49 seconds left. Day was called for charging and Baldridge went to the line again. He split the pair and made it a one possession game with 46 seconds left.

With the lead in the balance once again, Hovis grabbed a Patoka miss and was fouled. He walked to the other end of the floor and buried both ends of the 1-and-1 for a 92-87 lead with 20 seconds left. But, the game wasn’t over.

Patoka missed a trey, Hovis got the board again, but he was crowded and he was called for a foul, by trying to get free. Patoka got the ball out of bounds. Back put up another 3-point shot, but it went in and out. Hager grabbed the board for Cowden-Herrick with five seconds left and the game was finally over.

Cowden-Herrick now is off until next week, when they compete in the NTC tournament.


Cowden-Herrick 92, Patoka 87 OT

C-H 24-13-21-20-14—90

Patoka 18-21-20-19-9—87

C-H stats: Tyler Day 31 (13-2s, 1-3 pt FGs), Zach Miller 17 (8 FGs, 1/1 FTs), D.J. Hovis 15 (2-2s, 3-3 pt FGs, 2/2 FTs), Colton Heiserman 15 (5-2s, 1-3 pt FGs, 2/3 FTs), Tanner Seaton 9 (4 FGs, 1/1 FTs), Jesse Hager 3 (1-3 pt FGs), Stephen West 2 (FG). Team FTs 39 (6-3 pt). Team FTs 8-of-13.

Patoka stats: Back 40 (9-2s, 6-3 pt FGs, 3/4 FTs), Baldridge 28 (9 FGs, 10/15 FTs), Whisler 11 (4 FGs, 3/4 FTs), Wyatt Jenkins 2 (FG, 0/1 FTs), Murfin 2 (FG, 1/2 FTs). Team FGs 32 (6-3 pt). Team FTs 17-of-26.

Hassan and Jalen Hovis led the way for the Hornet JV in their 60-43 win, with game-high 18 and 13 points, respectively. A 22-10 run in the first period and a 15-10 run in the second led the Hornet JV to a 17-point advantage at the break, 37-20. The second half was a draw, which secured the Hornet JV win.


Cowden-Herrick 60, Patoka 43

C-H 22-15-9-14—60

Patoka 10-10-6-17—43

C-H stats: Hassan Hovis 18 (9 FGs), Jalen Hovis 13 (5-2s, 1-3 pt FGs, 0/3 FTs), Shane Mitchell 7 (2-2s, 1-3 pt FGs), Alex Turner 7 (2 FGs, 3/4 FTs), Blake Faulkner 3 (1-3 pt FG), Doug Manuel 2 (2/2 FTs), Trevor Lawrence 2 (FG), Luke Ford 1 (1/2 FTs). Team FGs 24 (4-3 pt). Team FTs 8-of-13.

Patoka stats: Allen 13 (5 FGs, 3/6 FTs), Wadkins 7 (3 FGs, 1/6 FTs), Thomson 6 (2 FGs, 2/2 FTs), Potter 6 (2-3 pt FGs), Despres 5 (2 FGs, 1/2 FTs), Budds 2 (2/2 FTs). Team FGs 16 (2-3 pt). Team FTs 9-of-17.

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