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ARGOS â€” The Argos Dragons dropped the opening round game of the Winter Classic to the West Central Trojans 50-44 in overtime Thursday.
â€śI felt they did a good job all night being the aggressor,â€ť said Argos boys coach Doug Snyder of West Central. â€śI felt they waited for us. They gave us an opportunity there at the end. I thought we did a good job of finally getting some momentum for us at the end of the first half and again I felt like they waited for us. Then at the end of the game the same thing happened. They had some momentum and then we made a nice little run at the end and executed the out of bounds play and got the three to tie it up, but they allowed us to be in this game.â€ť
West Central opened the game with good ball movement on a 7-0 run in just under two minutes. Argos was able to slow them down a little from there and closed out the quarter down 13-7. West Central started out the second quarter on a 7-2 run, but Argos was able to get things going from there hitting two big 3s at the end of the quarter and went into halftime with a manageable deficit down only three, 21-18. The Trojans werenâ€™t able to start the second half quite as hot as Argos tied it up early when senior Ricky Rice converted on an and-one opportunity from the free throw line. From there it was a back and forth game as neither team was able to get a real edge.
The third quarter ended with the Trojans on top 35-31. The fourth quarter was more of the same with West Central holding a slight lead for most of the quarter.
Argos junior Taylor Ogle converted an old-fashioned three-point play of his own with only 1:05 left which brought the Dragons within three, 42-39. Argos was then able to force a turnover with only 31 seconds remaining.
Then Taylor Ogle hit his biggest shot of the night, nailing a 3-pointer off of the inbounds play to tie the game up at 42 with only 24 seconds remaining. Coach Snyder had this to say about Ogle.
â€śTaylor is just a hard working kid,â€ť said Snyder. â€śIt was a big shot for him and we need to get him to shoot and score a little more to be successful.â€ť
The Dragons just didnâ€™t have much left in the tank after regulation as West Central was able to outscore them 8-2 in the overtime period to take the victory.
The Argos Dragonsâ€™ record now stands at 1-7 and West Central is now 3-5.
Argos will play Knox â€” which lost to Winamac in another close 52-50 game Thursday â€” in a consolation game Saturday at West Central at 7 p.m. West Central will take on the Warriors for the tourney championship, also at 7 p.m. at West Central.
â€˘ WEST CENTRAL 50,
ARGOS 44 OT
Score by Quarters
West Central: 13 21 35 42 50
Argos: 7 18 31 42 44
WEST CENTRAL (50): Michael Hamilton 15, Kamrein Street 11, Spencer Holliday 10, Drew McKay 5, Hunter Holliday 3, Keegan Dillman 2, Dylan Ingram 2, Austin Davis 2, Brandon Brickley 0, Kody Miller 0; Totals 19 9-15 50.
ARGOS (44): Taylor Ogle 13, Dominic Cataldo 10, Ricky Rice 9, Casey Johnson 6, Derek Smith 6, Ben Carter 0, Max Bailey 0, Brian Snyder 0, Alex Blum 0; Totals 15 9-13 44.
3-pointers: West Central 3 (Street 3) Argos 5 (Smith 2, Ogle, Cataldo, Johnson); Rebounds: West Central 24 (Holliday 7, Hamilton 6, Street 3, McKay 3, Ingram 3) Argos 17 (Johnson 8, Carter 3); Assists: West Central 10 (McKay 7) Argos 8 (Ogle 4); Steals: West Central 13 (Hamilton 4, Holliday 2) Argos 11 (Ogle 4, Cataldo 3); Turnovers: West Central 15 Argos 18; Fouls (fouled out): West Central 13 (none) Argos 16 (Ogle).
Records: West Central 3-5, Argos 1-7