Lions rally for thrilling OT win over Tidioute

Warren County Christian’s Josiah Poindexter hit a 3 at the end of regulation to send Saturday’s game against Tidioute into overtime.

MARIENVILLE – Josiah Poindexter got the game to overtime for Warren County Christian School in Saturday’s consolation game of the Forest Tip-Off Tournament against Tidioute and Tommy Jones took over from there.

Poindexter got a rebound off a missed free throw with six seconds left in regulation and WCCS trailing by three, took the ball to the 3-point line, pulled up and drilled it to send the game to overtime. In the extra period, Jones scored seven of the Lions’ 13 points in what was ultimately a 55-47 win.

“Excellent team effort,” said WCCS coach Tom Jones. “We only have eight guys and they all played well. We had a strong game from our freshmen – Danny Jones, Ryan Weidner and Ethan Kerr. Danny Jones, to get significant points and rebounds really helps us from a ninth grader.”

Not only did Tommy Jones have a big overtime period, he led the team in scoring for the game with 23, followed by 16 from Poindexter. Jones also added ten rebounds and five assists in being named to the all-tournament team, while Danny Jones had eight boards.

“Tommy Jones did an awesome job in overtime,” coach Jones said.

Tidioute jumped out to a 13-8 lead after the first quarter, but the Lions (3-1) rallied to take a 25-21 halftime lead.

Ryan Williams had a big game for the Bulldogs (0-2) pouring in 18 points, including four 3’s, while Masion DeLoe added nine and Julian Gillenwater eight.

The Lions went just 17-of-38 from the free throw line but ‘made enough to win’ coach Jones noted.

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WCCS: Hosts Faith Christian on Monday.

Tidioute: At Erie Bethel on Tuesday.

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WCCS (55)

Poindexter 6-3-11-16, T. Jones 7-8-14-23, Wiles-Shaw 1-0-0-2, J. Jones 1-2-5-4, Brenner 0-0-0-0, D. Jones 3-4-6-10, Widener 0-0-2-0, 0-0-0-0, Totals 18-17-38-55

Tidioute (47)

Shields 0-1-2-1, Williams 6-2-2-18, Veasey 2-1-5-5, Gillenwater 2-3-4-8, DeLoe 3-1-2-9, Kennedy 0-0-2-0, Magda 3-0-0-6, Totals 16-8-17-47

By Quarters

WCCS      8    17    9     8    13 – 55

Tidioute  13   8     10   11   5 – 47

Three-point FGs: WCCS (2) – Poindexter, T. Jones; Tidioute (7) – Williams 4, DeLoe 2, Gillenwater