In a game pitting two undefeated Big 8 Conference foes, it was only normal that the Seneca and Mount Vernon boys turn the slugfest into an overtime nail-biter.
That’s just what happened after Seneca’s Elias Roelfsema hit a 12-foot baseline jumper at the buzzer to end regulation and sent the game into overtime. The Mountaineers, however, would blank the Indians in the final period to win it, 66-62.
The victory left the Mountaineers atop the Big 8 leaderboard by themselves as they improved to 6-0 in the conference, while the Indians dropped to 5-1. Mount Vernon plays at Carl Junction on Friday where a win will seal the conference title, while the Indians (17-7, 5-1), who can now only hope for a share of the title, entertain Cassville at 6 p.m. Friday.
“It was a great game, it was a great atmosphere,” Seneca coach Will King said. “I was real proud of our community coming out and supporting the team.”
The teams traded scores all night long as the Indians held a 32-31 lead at halftime. The score remained tied at 62 until the final 1:30 of the overtime period, when the Mountaineers finally broke through with four unanswered points.
“I was so proud of our guys,” Kind said. “They were focused and gave great effort all night.”
Luke Call led Mount Vernon with 21 points, while Chandler Myers tallied 17, Shane Williams 16, Zane Phillips eight, Skylar Phillips three and Braden Adams one.
Seneca was led by Kyler Ng with 16 points, Seth Harris with 12, Logan St. Clair 11, Chance Smith and Roelfsema 10, and Bradley Jumper three.
The Indians won the “B” game, 55-41, with Tyrell Hembree rattling in 26 in the winning cause.