It was a crazy ending to a basketball game that ended in heartbreak for the Woodridge boys basketball team.
The Bulldogs lost 58-56 in overtime Jan. 24 at Portage Trail Conference Metro Division rival Streetsboro.
Woodridge led 20-12 after one quarter, 27-22 at halftime and 38-37 after three quarters.
"Then Streetsboro came out in the fourth quarter and made a run to take the lead," Bulldogs head coach Ric Blevins said. "Our guys went on an 11-0 run to answer, and we were up by seven with a couple minutes left. But we couldn’t hold the lead down the stretch and unfortunately had to go to overtime [with the score 51-51].
"With the game tied, we got a big defensive stop inside of 10 seconds to go and had possession of the ball. I was trying to get a timeout, but I couldn’t get one. Meanwhile, somehow the ball got kicked out of our hands and fell right into one of their guy’s hands and the guy made a shot at the buzzer.
"It was a tough way to lose a basketball game that I felt my kids played hard enough to win."
On Tuesday, Woodridge fell 59-42 at Twinsburg.
Leading the way for Woodridge against Streetsboro was shooting guard Ben Kiser, who scored 14 points.
"Ben is coming along. He’s a sophomore. He’s got a lot to learn. He can score the basketball," said Blevins. "When he keeps his head focused on what we’re trying to do, he has a lot of ability and we’re excited about the future for him."
Junior shooting guard Josh Decker scored 13 points, while senior guard Brandon Albright had 12 points.
"Josh just continues to be that guy who can score the basketball for us," Blevins said. "He hit some huge shots. Every time Streetsboro made a run at us, he was able to answer.
"He’s being guarded really hard. Opposing teams are working really hard to shut him down, but to his credit he’s finding ways to get open and finding ways to make big shots. He’s scoring points on not a lot of attempts. There are a lot of guys averaging 20 points a game shooting the ball 30 times. Josh isn’t one of them.
"Brandon stepped up and played a fantastic game for us. He’s really tried to step up and be a leader. I couldn’t be prouder of his effort in practice. That translates into good things come game nights. He had a night that we knew he was capable of. I thought he definitely was deserving of having a night like that."
Senior Kyle Mottice scored seven points.
In the loss to Twinsburg, Decker went down at the end of the first quarter with a sprained ankle and missed the rest of the game.
"We’d been playing pretty well up to that point," said Blevins. "Josh’s injury really limited our opportunities to score the rest of the way. Twinsburg is a very quick, athletic team that likes to pressure the basketball. We lost a few of their shooters from time to time, but all in all I couldn’t have asked for more defensively.
"The effort was definitely there, but without Josh in the lineup we really struggled to score the basketball the last three quarters."
Woodridge is scheduled to take an 8-8 overall record and a 6-4 Metro mark into a home game with division rival Ravenna Friday at 7 p.m.
The Bulldogs are scheduled to host Medina Highland Tuesday at 7 p.m. before hosting division foe Field Feb. 7 at 7 p.m.