The Clearwater Valley boys took multiple short-range shots at eliminating Troy with less than five seconds remaining in a District II playoff Monday afternoon, Feb. 18, but the Trojans survived regulation 40-40 and went on to win 47-43 in overtime.
“I don’t want to take anything away from Troy,” CV head coach Craig Shorey told the Free Press. “They’re great shooters and there’s no question their length was a problem for us. Again, I don’t want to take anything away from them. But as far as I’m concerned, we lost that game. We lost it. It was ours to win.”
CV trailed early, but Rams senior Trayse Mangun had tied the score 9-9 in the second quarter. CV led by six after Mangun scored on a jump shot after the Rams bled more than a minute from the clock during their first possession of the third quarter. CV led by four in the fourth, 31-27, after a block-charge call went in Tate Pfefferkorn’s favor with 5:10 left in the game.
Standing in to defend against a driving Zachary Stoner – who went on to finish with a game-high 28 points – Mangun fouled out on a block-charge call with a bit less than four minutes left in regulation.
Many similar calls had gone CV’s way earlier in the game, as top-scorer Tyce Pfefferkorn (10 points) had scored five of CV’s first six points on high-contact drives and foul shots.
The overtime saw the Rams lead on a foul shot by senior Aaron Lahman, which CV followed up with two free throws by Tate Pfefferkorn for a 43-40 lead.
Troy scored the next seven points – two three-pointers and a free throw – to advance to the district’s consolation final against Prairie at 6 p.m. Tuesday night, Feb. 19, at LCSC.
The Rams finished 11-12 overall.