Whittell boys’ team each lose in overtime
One one-point overtime defeat in a season is more than a basketball program wants to endure. But Whittell High School experienced a pair of such defeats on Saturday night in Quincy.
After watching the Whittell boys’ junior varsity lose 44-43 in overtime, the Warriors’ varsity followed with a stomach-turning 54-53 extra-period defeat to Quincy.
Whittell appeared to have the nonleague victory in hand, leading 48-44 on an Austin Neil layup via a pass from Garrett Bronken with 1 minute, 40 seconds to go. But Quincy battled back to tie the score at 48 to force overtime.
“Their pressure mounted up a bit, and we started throwing the ball away,” said Whittell coach Tyler Rose.
The Warriors had a one-point lead and the ball late in the overtime but forced up a shot with 30 seconds remaining on the shot clock. Quincy capitalized by scoring on the other end, and Whittell’s final gasp ended in a charging foul.
Alex Potnick, a senior returning from ankle/foot injuries, topped Whittell with 14 points and 14 rebounds.
Alex Vogt, playing in his second since undergoing elbow surgery in December, contributed 11 points for Whittell. Neil, a sophomore participating in his second game since being promoted for the JV, scored 10 points, as did Bronken. Senior point guard Blake Heldt-Werle delivered six assists and three steals.
Derek Heldt-Werle led the Whittell JV with 11 points.
Whittell (3-8 overall) will travel to South Tahoe (7-7) on Tuesday night to play the first-ever Mount Rose League basketball game between the neighboring schools.