PDC Blackhawks rally to trip Crestwood boy cagers in overtime


CRESCO - The Prairie du Chien Blackhawks rallied in the fourth quarter to force overtime against the Crestwood varsity boys’ basketball team before the Blackhawks nipped the Cadets, 66-60, in a non-conference game on Dec. 22.
Prairie du Chien grabbed a 12-7 lead after one period, but the Cadets stormed back to tie the game at 26-all at halftime.
In the third period, the Blackhawks took a 38-34 lead midway through the quarter before the Cadets clawed back with a 12-0 run to grab a 46-38 lead heading into the fourth period. 
Prairie du Chien cut the Cadets’ lead to 48-44 with five minutes left, but Crestwood came back to take a 54-46 lead with under four minutes left. The Blackhawks closed the period on a 8-0 run to tie the game at 54-all and send it to overtime.
In the extra period, the Blackhawks took a 61-56 lead with 48 seconds left before two free throws by Crestwood’s Nathan Martinek cut the lead to 61-58 with 40 ticks left. However, the Cadets were unable to get any closer in the final 30 seconds as Prairie du Chien held on for the 66-60 win.
Crestwood Head Coach Lynn McCormick said turnovers hurt the Cadets against the Blackhawks. Crestwood had 17 total turnovers.
“Turnovers were the difference in the game,” McCormick said. “We had a 10-point lead (early in the fourth), but then we had three straight turnovers. We couldn’t even get the ball inbounded on out-of-bounds plays. That (turnovers) has been the thing that has hurt us during losses this year.
“We didn’t run our offense very good when the game was tied (late in the fourth). Turnovers are hurting us, and we need to find a way to take care of that. We did work hard throughout the game, but our defense wasn’t as good tonight as it has been. Our guys are putting forth a good effort, and I think we’ll be a decent team after the Christmas break,” McCormick said.
Clayton Ollendieck posted a double-double for the Cadets with 22 points, 12 rebounds and three steals. Nathan Martinek had 14 points, including two three-pointers, three rebounds and three assists.
Kristian Szajna had eight points, including one three-pointer, nine assists and one rebound. Boston Ferrie had eight points, six rebounds, one block and one steal. 
Carter Henry had six points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals. Jon Henry had two points, two assists and one block. Jacob Andera had one rebound, one steal and one assist.
The Cadets will host Waverly-Shell Rock on Jan. 5 at 7:30 p.m., and they will play Gladbrook-Reinbeck at Wartburg College on Jan. 6 at 3:30 p.m.
Score by quarters
CW   7   19   20   8   6 - 60
PDC 12  14  12  16  12 - 66

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