FORT RECOVERY — The New Bremen Cardinals scored the game’s first 10 points against Fort Recovery — all 10 of them coming from Carson Manger.
The Cardinals needed every one of those as they had to fend off a big comeback and then outlast the Indians in overtime, 65-61, in a key Midwest Athletic Conference game on Friday night.
“We played really well early tonight,” Cardinals head coach Adam Dougherty said. “It is not that we played poorly but they are really good and they are going to make plays. We made a lot of good plays early and they just made a push back at us.”
“To play a good team like New Bremen,” Indians head coach Brian Patch said. “You can’t dig a 16 point hole and comeback. Obviously the good thing was that we did it but we played a bad 15 minutes at the beginning of the game.”
With 5:38 left in regulation the Cardinals had a 48-36 lead but that is when the Indians started to make their run. In the next 2:38 Fort Recovery went on a 12-2 run to pull to within two at 50-48 with three minutes left.
With 1:52 left Elijah Kahlig nailed a triple to give the Indians their only lead of the game at 51-50. Fort Recovery increased the lead to 52-50 with 33 seconds left, but Parker Manger sank two free throws with 15 seconds left to send the game into overtime tied at 52-all.
“They picked us up a little more full court and we were really unsound against that,” Dougherty said. “We would throw the ball in and get trapped. We would try to dribble our way out of the trap instead of just being sound with the ball in the trap. When we were sound we got the ball in the middle and got good looks.”
In the overtime Carson Manger stole the tip and immediately went to the basket for two points. After a stop, Parker Manger hit one of two free throws followed by Ben Homan hitting one of two from the line to give the Cardinals a 56-52 lead with 2:56 left.
Kahlig sank another trey to pull within 56-55, but Justin Heitkamp answered with a basket, but missed the free throw. In the final minute New Bremen sank seven of eight free throws for the 65-61 victory.
“Carson makes a big play stealing the tip and goes and makes a play,” Dougherty said. “That was a good play from a sophomore and down the stretch we just made free throws and we were tough enough to get a couple stops. If we get a couple defensive stops in regulation it doesn’t go to overtime, but we were not tough enough.”
It was the Carson Manger show to begin the game as he scored the first 10 points for New Bremen with a pair of three’s and a pair of baskets off turnovers. In the first 4:34 Fort Recovery was 0-6 with two turnovers. Wade Gelhaus finally got the Indians on the board with a layup and a bomb, but the Cardinals went on a 9-2 run the rest of the quarter for a 19-7 first quarter lead.
Both teams battled back and forth in the second quarter with each team scoring 10 points to make the halftime score 29-17.
New Bremen increased the lead to as much as 16 points in the third quarter leading 36-20 with 4:14 left, but Fort Recovery battled back to close the deficit to nine at 40-31 at the end of the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter the Cardinals regained a 14 point lead with three free throws and a basket by Ben Homan, but the Indians used a 21 point fourth quarter to send the game to overtime.
In the JV game Fort Recovery won 45-33.
The Cardinals (7-2) will travel to St. Marys tonight in a make-up game starting with the JV at 6 p.m., while Fort Recovery (7-2) will travel to Lincolnview tonight.