Sierra turned the ball over on its first two possessions of the second overtime Wednesday night, and Tokay’s T.J. Gotelli scored six consecutive points to help the visiting Tigers pull out a wild 66-63 double-overtime victory.
It was a rematch of last Saturday’s McDonald’s Classic 11th-place game won by Sierra, 54-41.
The Timberwolves (4-4) forced overtime with an improbable play. The Tigers were leading 50-47 with 3.2 seconds remaining in regulation and missed two free throws. Bryson Sanders grabbed the rebound off the second miss and fired the outlet to Jakob Gallagher past midcourt. Gallagher lofted up a desperation 3-pointer on his way to the corner. Somehow it went in for the tie at the buzzer.
“Jakob got a clutch 3-pointer right there,” Sierra coach Scott Thomason said. “We had the momentum and we couldn’t take advantage of it. We made some silly fouls in double overtime and all game we couldn’t execute at a high level.
“I give Tokay a lot of credit. They fought hard and their No. 11 (Gotelli) hit some big 3s. I can’t wait to get back to work on Thursday.”
The Tigers made the game closer than it had to be. Tokay missed seven free throws in the fourth quarter – including the two with 3.2 second left that would have iced the game – and were 4 of 6 from the free-throw line in the first overtime period. The Timberwolves had just six free throws in the second half and two overtime periods combined, making five on them.
Tokay coach Bobby Hernandez is pleased with the way his team is progressing toward the league opener next month.
“We had a rough pre-season,” Hernandez said. “These games are setting us up for league. This is a testament to what our team is all about.
“Sierra is a great team. They set the bar high so a team has to come out and play. If we don’t bring it, they are going to out-power us and out-physical us. They are a well-coached team.”
The biggest lead of the night was at eight points for the Timberwolves to start the second half. Tokay cut that lead in half by the end of the third period and led three times in the fourth quarter before Gallagher’s heroic buzzer beater to force overtime.
Gotelli led all scorers with 19 points. Jonnythan Munkholm and Daniel Wyatt each had 16 points for Sierra, with Munkholm getting eight points in the second quarter and Wyatt six. Joshua Patton added 14 points for the Timberwolves and with teammate Hunter Johnson making seven rebounds and Munkholm six. Wyatt had four steals.
Tokay 46, Sierra 44
The Tigers held off a late Timberwolves surge.
Jess Spivey led Sierra with 12 points.
Sierra 54, Tokay 28
Jamille Grady hit six 3-pointers and tallied 26 points for the Timberwolves. Teammate Noah Ault added nine points.
East Union 79, Ripon 49
Scott Morenzone amassed 31 points and 15 rebounds as the Pages (7-0) kept their perfect record intact Tuesday at Ripon.
D.J. Sihota and Angel Sena added 12 and 10 points, respectively.