Bulldogs beaten in overtime
GARNETT -- The rematch between the Baldwin High School boys basketball team and Anderson County went down to the wire here Friday, with Baldwin losing 60-58 in overtime.
"I thought it went all right, but it was kind of stressful," senior Chris Irick said. "We played hard and it was a tough loss."
Baldwin traveled to Anderson County hoping to repeat its victory from the Baldwin Invitational Tournament. At the BIT, Baldwin won 52-49 in the first round.
Anderson County got its revenge on Friday, as it defeated Baldwin in overtime.
"We were a little tentative I think," coach Heath Cooper said. "We played hard, and we always play hard. We just fell short on some things. We were 18 of 32 from the line, and I counted five wide open lay-ups we missed, including one in overtime that would have won the game."
Anderson County took an early lead and ran with it as it led by as many as eight points in the first half. But at halftime, Baldwin only trailed 28-24.
"We didn't come out really well," Irick said. "Our defense wasn't very good and we didn't shoot free throws very well."
Baldwin fell behind by 10 points in the third quarter, but closed the lead to only seven going into the final quarter.
Baldwin made a 10-3 run in the first three minutes of the fourth quarter to tie the game at 48-48. Then, Anderson County went on a 5-0 run of its own, but Baldwin tied the game at 55-55 with 1:06 left in the game.
Irick said the team was able to come back in the second half by playing better defense.
"It was a lot of our defense and press," Irick said. "We got fouls and easy lay-ups, and started knocking down some shots."
Neither team managed to score in the final minute, forcing the game into overtime.
With 1:19 left in overtime, Baldwin took its first lead of the game, 58-57, on two free throws by junior Aaron Hannon. But the Bulldogs failed to score another point in overtime, and lost 60-58.
"Defensively, we didn't play that bad," Cooper said. "We only gave up five points; you think you would be able to win. But we didn't make a field goal."
Cooper said the team has been able to play many teams close all season, but can't quite get over the hump to win.
"It's the story of our year," Cooper said. "We've got to learn how to win; that's our biggest thing. We have the talent to win. It's mainly trying to change an attitude, because they aren't used to winning the past few years."
Senior Austin Inzer agreed, saying he hopes the close games will help the team come sub-state.
"We've been in close games so many times this year," Inzer said. "This will hopefully help us at the end of the season."
Irick, Hannon and sophomore Blake Wieden each had 11 points to lead Baldwin. Inzer scored 10 and grabbed nine rebounds, while junior Ryan Jorgensen totaled nine points and eight boards. Irick also managed six assists for the game.
As a team, Baldwin only made 18 of 32 free throws. Inzer said free throws cost them the game.
"Our free throws just didn't fall in the second half," Inzer said. "That's one reason we lost."
Baldwin will next play host to Spring Hill at 8 p.m. on Friday for the king and queen of courts game. Then the Bulldogs will make up their postponed game from Tuesday, by playing at 6:30 p.m. on Monday at Prairie View. They will have to play the following night at 8 p.m. on Tuesday at Louisburg.