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Champs fall to Franklin Co, in OT thriller

Monday, November 19, 2012

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Will Holt goes full extension as he lays in a bucket for the Champs against Franklin County on Monday night.
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WINCHESTER -- It took a full four quarters of regulation and an additional four-minute overtime period for Franklin County to escape the Cascade Champions with a 48-46 season opener.

"We struggled shooting the ball early. They were pretty athletic, but basically it was our defense that kept the game slow. We just didn't shoot the ball well," said Cascade coach Mike Edmondson.

Neither team particularly shot the ball well in the early goings. Both teams only posted seven points in the first quarter of play, but started to hit some shots in the second.

Cascade pulled ahead and went into the break with an 18-17 advantage, but it was the Rebel's perimeter shot that doomed the Champs.

Franklin County connected on eight treys, five of which came off the hot hands of Matt Schmitz, who led all scorers with 20 points.

Cascade, on the other hand, still managed to hit four treys, two courtesy of Will Holt.

"I thought Will did a good job. He penetrated well and had some assists. We have to have more of that. We told Jake (Pimental) he needed to penetrate some more and draw some of that defense out. I thought we did a pretty good job of in the second half," Edmondson said.

Even with the dribble penetration attack, Cascade managed to get to the free throw line several times, but struggled all night.

Cascade left 10 points on the floor, only connecting on 4-of-14 tries from the Charity stripe.

Despite the struggles, the Champs were still in a position late in the game to pick up the win.

With 2:30 left to play, James Lattimore hit 1-of-2 attempts at the line to put the Champs ahead 40-39.

Franklin County quickly responded with a 3-pointer with just under two minutes to play.

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Cascade senior Jake Pimental hits a 2-pointer to send Monday's opener against Franklin County into overtime.
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Pimental sent the game to overtime with a 2-point put back nearing the end of regulation.

Much like the first four quarters, the teams battled back and forth to the wire.

Down 48-46 and less than 10 seconds to play, Cascade inbounded the ball and got the look they wanted from junior Blake Floyd, who took his shot from the win, which would have been a game-winning 3-pointer, but the ball caught the iron and ricocheted off.

That's what we wanted. We spread the floor and got the look we wanted, but it just didn't fall," Edmondson said.

Despite the loss, Edmondson was still pleased his team competed with an upper-level of classification down to the wire.

"I thought we did a good job for our first night out," he said.

Cascade will travel to Cannon County this weekend to participate in the Cannon County Thanksgiving tournament, with its first game set for Friday.

Cascade 7 11 14 10 4 -- 46

Franklin Co. 7 10 13 12 6 -- 48

Cascade: James Lattimore 9, Jesse Barnes 8, Will Holt 8, Alex Hatchett 6, Blake Floyd 6, Jake Pimental 4, Sam Gardner 3, Bryce Clinton 2.

Franklin Co.: Matt Schmitz 20, Robert Jordan 12, Montrez Vanzant 10, Donavon Samuels 3, Tyler Schaub 3.

3-Point goals: Franklin Co. (8): Schmitz 5, Jordan 1, Samuels 1, Schaub 1; Cascade (4): Holt 2, Hatchett 1, Gardner 1.

Halftime score: Cascade 18, Franklin Co. 17.

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