Boys basketball hangs on to defeat Wooton 55–54 in overtime


Forward Mark Dimitrov and guard Justin Niles celebrate the boys basketball teams 55–54 overtime win over Wootton. Photo courtesy of Sos Mboijana.

By Matt Mande

The boys basketball team (3–5) outlasted the Wootton Patriots (4–3) 55–54 in overtime Friday night.

The Vikes started off slow in the first quarter, missing threes and getting most of their points in the paint. At the end of the quarter, the Vikes trailed 11–7. 

The Vikes’ shooting improved in the second quarter, with threes from guards Josh Weinberg and Justin Niles. The team was able to limit the Patriots to five total second-quarter points, heading into halftime with a 24–16 lead.

In the third quarter, the Vikes were able to score only nine points in the quarter, allowing the Patriots to take advantage. At the end of the third quarter, the Vikes trailed 36–33. 

 The Patriots were slow on offense in the fourth quarter, committing multiple turnovers and letting the Vikes stay within five points. Tied with less than 30 seconds left, the Patriots hit two free throws to take a 47–45 lead. However, the Vikes responded with their own free throws when center Michael Bass was fouled while attempting a buzzer-beater put-back. Bass hit both shots to tie the game up at 47 apiece, sending the game into overtime.

The score remained close throughout overtime and with less than 10 seconds left, Weinberg hit two free throws to give the Vikes a one-point lead. The Patriots were unable to hit a shot before the buzzer, propelling the Vikes to their second straight win.

Weinberg led the Vikes offensively, scoring 28 points and Bass added 12 points.

The Vikes next face the B–CC Barons (1–4) Tuesday at 5:30 pm at home.