TACOMA, Wash. – A back and forth battle needed an extra period to be settled but the Puget Sound men's basketball team eventually fell 88-83 in overtime to George Fox. The Loggers (9-16, 4-12 NWC) celebrated four seniors before the game, which was their final game of the year.
The Loggers found themselves down 10 points early in the second half as the Bruins (15-10, 9-7 NWC) opened up their biggest lead of the game. The Loggers responded within 8-0 run to bring the game back to a one-possession struggle and neither team led by more than five the rest of the way.
The game featured 16 lead changes and nine ties as both teams took their turn out in front. When it came down top the final seconds, the bruins had a slight lead. Senior Rex Holmes then stepped up to drain a huge three-pointer and give the Loggers a 74-73 lead with under one minute to go.
Anthony Sanchez responded for the Bruins on the other end as he was fouled but managed to hit a runner in the lane for a three-point play and a 76-74 Bruin lead. It was again Holmes who stepped into the limelight for the Loggers as he drove to the rim and tied the game at 76-76 with 13 seconds to go and eventually force overtime.
Holmes scored 13 of his 16 points in the second half after coming up empty in the first half. Most of his points came in crucial situations to help the Loggers force OT. Sanchez finished with 15 points for the Bruins.
In the extra period, Rex Nelson gave the Loggers the early lead with a quick bucket. His final basket gave him a team-high 21 points with 13 coming in the second half. The teams traded threes on the next two possessions but the Bruins were able to pull ahead as the Loggers had back-to-back turnovers. With an 84-81 lead, the Bruins knocked down all four free throw attempts late to come away with the win.
Sean Atkins had a game-high 24 points while Spencer Bolte had 18 points for the Bruins. Five Loggers were in double figures with Derek Jobe scoring 12 and Dan Cheledinas adding in 10. AJ Maw also had 12 points. Senior Gabe Borboa was just shy of a double-double with eight points and nine rebouds.
The box score shows the Loggers with a 47-22 advantage in points off the bench. In a classy move from George Fox and the officiating crew, the Logger were able to start injured seniors Ryan Rogers and Riggs Yarbro for a final curtain call. Both seniors played the opening seconds as play was stopped after the Bruins controlled the opening tip.
The Loggers season came to a close on Saturday night. All-conference teams are expected to be announced next week.