Trimble’s Fourth Quarter Comeback Leads to Overtime Win

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Pressure was the theme of Friday’s game between the Trimble Tomcats (10-1, 7-0) and the Waterford Wildcats (8-2, 6-1) as the Tomcats narrowly edged Waterford in a 60-57 overtime win.

With less than 20 seconds to play in the fourth quarter, the Tomcats found themselves losing 51-48 when they were able to find an open Randy Hixon for a three that tied the game at 51 and sent the two squads into overtime.

This was a huge game in the TVC-Hocking rankings, as both teams came into the game tied for first in the conference, and Trimble is now in control as they now have outright first in the conference.

The Tomcats relentless full court press sealed the victory in overtime as the Wildcats just couldn’t keep up with the Trimble defensive intensity and fell just short.

The Tomcats were led to victory by senior Bryce Guthrie who finished the game with 21 points, 10 rebounds, and six steals.

Guthrie was clutch down the stretch as he sank some key free throws in Overtime to seal the victory.

Waterford kept it tight throughout the contest thanks in large part to guard Jordan Welch’s 16 points and 8 rebounds.

When the Wildcats needed him most, Welch went cold in the second half, but the Wildcats quickly filled the void with Bryce Hilverding who hit four second half three pointers to keep Waterford in the game.

Trimble pressed the Wildcats throughout the game and forced 20 turnovers in the contest.

The Tomcats came away with the win despite a shaky performance from senior guard Justice Jenkins. Jenkins finished with seven points, nine rebounds, but was a liability due to his 10 turnovers.

The on-ball pressure was crucial for both team’s chances and it led to a physical game on both ends.

This result sets up a big matchup between the two squads at Waterford on January 30th, a game that could decide the TVC-Hocking champion.