Easton Valley got the last scoring run in overtime of a back and forth game at Central Catholic Auditorium on Tuesday night, and beat Prince of Peace 66-62 in the first game of the new year.
All tied up at 62-62 after 32 minutes of play, Easton Valley grabbed the first points in overtime. Kaidion Larson got a steal, but missed the layup. Nate Moeller got another steal but the Irish were unable to capitalize on that one as well.
Easton Valley’s Nate Trenkamp drew a doul and put the River Hawks up 65-62 with a little over a minute to play.
Prince of Peace put up several shot attempts but couldn’t find the rim and ultimately fell in OT 66-62.
Overtime came after a tumultuous and momentum shifting game. The teams came out of halftime with the River Hawks leading 32-25. Larson hit a three to start off play, and then Nate Moeller grabbed an offensive rebound and put it back.
Easton Valley scored, but Larson — while falling out of bounds — found Moeller, who hit a jumper to put the Irish back within two. Another basket from Larson tied everything up at 34-34.
Conner Williams grabbed a steal on the River Hawks’ end and got it to Kaidion Larson who was fouled. A technical foul on top of that gave Larson four shots, which he drained three. The Irish took the lead with 4:10 left in the third quarter.
Another steal from Larson allowed Williams to grab an offensive rebound for two, and then Patrick Mulholland drained a three to put the Irish up 42-34. The Irish still led by seven going into the last quarter.
Then it was Easton Valley’s turn for a comeback effort. With under give minutes to play and only up by three, the Irish turned the ball over. Easton Valley’s Jesssen Weber hit a big 3-pointer to tied everything up at 53-53. Mulholland drove and put it in for two, and then Larson did an over-under move in the middle of the lane to put Prince of Peace ahead by four again.
River Hawks’ Cade Jargo drew the foul and nailed both free throws, but Mulholland responded with two free throws of his own to put the score at 59-55.
On the other end, Jargo shot one from three feet behind the 3-point line and hit it, and then immediately stole the ball to put the River Hawks ahead 60-59.
Another basket from Mulholland gave the Irish the one point advantage with just one minute remaining. Trenkamp scored once more for the River Hawks, and Mulholland hit another free-throw to get the game tied up at 62-62 and sending the teams to overtime.
Larson led the Irish with 27 points, while Mulholland added 11 and Moeller another 10.