Trojan boys top Chapman in double overtime
CHAPMAN – The Beloit Trojans traveled to Chapman on Tuesday to take on the Fighting Irish, and got more basketball than they planned for. Ten more minutes to be exact, as the Trojans outlasted Chapman 52-44 in double overtime.
Beloit jumped out to a 5-3 lead on a three pointer by Carson Cox and a midrange jumper from Colin Chandler. Later in the first, after Chapman had taken the lead, a Vincent Palen triple made it 8-7 Beloit. It was his first of four on the night. It was all Irish after that for an extended period as they went on a 12-0 run. The Irish led 14-8 at the end of the first quarter. The run continued into the second quarter as Chapman led 19-8 with 5:30 to play in the half. Palen broke the scoring drought for Beloit with a left wing three to draw within eight.
Palen’s three sparked a 19-2 Beloit run that would extend into the second half marked by Chapman turnovers forced by the Beloit man-to-man defense after switching out of their 2-3 zone. Beloit had tied the game by halftime 21-21. The Trojans got points from seven different players in the first half.
The Trojans outscored the Irish 6-0 to start the third quarter. Like in the first half, Cox started Beloit off with a three-pointer for their first lead since the first quarter. Palen hit a corner three of his own, and it was 27-21 after the 19-2 explosion going back to the first half. Moments later, Palen hit his third three of the game and Beloit led 30-24.
Chapman chipped away at the lead and got within two, at 32-30, before free throws by Palen stretched it back to a four-point game. Later, with the game tied at 34, Hayden Budke hit a three-pointer for Beloit to go up 37-34. After a Chapman basket, to draw within one at 37-36, they put Beloit on the line to extend the game. Paxton Harris hit a pair of free throws to put the Trojans up 39-36. Chapman needed a three-points in the final 34 seconds to stay alive, and they got it. A made free throw followed by a miss and an offensive rebound and put-back for the Irish knotted the game up at 39 at the end of regulation.
In the first overtime, both teams stalled out offensively. They combined for just six points in the five-minute session. It was Hudson Smith for three for Beloit to give them at 42-41 lead with 2:07 to play. Chapman got a free throw in the final minute to send the game to a second overtime.
The Irish offense continued to stall out in the second overtime, but Beloit found their game again. Smith got a rebound and put-back for the Trojans to lead 44-42 early in second extra stanza. Coming out of a timeout, Cox drilled another three pointer and Beloit led by five. The Trojans knocked down free throws in the final stretch and outscored Chapman 12-2 in the second overtime to seal the 54-42 victory.
Beloit improved to 5-3 overall after the non-league win. Palen led the way with 17 points including four three pointers. Cox added 11 with three triples.
Beloit will be at home tonight to face Minneapolis before they begin play at the Sterling Tournament next week. The Trojans will be the No. 2 seed at Sterling and will face No. 7 seed Remington (2-5) at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
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