For 2nd straight year, Rochester loses to Logansport in OT
Bowers leads with 17, Hunting has 14, Leasure scores 10
BY VAL TSOUTSOURIS
Sports Editor, RTC
LOGANSPORT — Jacob Taylor hit six 3-pointers and scored 32 points to lead the Logansport boys basketball team to a 60-51 win in overtime over Rochester on Dec. 10.
A 6-5 junior forward, Taylor hit a game-tying 3-pointer with 2:04 left in regulation that made it 48-48. He then hit 3-pointers in back-to-back possessions to break a 50-50 tie and give Logansport a six-point lead in overtime.
Brock Bowers scored 17 points to lead Rochester (2-2). Luke Hunting added 14, and Paul Leasure tallied 10.
Logansport, who won three games last season, improved to 2-3.
Rochester had a chance to win with the game tied at 48 and 11.1 seconds left in regulation. Rochester called a timeout to set up a potential game-winning bucket, but Paul Leasure missed a pullup jumper in the lane with the waning seconds.
Rochester lost to Logansport for the 12th consecutive time. They have not beaten Logansport since February 2010.
They also lost 57-53 in overtime to Logansport last year at home.
The Zebras trailed by as many as 12 points in the third quarter before closing the quarter on a 20-4 run to grab a 42-38 lead.
“We came out in the second half, and we got down quickly again in double digits, and I just told them when you’re on the road, that’s tough to come back from,” Rochester coach Rob Malchow said. “We did, and at the end of the day, our fight … we had the ball with 11 seconds (left) and a chance to win the game. I’ll take that any time down here. It just didn’t go, and at the same time, I thought this weekend (losses to North Judson and Logansport), we got better. I felt like the way we competed last night (against North Judson) and tonight the way we competed and executed at crucial times, we got better.
“Now with that said, we have to figure out how we’re going to come out and start games a little bit sharper and in the second half.”
His minutes limited due to foul trouble in the first half, Hunting scored seven points in the third quarter and seven of the Zebras’ nine points in the fourth quarter and overtime.
Logansport started each half on a 9-0 run.
Rochester took their first lead at 39-38 with 47 seconds left in the third quarter on a short pullup in transition by Leasure after a Hunting steal of Logansport’s Chrisanthony Del Valle.
When Leasure found Reinartz in the right corner for a 3-pointer with two seconds left in the quarter, the Zebras had a four-point lead.
Malchow credited switching from a zone to a man-to-man defense in making the comeback, saying it was “an opportunity to get some energy.” He also said they were slow in their rotations in the zone.
Sophomores Owen Prater and Bryce Baugher received crunch time minutes because of their defensive proficiency.
But Logansport rallied behind Taylor. The Berries had 22 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, and Taylor had 15 of them.
“We thought Bryce played good defense tonight in our game, and Owen’s probably our toughest competitor,” Malchow said. “When I put Bryce in to switch there with Owen, it was to try and get some length on number 5 (Taylor), and I thought he did a good job. (Taylor) is a good player. He did a nice job tonight and made big shots. Really, he took over the overtime.”
Logansport 60, Rochester 51 (OT)
ROCHESTER (51) (2-2)
Paul Leasure 4 2-6 10, Brock Bowers 7 0-0 17, Tanner Reinartz 2 0-0 5, Luke Hunting 6 1-2 14, Xavier Vance 0 1-2 1, Owen Prater 2 0-0 4, Bryce Baugher 0 0-0 0
TEAM: 21 4-10 51
LOGANSPORT (60) (2-3)
Isaac Russell 2 0-0 6, Chrisanthony Del Valle 3 0-0 8, Jacob Taylor 12 2-2 32, Izak Mock 2 0-0 4, Cooper Smith 2 2-2 6, Jeremiah Miller 1 0-0 2, K. Amare Summers 1 0-0 2
TEAM: 23 4-4 60
Three-point field goals:
Rochester 5 (B. Bowers 3, Hunting, Reinartz),
Logansport 10 (Taylor 6, Del Valle 2, Russell 2)
Total fouls: Rochester 14, Logansport 13
Turnovers: Rochester 9, Logansport 16
Score by quarters
Rochester 7 12 23 6 3 – 51
Logansport 13 9 16 10 12 – 60