By BURT ANGELI
FLORENCE, Wis. - Goodman-Pembine, headed for defeat with three minutes left in regulation of its Northern Lakes Conference boys basketball opener, rallied to down Florence 60-53 in overtime Tuesday.
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Goodman-Pembine’s Trent Heath (11) drives on Florence’s Austin Herman (11) in Tuesday’s Northern Lakes Conference basketball game.
The Bobcats scrapped to a 48-40 lead with 3:04 remaining. The Patriots then went on a 9-1 tear to force overtime.
"I felt we didn't come to play for three and a half quarters," Patriots coach Paul Whitt said. "I didn't even know the team on the floor.
"You have to give Florence credit for a lot of that. They came out focused and abused us. They made us run in circles."
Goodman-Pembine, after Kyle Trudell converted a free throw with 14 seconds left, knotted the game 12 seconds later on a Brennan Pierquet lay-up.
"We had the opportunities to win and didn't cash in," Bobcats coach Tom Beck said. "Simply put, we didn't have enough to get her done."
Patriots' Trent Heath, who began the extra session with a triple, scored a game-high 18 points. The six-foot-seven Pierquet tallied 15 points and 14 rebounds.
"They did a great job of guarding Brennan all night," Whitt said. "I don't think our guys looked in there enough. We were very fortunate to get it to him there at the buzzer."
Sophomore Alex Whitt followed Heath's overtime triple with a bucket and nice pass to Pierquet for a 56-51 difference.
"They splashed a big three to start overtime," Beck said. "Trent is a heck of a ball player and we tried to contain him all night as well (as Pierquet)."
The Patriots, keyed by a 9-2 run, produced a 58-51 cushion with 1:20 left in overtime.
"If we could start a game that way, I might last longer in coaching," Whitt said. "But I love them none the less and we are getting better."
The Bobcats, with a swarming zone defense, snapped a 27-27 halftime draw with an 8-0 surge over the first four minutes of the third period. Cody Metras meshed all six third-quarter points for the Patriots.
Florence carried an eight-point lead into the final quarter. The Bobcats went cold over the final three minutes, managing just one free throw and missing two others (one on a bonus).
"Just an inability to finish the game," said Beck, citing inexperience, poor decisions and free throw shooting. "But the kids played with a lot of juice and worked hard."
Jonathan Ouradnik and Austin Herman led Florence with 15 points each. Louie Garcia added 13.
The Patriots (3-1), playing three games this week, face Niagara at Pembine on Thursday and meet Elcho on Friday at Goodman. The Bobcats (0-3, 0-2) travel to Phelps on Friday.
Freddy Noeske's 23 points propelled Florence past Goodman-Pembine in the junior varsity game. Matt Koenig chipped in 11.
Good-Pembine 12 15 6 16 11 - 60
Florence 15 12 14 8 4 - 53
GOODMAN-PEMBINE: Gardner 2, Seeley 2, Grebin 2, Heath 18, Bose 6, Metras 8, Whitt 7, Pierquet 15. FT: 6-6. F: 14.
FLORENCE: Ouradnik 15, Garcia 13, Valine 1, Herman 15, Trudell 9. FT: 10-21. F: 11.
3-point FG: Ouradnik 2, Herman, Heath 3, Whitt. FG shooting: Florence 20-61, Goodman-Pembine 25-72. Rebounding: Goodman-Pembine 51 (Pierquet 14, Whitt 10), Florence 42 (Ouradnik 10).