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Boys basketball: Rothsay escapes with OT win in Ashby

The Ashby boys basketball team nearly picked up its first win of the season in a 57-51 overtime Little Eight Conference loss at home on Thursday night.

Rothsay (2-19, 2-9 LEC) took a 21-16 lead into the break, but the Arrows (0-22, 0-11 LEC) outscored the visitors 28-23 in the second half to send the game into extra time.

The Tigers connected on 9-of-12 free-throw attempts in overtime to pull out the road win.

"These games are fun to be a part of," Ashby head coach Jeremy Knick said. "Obviously, you want to be on the other end of a game like this, but there was a lot of excitement in the gym when Miles Wing and Scott Johnson knocked down some big threes to send the game into overtime."

Wing led all scorers with 22 points and 10 rebounds, and Johnson nearly reached a double-double as well with 11 points and eight boards.

Ashby struggled offensively in the first half as Wing and Johnson were the lone scorers in the first 18 minutes.

"In the second half, we got some key contributions from Nathan Cook, who had eight second-half points and Christian Norby had 10 in the second half," Knick explained. "I also thought Christian Koefod was all over the place hustling after the ball keeping it alive."

Norby grabbed eight rebounds to go with 10 points and three steals, while Cook added eight points and seven boards.

GAME SUMMARY

ROTHSAY 21 23 13 — 57

ASHBY 16 28 7 — 51

ASHBY — Wing — 22 points, 10 rebounds; Johnson — 11 points, 8 rebounds; Norby — 10 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals; Cook — 8 points, 7 rebounds

Will Benson

Will Benson is the sports reporter for the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, Minnesota. He graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris in 2015 and is a Minnesota native, but grew up living in Iowa City, Iowa for 12 years. You can follow him on Twitter at WillBensonEP.