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Stanton Boys Cap Doubleheader with Epic 4OT Win!

The article below is from KMALand.com, by Bryan Clark

 

(Stanton) -- The fans in attendance had an amazing evening as the Stanton basketball teams celebrated senior night by sweeping Lenox. The boys won a four-overtime thriller while the girls rolled in games heard on KMA-FM 99.1 on Monday evening.

BOYS BB: Stanton 78 Lenox 71/4OT

In a game that saw a little bit of everything and lasted 16 additional minutes, it was the Stanton Vikings who made a big statement in a 78-71/four overtime win over the Lenox Tigers.

Six total starters had fouled out by the end of the game, but it was one of Stanton's senior starters, David Sorensen, who a three-pointer at the triple overtime buzzer to force a final extra period and also Sorensen who connected on all eight of his free throws in the extra periods to lift the Corner Conference champion Vikings to 19-1.

Stanton had a two-point lead, but missed four straight free throws in the final 21 seconds of regulation, giving Lenox's Spencer Brown, who was the only starter left for the Tigers at the end, an opportunity to turn his own miss into a putback at the buzzer to tie the game and send it to overtime tied at 46.

Brown turned in one of the most impressive stat lines ever, scoring 42 points and pulling down 41 rebounds, which is tied for the best single game total in state history. The 41 rebounds also increased his state-leading rebounds total to 397 for the season, or 19.9 per contest.

Stanton scored the first three points of the first overtime only to see Lenox answer with the next four, all from Brown, to take a 50-49 lead. Two free throws by Sorensen put Stanton back on top, but Brown put Lenox in front 52-51 with 1:05 left. A Carson Cline free throw made it 53-51, but Stanton came back with a Brady Johnson layup with 16 seconds left to tie the game. Brown had another offensive rebound, but missed this putback attempt at the buzzer sending the game to double overtime.

Cline and Alex Becthold traded baskets in the first minute of the second overtime, then Stanton scored the next four, all from Drake Johnson to make it 59-55 with just over one minute to go. The Tigers answered again with Brown scoring with 53 seconds left, then Cline hitting a contested layup with six seconds on the clock. Sorensen's long three at the buzzer was just off and the second overtime was complete with the game tied at 59.

The third overtime was the wildest of the evening. Cline gave Lenox the first point with a free throw, but Brady Johnson answered with the next five, putting Stanton up 64-60 with 1:21 to go. Brown answered with a bucket and free throw with 1:08 left. Drake Johnson made a free throw, then little-used senior Manny Martinez hit just his second three-pointer of the year with about 30 seconds left to give Lenox a 66-65 lead. After a Stanton miss, Brown hit two free throws with 13 seconds left. Sorensen missed a three, but Leevi Marshall couldn't connect at the line with six seconds left setting the stage for Sorensen's triple to tie the game at 68 and bring on a fourth extra period.

Stanton scored the first five of the final period and Lenox wouldn't get closer than four the rest of the way for the win.

Stanton, who lost Alex Becthold in the second overtime and Brady Johnson in the third overtime due to fouling out, improves to 19-1.

Brady Johnson finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Drake Johnson added 20 points and nine rebounds in his second straight start in place of Connor Hultman, who sat out with an ankle injury. Sorensen added 16 points, 13 in the fourth quarter and overtime for the Vikings.

KMA Sports talked with Sorensen, Drake Johnson and co-coach Kevin Blunt after the game in a YouTube video you can see below.

The Vikings wrap up the regular season at Bedford on Friday evening in a game you can hear on KMA-FM 99.1.

Brown was the only Tiger in double figures, pulling off what is surely an unprecedented 40/40 (points/rebounds) game. The Tigers lost their other four starters in the first three overtimes after fouling out. Lenox's second leading scorer, Kaleb Anderson, had just two points.

Cline scored six of his nine points in overtime as the Tigers saw their nine-game winning streak come to an end. Lenox drops to 17-3 and has to get over this loss quickly as the Tigers host Mount Ayr on Tuesday. With a win, Lenox would win the Pride of Iowa Conference championship outright.

A montage of the calls of the end of the fourth quarter and at the end of all four extra periods, as heard on KMA-FM 99.1 on Monday evening, can be heard below.

GIRLS BB: Stanton 49 Lenox 29

The Stanton girls scored the first ten points and other than a couple decent spurts by the Tigers, rolled throughout in a 49-29 win.

Stanton's lead was 16-6 after the first quarter. Lenox came back strong cutting the lead to 17-12 in the second, but the Viqueens scored the next 11 stretching into the third quarter. The Viqueens lead was extended to 20 at 37-17 by the end of the third period.

Lenox brought the deficit down to 15 about midway through the fourth, but the Viqueens quickly answered with the next eight.

Jody Vanderholm scored a career-high 18 points to lead the Viqueens inside while Chelsea Weis added 11 points and nine rebounds.

KMA Sports talked with Weis, Vanderholm and head coach Katie Elwood after the doubleheader in a YouTube video that can be seen with the boy's video above.

Stanton improves to 8-10 and will wrap up the regular season on Tuesday with a home date against South Page. The Viqueens open regional play in Essex on Thursday evening in a game you can hear on KMA 960.