Hodgeman County senior Trevor Morgan had all four of his team's points in overtime, but in the end it was the Spearville Royal Lancers boys basketball team that prevailed Saturday, taking third place in the 2018 SPIAA League Tournament by a score of 49-44.
It was a back-and-forth game the whole night. Spearville took a 12-11 lead into the second quarter, but trailed 25-21 at halftime.
"We tried to tell the boys that this was gonna be a ballgame that came down to the final two minutes, maybe even come down to the final couple of possessions," Spearville head coach Chris Sohm said. "As everybody saw, it certainly did that."
Both Hodgeman County and Spearville are similar in that each lacks depth and each is working to find what works for their group, Sohm said.
Senior Waylon Strecker led the way for the Lancers with a team-high 14 points. Junior Kolby Stein had 10.
Isaac Salmans had 10 points for Hodgeman County. Morgan had a game-high 21 points for the Longhorns.
"Trevor is absolutely a First-Team All-League basketball player and he's a tough matchup that he can shoot it, he can score off the dribble, he's tough to contain off the pick-and-roll," Sohm said. "At halftime we talked about how he was killing us, I think he had half their points, so we certainly needed to try something different and that's why we ended up going with our half-court trap and zone."
Strecker had three 3-pointers in the second-half, and had 12 of his 14 points after halftime.
"He stepped up and he showed the kind of player that he can be on both ends," Sohm said. "I just need to get more consistency out of him on the offensive end, because he's a very talented player, as everybody saw tonight, when takes advantage of his God-given skills."
Spearville - Mettling 0, 0-0; T. Tasset 0, 0-0; Heeke 12, 0-0; Stein 10, 2-2; Pedigo 0, 0-0; Strecker 14, 1-2; Stephenson 0, 0-0; Rich 5, 3-4; Heinz 0, 0-0; Sites 8, 2-4
Hodgeman County - Beougher 0, 0-0; Poteet 0, 0-0; Chaney 0, 0-0; I. Salmans 10, 4-4; Bowman 2, 0-0; Ruff 0, 0-0; Morgan 21, 1-1; E. Salmans 2, 0-0; J. Salmans 1, 1-2; Sherrill 8, 0-0; Stanley 0, 0-0; Burns 0, 0-0
Spearville: 12, 9, 10, 9, 9, -- 49
Hodgeman County: 11, 14, 7, 8, 4 -- 44