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Bulldogs Beat Northwest in Double OT

January 26, 2012
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Trailing for most of the game, St. Clair pulled even in the fourth quarter and registered a double overtime boys basketball win Thursday over Northwest.

The Bulldogs (6-11) snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 54-48 double overtime victory over the Lions (2-13) at St. Clair High School.

“Northwest came in and played very hard. They beat us to loose balls, hit some good shots and we didn’t score much in the first quarter,” said St. Clair Head Coach Greg Dunigan. “After that quarter, our defense settled down and held them to six and five points over the next two quarters. We had a good offensive fourth quarter.”

St. Clair trailed Northwest by scores of 16-11 after one quarter, 22-17 at halftime and 27-22 after three quarters.

The Bulldogs went on an 18-13 run in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime, 40-40.

St. Clair actually held a 39-34 lead with 38 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

But Northwest’s Zach McKenney hit a pair of three-pointers in the final seconds, including an off-balance, 22-foot three-pointer with three seconds left to send the game into overtime.

Both teams scored just four points in the first overtime, sending the game into double overtime, 44-44.

The Bulldogs outscored Northwest 10-4 in the second overtime.

A pair of baskets by Evan Powell and one by Neyko Dominguez gave St. Clair the lead for good.

Free throws by Dominguez and Evan Murphy in the final 19 seconds sealed the win.

“The first overtime was a little slow,” Dunigan said. “We got some scoring in the second overtime to get the win.”

It was a big game for Dominguez, who scored a career-high 31 points. He was 9-10 from the foul line.

Adam Brott and Will Rolley both added seven points. Powell had four points. Austin Gotway added three points. Murphy scored two points. Sean Arnold and Justin Nunn also played.

Christian Lamborn led Northwest with 15 points. McKenney added 10 points.

“Give Northwest credit. They played hard the whole game,” Dunigan said. “We played hard, too. We were just a little too fast on offense in the first quarter and had some turnovers that didn’t allow us to score.”

Park Hills Central

St. Clair’s home game Tuesday against Park Hills Central came down to the final minute.

The visiting Rebels emerged with a 43-39 victory.

“The game was tied in the last minute and we had the ball. We missed some easy shots and they connected and eventually hit free throws,” said Dunigan. “We had plenty of chances. It was the hardest we competed all year at both ends. We came up just a little short.”

Leading 9-6 after one quarter, St. Clair was outscored 12-2 in the second period and trailed 18-11 at halftime.

The Bulldogs got to within 26-24 after three quarters before tying the contest in the fourth period.

“We played well in the first quarter, but went cold in the second quarter,” Dunigan said. “We had good shots. Their height inside bothered us in finishing chances. We came out in the third quarter and played well on both ends.”

Dominguez paced St. Clair with 18 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals. He was 5-7 from three-point range.

Powell added 10 points, five rebounds and four steals.

“It was the best Evan Powell played all year,” Dunigan said.

Murphy collected eight points, two rebounds, two steals and two assists.

Arnold had three points. Brott registered five rebounds, three assists and two steals. Nunn added four steals. Gotway and Rolley also played.


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