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Vanguards fall in 6 OTs

Vanguards fall to Platteville in classic


December 13, 2018

Aaron Jacobus

Clayton Caminiti and Wisconsin Heights' boys basketball team lost an epic, six-overtime game to Platteville last Tuesday.

Late last Tuesday night, in the middle of the chaos, Wisconsin Heights boys' basketball coach Zach Colby stopped for a second to soak it all in.

"I remember saying, 'How fun is this?' " Colby said.

If only the end result was different.

Heights and host Platteville engaged in an epic, six-overtime thriller. With the Vanguards in heavy foul trouble, though, Platteville pulled away in the sixth overtime and prevailed, 105-91.

Platteville senior guard Isaiah Oswald had a huge game with 41 points.

Cam Brown - the Vanguards' only starter not to foul out - led Heights with 21 points. Shavran Parman and De'Shawn Barsness both scored 18 points and Clayton Caminiti added 16.

Heights lost its first game of the year and fell to 3-1. Platteville improved to 3-1 with the win.

"Afterwards, the first 10-15 minutes, I was in state of deep disappointment," Colby said. "But on the bus ride home, I realized this would be a good thing for us in the long run. I complemented them. I was very proud of the effort."

The game began at 7:30 p.m. and ended at approximately 10:15 p.m. Heights' players got back to school at 11:40 p.m., although Colby gave them the next day off of practice.

In all, the game lasted 60 minutes - 36 in regulation and 24 in overtime.

Heights built an early 10-point lead. But Platteville clawed back and took a 28-26 halftime lead.

The second half was nip-and-tuck the entire way. Platteville had three shots to win the game at the end of regulation, but missed on all three and the teams headed to overtime.

Little did they know their night was just getting started.

For the most part, the overtimes followed several common themes:

• Neither team could get any separation until Platteville did so in the sixth OT.

• Platteville had the ball last almost every OT.

• Heights stayed alive as fouls on both sides added up.

"They'd come out almost every overtime and score and we were playing from behind," Colby said. "But it was a credit to the boys grinding it out on the road. They just have no give up. It was just spectacular."

In the fifth overtime, Heights junior guard Rhead Jacobus had a chance to win it, but his three-pointer as time expired rimmed out.

"I really thought we were going to get it done," Colby said. "Any timeout we had, that was kind of the message. Let's just finish this out."

By the sixth overtime, though, De'Shawn Barsness, Payton Flamme, Parman and Demond Barsness had all fouled out, leaving the Vanguards extremely shorthanded.

Brown was the only starter still in the game. Clayton Caminiti twisted an ankle in the second overtime, but came back in the fifth OT and gutted it out down the stretch.

Aside from that, though, Colby was forced to go deep into his bench. And Heights just couldn't keep up.

But Colby knows even a memorable defeat like this could be good for his team down the road.

"This is going to be good for us," he said. "It gave our bench players some meaningful minutes and got them exposed to a big game situation.

"How easy it would have been for the guys to just cave in and think we couldn't get it done? But they didn't. So considering this was our first real test, I would say I'm pleased.

"Our defense is there, our offense is lacking a little bit. But we're on track. We'll see where we stand after this."

Dec. 4

Platteville 105, Wisconsin Heights 91 (6 OT)

Wisconsin Heights ....................................... 26 22 7 8 7 11 8 2 - 91

Platteville .................................................. 28 20 7 8 7 11 8 16 - 105

Wisconsin Heights - Jacobus 9, Demond Barsness 9, Parman 18, De'Shawn Barsness 18, Brown 21, Caminiti 16.

PLATTEVILLE - Egers 6, Wein 10, Rohrbach 18, Busch 4, Oswald 41, Weigel 4, Riley 15, Bartels 2, King 5.


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