COMMERCE — An 8-3 edge in overtime helped carry the Quapaw boys to a 42-37 victory over Commerce in a Lucky 7 Conference basketball game here Thursday night.
“It was a timely win,” Quapaw coach Aaron Bland said. “The last couple of games, we’ve had the lead, lost it and hit a wall. We talked before the game and at halftime about how we had to get through the wall. Tonight, we got through the wall.”
The Wildcats carried a 19-15 lead into the fourth quarter, but let Commerce get back into the game with a 19-5 advantage.
Zach Barnes led the Tiger comeback, getting half of his team-high 16 points in the fourth period.
A pair of free throws by Barnes with 12.2 seconds remaining capped a 6-0 run by CHS that forged a 34-34 tie.
Quapaw’s Cory Scott missed a shot from the top of the key just before the buzzer that would have given the Cats the victory.
A layup by Brandon Rollet gave Quapaw a 36-34 lead with 2:25 remaining.
Joey Bowling missed both ends of a free throw chance for the Tigers, then Rollet and Clay Greninger downed two charities each to break the Tigers’ backs.
“We didn’t just climb over it, we burst through it,” Bland said. “You can’t ask for much more effort from the boys.”
“We were down five and came back to force the overtime,” Fenderson said. “Zach had two big free throws to put us in overtime. I just wish we had made free throws in overtime.”
The Tigers missed six of their seven chances in the extra period while Quapaw converted on six of seven trips to the stripe.
“We’ve got to decide to play four full quarters and stop pouting when things don’t go right,” Commerce coach Tom Fenderson said. “The first three quarters, we just went through the motions.”
“We had great composure all the way across and great leadership all the way across. There were little blunders, but those will still happen. The guys played a great game.”
Quapaw led only 6-5 after the first quarter and coasted into the half with a 14-9 spread.
Commerce held a 6-5 edge in the third period.
Rollet finished with a team-high 16 points for the Cats, getting six in overtime. He was joined in double figures by Greninger, who netted 10 points.
Barnes and T.J. Arnold had 16 and 11 points, respectively, for Commerce.
Afton hosts Quapaw tonight while Commerce travels to Afton on Saturday.
Quapaw 6 8 5 5 8 — 42
Commerce 5 4 6 19 3 — 37
Quapaw — Rollet 16, Greninger 10, Peheahsy 6, Redden 5, Morey 3, Bacon 2.