Despite 30 points and 12 rebounds from Jack Hansen, Guerin Catholic’s boys basketball team lost in double overtime in Indianapolis to Broad Ripple 63-59 Tuesday evening.
Broad Ripple (13-8) benefited from 16 Golden Eagle turnovers and 3-18 shooting from behind the 3-pt. arc in the contest. They led 25-20 at halftime, and with 4:18 in the third quarter the Rockets looked like they were going to blast away from Guerin Catholic, leading 33-22.
However Guerin Catholic (13-8) fought back and capitalized on a 12-2 run in the fourth quarter to tie the contest 44-all. Hansen scored what would have given his team a two-point lead on a baseline move with 1:03 left, but was called for an offensive foul. Ripple held the ball for the final shot and was stopped by the Golden Eagles, sending the teams into overtime.
GC’s Zach Munson, who scored 10 points on the night, was called for a charge to open the first overtime stanza, and after another GC turnover Broad Ripple took a 48-44 lead. The Golden Eagles later found themselves behind 52-45 before a Munson basket, a 3-pt. play by Hansen, and Hansen pass to a cutting Munson for a lay-up tied the game at 52-all with :41 left. Munson at the defensive end then took drew a charge with 6.8 second left from BR’s Xavier White, who led his team with 22 point. The Golden Eagles got one final look at the basket at the buzzer on a full court play, but the shot fell short, forcing a second overtime.
GC won the tip and Hansen scored on a nice post feed from Drew Thieme for their team’s only lead in the second overtime, 54-52. However a turnover, three missed 3-pt shots, a traveling violation, two missed free throws, and a missed 10-footer on Guerin Catholic’s next seven possessions doomed any chances of victory in the second extra period.
For the game Guerin Catholic made three more field goals than the Rockets, but were a disappointing 6-12 at the free throw stripe, while the host’s cashed in on 14-20 attempts. They played their fourth game without starter Luke Godfrey, who’s recovering from an ankle injury. “They (Broad Ripple) played well defensively and we settled for more 3-pt. shots than we should have,” said Coach Pete Smith. “The guys fought hard and gave themselves chances to win in regulation and overtime, and the things we could control, we didn’t do a very good job of. They are quick and talented, and we caught them on a night they were clicking on all cylinders for most of the evening.”
The Golden Eagles are back on the road Friday night for the second year in a row at Pendleton Heights.