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January 25, 2019 Mid-Prairie dominates overtime after late comeback
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With time running out and Mid-Prairie facing a 12-point deficit with just six minutes remaining in their game against Tipton, they turned to something that may seem a bit counterintuitive — patience.

That patience paid dividends as the Golden Hawks stormed back and forced overtime against Tipton. They had a 13-9 advantage in overtime and won the game 71-67.

“It was their defensive intensity that showed up the last four minutes of the fourth quarter and the entire overtime,” Mid-Prairie coach Daren Lambert said. “...We always say play great defense and be patient on offense.”

Tipton had a chance to win the game, as they held the ball with 13 seconds left out of a timeout. Their play ended up broken and a post-entry pass wound up going off the rim and they failed to get a shot off before the buzzer. From that point on it was all Mid-Prairie.

Lambert pointed to a moment in overtime that showed the patience Mid-Prairie had after the start of the fourth quarter. He noted a play that ended with a Dom Pickard three from the corner started with eight passes before the shot, showing they wouldn’t settle for a contested shot. Pickard’s three set Mid-Prairie up with a five-point lead in overtime and helped them hold off Tipton.

Mid-Prairie was led in scoring by the usual scorers with Cale Robertson scoring 19 points and Butters 16 points, but Brad Tornow joined that group with 18 points on the night. Tornow took advantage of Tipton’s choice to trap off of ball screens. Often he fought through the middle of the double team and drove in for a layup.

“He’s always been our assist guy and facilitator, but tonight he stepped up and scored 18 points for us,” Lambert said.

Mid-Prairie shot 24-62 as a team and was 4-11 from deep. Tipton outrebounded Mid-Prairie 37-34 by cleaning the offensive glass as Tipton had 18 offensive rebounds including eight by Frank Bierman. That led to easy second-chance points for Tipton as Bierman led Tipton with 21 points on the night.

“Their Bierman kid is a great rebounder and effort player, and we weren’t doing the little things like boxing out,” Lambert said.

The win pushes Mid-Prairie to 8-6 overall and marks the first time since Dec. 6, 2012, that Mid-Prairie has won three games in a row. With six River Valley Conference games remaining, Mid-Prairie sits in third place at 7-6 in conference play, four games behind West Branch and Iowa City Regina.

Box Score

Tipton: 11; 12; 25; 10; 9;—; 67

Mid-Prairie: 14; 6; 16; 22; 13;—; 71

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