Wahama Upsets Trimble in Overtime Thriller

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Ranked as the No.7 team in Ohio, with five more players and two standouts in Justice Jenkins and Bryce Guthrie, it seemed as if Trimble would be able to snag a win against Wahama. However, in an overtime thriller, Wahama upset the Tomcats 82-81.

The Tomcats were on top for most of the game, until a series of lead changes started to occur in the third quarter.

Down 67-65 in the fourth, Cody Jones hit the basket and the foul shot to put the Tomcats back on top. Trimble got the lead to 72-69 with one minute left, but Wahama was not deterred. Philip Hoffman was wide open and nailed the tying three with 39 seconds left and sent the game to overtime.

At the end of overtime, Wahama was up 81-78 with the ball.  Trimble stole the ball, but while making a run to the basket traveled, giving the ball right back to the White Falcons. Wahama made one free throw, making the last second three by Trimble useless.

Trimble struggled with shooting, especially towards the end, only have three offensive rebounds in the second half. The Tomcats’ press defense worked well against Wahama, forcing the White Falcons to take long shots.

However Wahama couldn’t miss from beyond the arc. Wahama was 10 of 14 from three, led by Hoffman who was 3 of 4 on the night.

Bad transitions also brought down the Tomcats. The Trimble players often clumped together under its basket and never moved to defense, allowing many open shots for Wahama.

Trimble, despite the loss, still had its superstars show up.  Justice Jenkins had 28 points, six rebounds, and four rebounds.  Bryce Guthrie produced a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds.

For Wahama, Hoffman contributed 22 points, eight rebounds, and six assists. Noah Estep added 19 points and helped with two offensive rebounds.

Trimble (11-2) will try to rebound against Belpre on Jan. 22. Wahama (5-5) looks to ride the momentum and get above .500 at Eastern on Jan. 22 as well.