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Bulldogs lose double overtime thriller

Friday, March 5, 2004

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Portageville's Antonio Scott drives around Caruthersville's Dominc Branch.
NEW MADRID - The Caruthersville Tigers and Portageville Bulldogs met for the third time this season on Thursday night. The first two contests were split at one each.

This time the contest was for the right to play the Twin Rivers Royals for the Class 3, District 1 championship.

Caruthersville prevailed 55-52 in double overtime

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The game was so evenly played that it was tied nine times, but there were two lead changes.

The Bulldogs jumped out to the early lead in the opening frame and led 9-5 on Willie Hassell's six points and Jordan Penn's trey.

For the Tigers, Kyle Hubbard kept his team in the game with five points in the quarter including a 3-pointer.

Caruthersville came out in the second period with a 7-0 run to grab a 12-11 lead at the 4:30 mark before halftime and didn't trail again until the 30-second mark of the first overtime.

The Bulldogs stayed close and trailed 20-16 at halftime.

The Tigers were led by Hubbard's game-high 22 points. The only other Tiger to reach double digits was Plessie Ellitt with 10.

Portageville was led by Willie Hassell with 19, Jordan Penn's 14 and Antonio Scott's 10.

Hassell and Penn combined for 11 points in the third to cut the Tiger lead to one at 30-29 after three quarters.

Balanced Tiger scoring in the first two thirds of the fourth quarter appeared to put Caruthersville in control. They hit the 'Dogs with an 8-2 run to make the score 38-31at the 2:50 mark, which was the biggest lead either team got all night.

At that point, freshman Trey Mosby revived the Bulldogs with a trifecta and a bucket to make the score 40-38 C'ville at the 1:16 point of regulation.

Portageville called a time out with ten seconds on the clock, and when play resumed Scott tipped a

In the first overtime, the teams traded buckets and were tied twice. With 38 seconds left, Hassell went to the foul line and hit his second attempt to give the Bulldogs a short-lived lead at 45-44. Scott hit the front end of a one and bonus to make the score 46-44 with only 12 seconds left.

After a Tiger timeout, Marshane Foreman knotted the score at 46 with a bucket at the buzzer.

Ellitt got the first two buckets of the second overtime to take the lead 50-46 and Portageville would not regain the lead. Mosby's 3-point attempt at the buzzer bounced off the front of the rim.

"I'm disappointed we lost because our kids battled and we just came up a free throw short and a rebound short. We should have stopped their penetration. I knew over the last couple of weeks, other teams were driving the hole on us and we were not getting in there and drawing the charge. I knew that if we didn't correct that it would hurt us in big ballgame. I told the kids that and I think they believe it now," said Portageville coach Jim Bidewell.

"I'm really proud of the kids. I really didn't want their season to end, but we had a good season. I was especially proud of senior Ramone Kershaw. I got more from him with his talent than any player I've ever coached. He played with a heart the size of this gym," continued Bidewell.

Caruthersville will face Twin Rivers Friday night for the district championship at 7:30.