Chillicothe's late heroics went for naught, as the Cavaliers lost 60-57 in overtime to Reynoldsburg, at the Thomas Worthington Gussler Invitational.
Trailing 57-54 in the closing seconds of regulation, Chillicothe's Branden Maughmer connected on a three-point shot to send the game to overtime, 57-57.
Each team had their opportunities in the overtime, but Reynoldsburg was the only team to score in the extra period as they hit a 3-pointer on their second possession. Chillicothe was shutout in the OT, falling 60-57.
Earlier in the game, Reynoldsburg took the lead with the inside play of 6'7 D-1 recruit Trey Williams. Chillicothe took their first lead of the game at 25-24 as the Cavs ended the first half on a 10-2 to run for a halftime lead of 30-27.
Reynoldsburg jumped to a quick start in the second half, but a dunk by CHS' Simon Roderick gave Chillicothe a 34-32 lead- that they never lost until three minutes to go in regulation. Both missed key free throws in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter, but Reynoldsburg made one free throw with 3.8 seconds left to go up 57-54. That's was followed by Brandon Maughmer's drive to the 3-point arc where he buried the shot as the buzzer sounded to send the game to overtime.
Cavs Coach Eric Huffer said he was "proud of his teams effort and thought the inside duo of Will Roderick and Jason Benson, giving up 5 inches, did all they could to try and contain to contain the 6'7 Williams."
Williams with a game-high 29 points. Chillicothe was led by Brandon Maughmer's 20 points, Simon Roderick added 13 and Jason Benson chipped in with 11.
According to Coach Huffer, "Games like this can tell a lot about your team and I was pleased with the effort the Cavs showed against a top 10 team in central Ohio."
The Cavs next take on Thomas Worthington on Friday night, at Thomas Worthington at 8:30pm. Again, there will be no live broadcast coverage on News Radio WBEX, but iHeart Media analyst Lou Postage will have WBEX Facebook and Twitter updates during the game.
Lou Postage spoke with Coach Eric Huffer following the overtime loss to Reynoldsburg. Here the interview on our podcast link below...