CWC BB vs. Day School

INCOMING EAGLE. CWC’s Devin Rankin (right) takes a three-point attempt while Day School’s Grant Bivins soars to block the shot on Tuesday, January 7, at McDougal-Evers Gymnasium. The Bulldogs won the game 68-65 in overtime.

Bulldogs need OT to get past Day School

Edwards records double-double

By JASON CRAIG

For the Carmi Chronicle

Sometimes, it’s not how you start but how you finish that counts.

Shaking off a sluggish start, Kevin Wolff’s Bulldog basketball team rallied back from a 12-point deficit to defeat visiting Day School 68-65 in overtime on Tuesday, January 7, at McDougal-Evers Gymnasium.

“That was great entertainment for people in Carmi that wanted to come and check us out,” exclaimed the CWC skipper. 

Playing in their first game since the Eldorado Holiday Tournament, the Bulldogs (7-7) struggled to knock off the rust early. Full-court pressure and hot shooting from beyond the arc by Day School not only forced CWC into two timeouts in the first quarter but also found themselves trailing 22-10 late in the first quarter. 

“We were all frustrated early,” said Wolff. “It’s hard to simulate that type of pressure in practice, but the kids continued to fight.”

Day School (3-6) rode the shoulders of Tyler Myers (game-high 30 points) in the first half. The freshman southpaw showed his range early and often, connecting on five three-pointers in the first 12 minutes while slashing to the basket to record 25 first-half tallies to give the Eagles a 36-31 lead at the half.

The Bulldogs gained season-form focus in the third quarter to climb back into the game. Controlling the tempo and playing a half-court game, CWC reclaimed the lead at 42-40 with about three minutes left in the period, courtesy of a KaCee Fulkerson layup. That sparked a 10-0 run that gave the Canines a 50-46 advantage heading into the final stanza.

As the game headed into the final minutes of regulation, it appeared an instant classic was being born. Fulkerson knocked down a pair of free throws with two minutes to play to tie the score 60-60. However, both teams missed out on opportunities for the remainder of the contest, forcing the extra period.

During overtime, with the Eagles collapsing on senior Ethan Mahon offensively, CWC looked to their 6-foot-6 center Peyton Edwards, and the junior answered. Edwards knocked down two buckets to give the maroon and white 64-62 lead. 

Day School answered with a three-pointer by Brandt Wilsey to reclaim the lead 65-64, but it was short-lived as CWC’s Devin Rankin knocked down a 22-footer with 1:20 remaining.

After Ty Barbre hit a free throw to make the score 68-65 with about 30 seconds left, Day School had a handful of opportunities to score inside the lane but could never convert.

Mahon led CWC in the scoring column with 24 points.