Paden City Falls in Double Overtime
The Wildcats boys basketball team got some good news with the return of Ty Cain to the lineup on Friday, and they almost picked up there first win of the season, before the home team Paw Paw eventually knocked off the Cats 73-69 in a double overtime game.
The Wildcats used a strong first half to take a 34-26 lead into the break led by 17 first half points from freshman sensation Joel Moore. Paw Paw fought back in the second half to overcome the deficit and send the game into O.T.
The Wildcats couldn’t hold the lead however and Paw Paw fought back to tie the score and send it into the extra periods where they managed to pull out the four point win. Paden City got a good effort from junior Ty Cain who made his first appearance since suffering a leg injury earlier this season, as he responded with 21 points including 17 in the second half. Moore who was on fire all nights hit for 15 in the second half and ended with a game and career high 32 markers including two 3-pointers. Cain knocked in three long balls in the second half as well.
Also scoring for the Wildcats was Nick Clarke and Paxton Pierce with four points each and Walter Joy and Jason Anderson both hitting three.
Cody Ridgeway hit for 31 points for Paw Paw and teammate Dylan Moreland added 26. Paw Paw hit 23-38 free throws while the Wildcats made eight of just 15 tries which proved to be the difference in the game. The Wildcats fell to 0-14 with the loss.
The game was tied at 54 following regulation and each team hit for six points in the first extra session before the home team racked up 13 points to the Cats nine in the second O.T. to get the win.
“We were happy to get Ty back in the lineup. He gives us a presence inn the middle and opens up the floor for the other guys. We played well and we played hard and were hoping to get a win, but the difference at the free throw line was just to much to overcome. Joel Moore continued to stand out They put us in a bad situation as we lost Joy to fouls and had three others with four,” said Coach Riggle.