• Benjamin Rex Cross

Shamrocks Lose in Double Overtime to Potterville

On Monday, February 18th, the Potterville Vikings visited Portland for a rematch with the St. Patrick's Shamrocks. The Shamrocks had won their previous matchup on a 3-point shot as the clock expired, and this matchup proved to be just as exciting, with the Vikings winning 82-79 in double overtime.

In the first quarter it was a vicious back and forth, with the Shamrocks ultimately coming out on top, winning the quarter 19-15. Brandon Scheurer led St. Patrick's with 8 points.

The Vikings surged back in the 2nd quarter, winning it 20-17, but the Shamrocks held onto the lead going into halftime up 36-35.

St. Patrick's played a great defensive game in the 3rd quarter, holding the Vikings to just 6 points while extending their lead to 49-41 going into the final quarter.

Potterville was not going down without a fight, and was able to tie it up in the 4th quarter, outscoring the Shamrocks 16-8 and forcing an overtime.

In the first overtime, the Vikings surged ahead and seemed to be in control until the Shamrocks fought back in the last 30 seconds. Highlight of the period was a 29 ft "jumpshot" by Brandon Scheurer to put the Shamrocks up before the Vikings tied it up again to force another overtime.

Fireworks exploded in the 2nd overtime when a hard foul from a Shamrock player attempting to stop the clock at 8 seconds. This led to the Vikings player throwing the ball at the Shamrock player, which led to a shoving match and a few players coming off the bench from the Potterville side. 3 technical fouls and a normal foul later, the Vikings got 2 foul shots, and the Shamrocks got 2 foul shots and the ball. St. Patrick's had a chance at winning, but a few mistakes left them gasping as the clock ticked down and they lost a fierce battle.

Coach Mark Scheurer was calm and cool in the heat of the excitement, "I thought it was a great competitive game that we let slip away. We had great opportunities with quality shots that didn't fall, missed free throws and we turned it over too often. All those add up to a close game. Both teams played hard and should be proud of their efforts."

Offensive leaders were Brandon Scheurer with 30 points 2 rebounds 4 assists 4 steals and 1 block, Sam Mauren with 13 points 3 rebounds 5 assists and 6 steals, Nate Leahy with 12 points 7 rebounds 3 assists and 1 steal, and Graham Wohlsheid with 11 points 3 rebounds 1 assist and 1 steal.

The Shamrocks next play on Thursday, February 21st away at Fulton.

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