The Pilot Grove Tigers basketball team continues to live the good life. While hosting the Concordia Orioles Tuesday night in Pilot Grove, the Tigers held off the Orioles in overtime for a 64-61 victory.
Of course the Pilot Grove Lady Tigers weren’t so lucky while falling to Concordia 48-40.
The Pilot Grove boys, improving to 6-0 on the season, opened the first half with a 35-32 lead against Concordia but were outscored 38-26 in the second half to force overtime tied at 55-all. Meanwhile, in the overtime period, the Tigers outscored the Orioles 9-6 to garner the victory.
Pilot Grove coach Rick Grunden said thank God for a good first half, because without it they would not have pulled this one out.
“In the first half we moved the ball, and we attacked the rim to get some good looks,” Grunden said. “Defensively we took advantage of them driving in the lane and it created some turnovers to our benefit. In the second half, we let silly mistakes take over our mentality. However, we didn’t let things snowball. We gathered ourselves each time after Concordia would make a run at us and we pushed right back. Jake Leverton had an excellent game for us both offensively, scoring 19 and going 10/11 from the line, and defensively getting some very important rebounds and taking two charges. We will get a few days off before taking on a very salty Sweet Springs team in Sedalia at the W-K Shootout.”
Jake Leverton led three players in double figures for Pilot Grove with 19 points while Mason Schlotzhauer chipped in 15, Colton Glenn 12, Kendall Kraus nine, Dylan Twenter seven and Adam Newell with two.
For Concordia, Cass Heimsoth had 26 and Austin Hon 15.
As for the Pilot Grove girls, they also had a good start while leading Concordia 33-27 at the half. However, in the second half, the Lady Orioles got hot from the field while scoring 21 points while the Lady Tigers went ice cold with only seven points in the loss.
Pilot Grove coach Landon Daniel said this was a tough loss because they should have won this ballgame.
“I as the coach take the responsibility for the loss,” Daniel said. “We came out really strong in the first half. We were moving the ball well and outrunning Concordia to make transition buckets. They adjusted in the second half and I couldn’t make the adjustments to counter. We’ll get better and learn from this game and move forward.”
Hailee Langkrahr had 20 points and Dakota Miller 14 for Concordia.
For Pilot Grove, who dropped to 3-3, Kerigan Wessing finished the game with a double-double with 14 points and 21 rebounds along with five steals, two blocked shots and one assist.
McKalie Lorenz had 12 points, five rebounds and one assist while Cynthia Brumback added five points, two rebounds, two steals and one assist, Katelyn Renfro with five points and three rebounds, McKenzi Schuster with two points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals, Melissa Schlotzhauer with two points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal and Allison Weekly with one rebound and one assist.