Senior has 16 points in fourth period, overtime as CHS boys rally from eight down in last 1:10 to take third in Savannah tourney Satruday
By PAUL STURM, C-T Sports Editor
SAVANNAH — With senior star Cade Snyder taking nearly-sole command of their struggling offense after the third quarter, the Chillicothe High School basketball Hornets overcame an 8-points deficit in the final 1:10 of regulation time to force overtime, then never trailed in the extra half-period as they bested Platte County
60-55 for third place in the Savannah Invitational Tournament Saturday, Dec. 2.
Snyder scored 16 points in the last quarter and overtime, including a tying 3-pointer that rattled and then hung on the rim before dropping with 13 seconds to go in the fourth frame and a three-points play four seconds into extra time that put the Hornets (2-1) on top for good.
Even though Platte County had a 3-possessions lead inside the final 75 seconds, it was only fitting the closely-contested game went to overtime.
The entire first half was played with a 1-possession lead or tie. The teams were knotted nine times in the half and the contest was tied after each of the first stanzas.
It wasn’t until CHS’ Walker Graves and quietly-emerging guard Zach Trout hit back-to-back triples a half-minute apart in the middle of the third period that either side led by more than three points. Trout’s shot exactly at mid-quarter gave Chillicothe a 27-23 edge.
When Snyder followed with a scoring drive from the left corner about 45 seconds later, it looked like CHS was starting to take charge of the game with a 6-points lead, but that was a false alarm.
Soon, 9-straight PCHS points put the Pirates ahead 35-31 before Trout’s second “3” of the third beat the buzzer by a half-second, pulling Chillicothe back within one.
While cold-shooting Chillicothe (32 percent for the game) waited nearly 31⁄2 minutes to net its first field goal of the fourth frame, the Pirates produced a
9-2 surge which left the Hornets in arrears 44-36.
Over the next 31⁄2 minutes, the teams evenly split 10 tallies before Snyder’s rebound and coast-to-coast drive ignited CHS’ closing 8-0 burst with 1:07 to go.
With Platte County missing three free throws in a 17-seconds span – part of a costly 7-of-21 night at the foul line, the door was left ajar and the Hornets shouldered their way in.
Jack Willard hit a 3-pointer – his only field goal in 10 attempts in the game – from well right of the key to halve the gap with 35 ticks left. After Platte County’s leading scorer of the game, Tannery Newberry, travelled with the ball while trying to pull up on the dribble, Chillicothe had possession with a chance to tie.
After working the ball around the perimeter and nearly losing it twice, Trout shoveled a pass to Snyder for the deadlocking shot with 13 seconds to spare.
After Platte County’s attempt at a winning “3” fell short ahead of the horn, “free basketball” was in order.
Following Snyder’s quick basket-and-1, the Pirates got back within one before, after Platte County came up empty on a tying 3-points try, Willard hit two free shots with four seconds to put it out of reach.
Statistically, while Snyder scored a game-high 22 – right at his average thus far, first-year starter Trout had a career-high 14 points and shared team assist honors with Snyder with three each. Senior backup post player Ben Jones had a team-high eight rebounds and Graves tandemed 12 tallies with seven caroms
Newberry’s 15 led PCHS.
The Chillicothe boys are idle until their home opener Friday against Trenton. That will be a girls-boys varsity doubleheader, tipping off at 6 p.m.