Last Monday evening, the Tigers, holding a 9-8 record, traveled to Southern Huntingdon for a thrilling ICC non-conference showdown against the Rockets. The contest opened with both teams locked in a fierce battle, concluding the first quarter evenly matched at 16-16. The second quarter saw the Tigers ramp up their defensive pressure, leveraging turnovers into easy scores and capturing a 30-25 lead by halftime.
The momentum shifted in the third quarter as the Rockets sank consecutive three-pointers and capitalized on opportunities inside, surging ahead to a 45-40 lead. The fourth quarter’s intense back-and-forth play had the Tigers down by five with less than 40 seconds on the clock. In a dramatic turn, the Tigers’ strategic fouling paid off when the Rockets faltered at the free-throw line. Riley Martin’s layup and Drew Goshorn’s game-tying three-pointer propelled the match into overtime.
In the initial overtime, both teams exchanged leads, with Tiger’s Evan Wingert making a crucial paint shot with just four seconds left, pushing the game into a second overtime. The Tiger’s perseverance shone through in double overtime, with senior Riley Martin securing the win with two critical free throws in the final 5 seconds, concluding the game at 71-69. This victory marked the Tigers’ season sweep over the Rockets, following a 59-42 win at home on January 3rd.
Riley Martin led the Tigers with a formidable double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds. Evan Wingert added 21 points and three steals to the tally. Landon Arnold contributed 10 points and five steals, while Drew Goshorn chipped in with 8 points, going 5 of 6 from the free-throw line. Broc Hostler rounded out the effort with 7 points, 7 assists, and 5 rebounds. Daxten Detweiler contributed with a point, two rebounds, and two steals. On the Rockets’ side, Nick Fields stood out with a game-high 25 points, showcasing the intense competition and skill on display.