Bay drops NEA rematch with unbeaten T-wolves

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Bay had not lost a game since the finals of the NEA tournament. Cedar Ridge gave Bay that loss and brought a perfect 26-0 record to Bay last Thursday night for a rematch. Bay got down early, fought their way back, but in the end the Timberwolves kept their record perfect with a 58-47 victory.

Bay's Kail Harris dives for a loose ball as Cedar Ridge's Spencer Reaves fights for the ball too during boys' basketball action in Bay. (DT Photo/Anthony Cossey)

Each team traded a basket in the first two minutes of the game with Dylan Loven scoring Bay's basket. Cedar Ridge scored a conventional three-pointer before Gunner Freeman tied the game at five with a three-point shot with 5:00 left in the opening period. Cedar Ridge used an 8-0 run over the next three minutes to build a 13-5 lead before Tyson Oliver canned a three-pointer to pull Bay within five at 13-8 with 1:51 left in the first period. The Timberwolves responded with a three-pointer before the period ended setting the score at 16-8 after one period of play.

Kail Harris and Oliver scored back to back buckets to open the second period cutting the lead in half at 16-12. Cedar Ridge scored a basket with 6:00 left to push the lead back to six, 18-12. The teams traded baskets before Freeman is fouled and hits one of two free throws making the score 22-15. Cedar Ridge goes on a 5-0 run to go up by 12 at 27-15. Oliver cut the lead back to nine, 27-18, with a three-pointer with 2:19 left in the half. Freeman got the 'Jackets to within six at 27-21 hitting a basket and making the free throw after being fouled only to see Cedar Ridge score again before half making the score 29-21 as the teams went to the locker rooms.

Loven scored a quick basket as he's fouled opening up the third period. The three-point play cuts the lead to five, 29-24, less than a minute into the period. After trading baskets Cedar Ridge hits an inside shot and his fouled on the play. Bay coach Brad Brannen questions the call and is issued a technical. Cedar Ridge hits the free throw on the foul play and then hits one of two on the technical to set the score at 35-26 with 4:41 left in the third. Bay cut the lead to two with a 7-0 run as Loven hit a jumper and Freeman got an easy layup off a steal before hitting a three-pointer with 2:45 left in the period making the score 35-33. Cedar Ridge outscored Bay 9-3 closing out the third with a 44-36 lead.

Bay cut the lead to four at 44-40 with two Oliver free throws and a Loven jumper only to see Cedar Ridge score back to back buckets to make it 48-40 with 4:40 left to play. Oliver and Craft hit back to back shots for Bay to cut the lead to six at 50-44 with 3:00 left to play. Holt hit a three-pointer with 49 seconds left to play making the score 53-47 before Cedar Ridge closed the game out scoring the last five points for the 58-47 win.

Loven led three Bay (25-5) players in double digits with 14. Oliver added 12 and Freeman scored 11.

"They (Cedar Ridge) shot the ball well and I felt like we didn't shoot well," Brannen commented after the game." "This game will motivate us to get better."

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