Along with Brandon Cary scoring in double figures, Cary finished with four rebounds, two steals and was 6-13 from the field.
NEW HAVEN, Mo. - Kyle Ruediger and Brandon Cary both scored in double figures as the New Haven Shamrocks snap a two game losing streak Tuesday night by defeating New Bloomfield in overtime 52-48, improving to 5-4 on the year.
Ruediger recorded his first double-double of the year, leading all scores with 21 points and 10 rebounds, scoring six of New Haven seven points in overtime. Carey hit double figures for the third straight game, scoring a season high 16 points.
Free throws played a decisive factor as New Haven out shot the Wildcats 18 to 6, converting 12 attempts (66%), more importantly the Shamrocks went 5-6 from the line in overtime.
Dylan Goodwin provided an extra spark for New Haven, scoring all seven of his points in the first quarter.
New Haven extended their halftime lead to six (31-25) early in the third quarter before New Bloomfield’s Derek Shikles and Grant Nichols back-to-back three pointers sparked a 14-3 run and a four point lead 39-34. New Haven recovered by scoring four straight in the final minute to pull within one (39-38) before heading into the fourth quarter.
The Shamrocks still trailing by three early in the fourth quarter, Brandon Cary completed a three-point play (41-41) before Ruediger would give New Haven their first lead at the five minute make since midway through the third, 43-41.
Both teams would exchange baskets on the ensuing plays to tie it at 45 with three minutes remaining in regulation and with either team able to score they would head into overtime tied at 45.
Ruediger puts it up and in to give New Haven a two point lead in overtime.
New Haven struck first off a drive down the lane by Ruediger for a layup followed by hitting one of two from the line, put the Shamrocks ahead 48-45. Zach Boehmer then hit two free throws with 55 seconds left and a 50-45 New Haven lead. Boehmer’s free throws would prove to be huge down the stretch.
As the Wildcats remained scoreless in overtime, Shikles kept his team alive after knocking down his fourth three pointer in the game with 14 seconds, pulling New Bloomfield within two, 50-48. After being fouled on the ensuing inbound, Ruediger hit both free throws and sealing the overtime win for New Haven.
New Haven will travel to Bourbon on Friday before they head to the South Callaway Tournament next week (Jan. 12-17) where they are seeded 6th and will play Harrisburg on Tuesday.
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