Published Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:01 am / Updated at 12:09 am
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Slough gives Doniphan-Trumbull OT win over GICC

DONIPHAN — Jordan Slough hadn’t scored a point all night long.

But then, after over 35 minutes of play, the Doniphan-Trumbull senior found a hole in the Grand Island Central Catholic defense.

Slough drove down the lane to score with 12 seconds left in overtime to give the Class C-2 No. 6 Cardinals a 51-49 victory over the Class C-1 No. 7 Crusaders Saturday night.

Doniphan-Trumbull was in its "layups only" offense at the time. The Cardinals held the ball for more than two minutes as the clock wound down until Slough saw his chance.

"Jordan saw the seam and took it at that point," Doniphan-Trumbull coach Steve Hartman said. "We get in that set and it’s layups only. If they think they can get to the rim they go, and he got there.

"That’s the kind of athlete Jordan Slough is. He was so composed and poised all night. He couldn’t hit a shot and still had the confidence and composure to go ahead and make a play at the end of the game when we needed him to make a play."

It was another tough loss for the Crusaders (8-4), who held a 46-38 lead with 1 minute, 47 seconds left in regulation.

"The first six minutes of the fourth quarter I thought we controlled the game," GICC coach Tino Martinez said. "We did all the right things. We made some nice adjustments against the way they were defending us because they were giving us fits. We just got to get over that phobia in the last couple of minutes and that’s totally in our control."

The Cardinals cut into that lead with a 3-pointer by Riley Wiltfong with 1:25 remaining.

A steal and layup by Lorenzo Williams seconds later cut the deficit to 47-43 with 1:15 left.

"We had it in our grips and just didn’t finish," Martinez said. "It’s tough to swallow. I thought we did everything we needed to except take care of the ball the last couple of minutes and make a couple of free throws."

GICC had a 47-44 lead as the clock ran down in regulation, but Doniphan-Trumbull had the ball. At a timeout Wiltfong told Hartman he wanted the shot to tie it.
He got it from the corner and sank the 3-pointer with 8.1 seconds left to send it into overtime.

"He wanted it," Hartman said. "He talked that whole timeout, ‘Run this, get it to me.’ He was so poised and composed and got some lift on it."

Wiltfong led the Cardinals with 20 points while Williams had 18. Hartman credited the defense by GICC’s Phoenix Stevenson for holding 6-5 senior Creighton Buhr to just eight points on the night. Brady Koch, another 6-5 senior, had just three points.

"We felt we had to eliminate their inside game and rebounding and we did an excellent job on Buhr and Koch," Martinez said. "We knew Wiltfong could get it going and Lorenzo just stepped up big for them tonight. That was a coaching decision we made going into it that we felt we had to make somebody other than Buhr and Koch hurt us."

It looked like Doniphan-Trumbull had control of the game with a 29-21 lead late in the third quarter, but back-to-back 3-pointers by John Rohweder and Brett Wiens got the Crusaders back into it in a hurry.

Hartman took the blame for those open shots. He said he decided to switch to a 1-3-1 to try and go for the knockout blow, but it wasn’t communicated to the players well enough.

"Then we were scrambling and we turned it over two times in a row right after that on silly little plays," Hartman said. "We just lost our composure for a minute."

Youhanna Ghaifan led GICC with 16 points and 13 rebounds for the game.

"Yo is just a load," Hartman said. "We get three guys around him and he has the patience and the strength to still score down in there."

GRAND ISLAND CC (8-4): Stevenson 3-7 3-6 9, Brokaw 2-5 1-2 5, Rohweder 2-7 3-3 8, Hunter 4-10 0-1 8, Ghaifan 6-10 4-9 18, Pfeifer 0-0 0-0 0, Wiens 1-1 0-0 3, Allen 0-1 0-2 0, Heidelk 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-41 11-21 51.

DONIPHAN-TRUMBULL (8-1): Slough 1-7 0-0 2, Buhr 3-10 1-4 8, Williams 7-13 1-2 18, Koch 1-2 1-2 3, Wiltfong 7-12 2-4 20, Keller 0-0 0-0 0, Toben 0-0 0-0 0, Sawyers 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-44 5-12 51.

Grand Island CC ............................ 9 10 11 17 2—49
Doniphan-Trumbull ........................ 13 4 13 17 4—51

3-point goals — GICC 2-8 (Wiens 1-1, Rohweder 1-4, Brokaw 0-1, Hunter 0-1, Allen 0-1). Doniphan-Trumbull 8-19 (Wiltfong 4-7, Williams 3-8, Buhr 1-3, Slough 0-1). Fouled out — None. Rebounds — GICC 26 (Ghaifan 13). Doniphan-Trumbull 27 (Buhr 10). Turnovers — GICC 15, Doniphan-Trumbull 10. Total fouls — GICC 17, Doniphan-Trumbull 18. Technicals — None.

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