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Cardinals win, 75-73,in double overtime

By Vivian Risch, Sports Editor

Four quarters of basketball wasn’t enough for Union County and Seton Catholic last week at Roy E. Stevens Gymnasium. A four-minute overtime didn’t produce a winner but double OT did. The Cardinals edged the Patriots. 75-73.

The 40 minutes on the court had just about everything14 three-pointers, 44 fouls and nearly as many turnovers. All-in-all, it kept fans on the edge of their seats.

“Much better than game one,” UC coach Jesse Moses said. Sometimes things don’t go your way, but the guys played their ***** off in the second half and overtime, especially the second one.”

After an early 2-0 lead, the Patriots trailed, 18-14, at the first break and 29-23 at the halftime intermission.

Halftime was interesting.

As the third quarter was about to begin, Mook Shepler went to the charity stripe to shoot two free throws as a result of a technical called on Seton at the end of the first half. Then before the second half began, another tech was whistled on Seton’s head coach. Cameron Sanford went to the line this time. UC picked up three points to close the gap to 29-26, and the Pats went on to out-score the Cardinals, 8-2, in the quarter.

But Seton jumped right back to take a 37-35 edge into the fourth quarter.

The Patriots rallied to tie the score two times (44-44 and 46-46) and the final 54-54 score in regulation time when Alex VanWinkle’s free throw threw the game into overtime.

Offenses looked good in overtime with 26 total points added equally to the scoreboard.

Down by five in the first OT, Shepler made a couple freebies and followed up with a 3-pointer before going to the bench with five personal fouls and UC down by one, 65-64. The 5’11 senior finished with 31 points, including six from three-point land.

Free throws upped Seton’s lead to 67-64 with 11 seconds still on the clock. A couple of quick UC passes and the ball went to Tate Swafford who entered to replace Shepler. Finding himself open and outside the 3-point arc. He pumped it up and it swished the net to send the game into a second overtime on the horizon.

“Whether we won or lost this game, we still have to play Friday night,” Moses said following the 75-73 loss in overtime. “We’ve learned some things tonight and know what we have to do to get better.”

Adding to UC’s offensive success was Sanford’s 19 points and VanWinkle’s 10. Senior Sam Brenneke’s 29 points was high for the Cardinals, Jake Moynihan added 14 and Nick Berger had 10.

Quarter scores

Seton Catholic 18 29 37 67 75

Union County 14 23 35 54 73

Seton Catholic Reichley 3-2/4-9, Brenneke 10-7/9-29, V.Falcone 0-0/1-0, Moynihan 4-6/9-14, Deitsch 0-2/6-2, Berger 5-0-10, Swiderek 3-0-7, Heyne 0-0-0, L.Falcone 0-0-0. Totals: 27-17/29-75.

Union County Sanford 4-8/10-19, VanWinkle 4-1/2-10, Webb 0-4/4-4, Hensley 2-0-4, Osborne 0-0/2-0, Alldredge 0-0-0, Swafford 1-0-3, Hornung 1-0-2. Totals: 19-24/30-73.

3-pointers-SC 4 (Reichley, Brenneke 2, Swiderek). UC 10 (Sanford 3, VanWinkle, Shepler 6).

Rebounds-SC 29 (Moynihan 7). UC 35 (Hensley 8).

Turnovers-SC 15. UC 24.

Total Fouls-SC 22. UC 22.

Technical Fouls-SC 2.

Fouled out-Shepler, Berger, Webb.

JV Quarter scores

Seton Catholic 10 26 32 48

Union County 9 18 30 47