Bulldog boys fall to Clayton Ridge in double overtime


Austin Schoulte passes to Noah Schultz during the Bulldogs’ 71-63 double overtime loss to Clayton Ridge on Feb. 3. (Photo by Michael Newton)

 

By Michael Newton

 

Feb. 8, 2011 (a 51-50 loss to Postville) was the last time a MFL MarMac boys basketball team lost an Upper Iowa Conference game. Since then, the Bulldogs had won 41 straight games in the conference and finished fourth in the state twice. On Feb. 3, the Clayton Ridge Eagles upset that streak, and the Bulldogs’ bid to win their third straight conference title, beating the Bulldogs 71-63 in double overtime.

 

The Eagles disrupted the flow of the Bulldog offense in the first half, taking a 25-18 lead, as the Bulldogs struggled to find their game.

 

In the third quarter, the Bulldogs fought back to trail by two at 40-38. The Bulldogs then managed to take a 46-44 lead with 4:55 to go in the game. It went back and forth from there. The Bulldogs took a 50-48 lead on a Cody Mason basket at 1:55 to go. At around the one-minute mark, the Bulldogs were trying to salt the game away when Cody Mason fell down and lost the ball. Clayton Ridge’s Trey Roehlik gathered in the loose ball and scored to tie the game at 50-50. The quarter ended tied. 

 

Scoring in the first overtime was limited to three Noah Schultz free throws for the Bulldogs and a Colten Connelly three pointer for the Eagles, sending the game into double overtime. In the double overtime, two Connelly threes put the Eagles in control, leading them to the 71-63 victory.

 

With their win, the Eagles (10-1) earned a piece of the conference title. The Bulldogs can tie them with a win against Starmont on Monday, Feb. 10 in Monona. With the loss, the Bulldogs fell to 9-1 in the conference and 12-3 overall. Mason led the Bulldogs with 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Schultz had 10 points and 11 rebounds.

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