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December 22, 2013

Prep hoops roundup for Saturday, Dec. 21

Tipton falls in OT; Cass thrashes Rochester.

Taylor’s boys basketball team fell in heartbreaking fashion Saturday night, dropping an 86-84 decision at Sheridan in triple overtime.

The Titans had an opportunity to win the game at the end of the first overtime but came up empty handed, while the Blackhawks (3-3) were unable to convert a similar situation at the end of the second OT.

Despite three regulars watching from the bench with five fouls, Taylor (1-4) held an 84-81 lead with 1:06 to play in the third OT, but Sheridan’s Brock Kitchell buried a 3-pointer from the wing off of a Titans turnover, and the Blackhawks converted a pair of free throws down the stretch to seal the win.

“I’m proud of our kids for battling, but we have a lot to work on,” Taylor coach Andy Lewman said. “We showed a lot of heart to get in position to have a chance to win, but couldn’t get over the hump. It was a team effort like we like to see, we just didn’t ultimately do enough to get ourselves in position to win. It’s tough when you have that many kids foul out because you get out of your comfortable combinations that you’re used to in practice. We didn’t make the plays that we normally would have made, but changing roles like that are part of the growing process.

Taylor point guard Calvin Wheeler fouled out in the fourth quarter, leaving Cole Schroeder to run the point for the Titans.

Schroeder finished the night with a team-high 23 points, and drew heavy praise from Lewman.

“Cole played an outstanding game,” Lewman said. “It was one of those nights where you watch a kid grow up. He did a great job of moving to the point after Calvin fouled out. He did his best to put us in position to win the game, but unfortunately we weren’t able to get it done.”

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