Henry Williams Double Mountain Chronicle Rotan
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
February 19, the Rotan Yellowhammers entered their Bi-District playoff game against the Benjamin Mustangs at Haskell Gymnasium. Two minutes and eight seconds into the game, the Hammers jumped out to a 4-0 lead with 5:52 remaining in the opening period. The Mustangs took advantage of Rotan’s missed opportunities and nailed a key shot to close the gap by one (Rotan 4 and Benjamin 3) with 5:08 left in the opening period. The Hammers regained a four point lead with 4:19 on the clock; the Mustangs responded with a 4-0 run to tie the game at seven points for each team with 3:36 remaining in the opening period. Moments later, Warren nailed a jump shot with 2:41 to give the Hammers a four point led: Rotan 11 and Benjamin 7; Benjamin closed the gap by one point with 2:35 remaining; Jeffrey grabbed an offensive rebound and make a two point bank shot, to increase the Hammers lead by three..13-10 with 2:11 left on the clock in this same period. Benjamin respond with a two point shot to pull within one point (12-13). Bell made a nice jump shot with 1:39 on the clock; Warren made 1 out of two of his foul shots to give the Hammers a four point lead (16-12) with 1:15 left in the opening period. At the end of the opening period, we had a tie game with each team having sixteen points each. One minute and one second into the second period, the Hammers trailed for the first time in this game (16-18). Coach Gesling called time-out with 6:48 left in the second period and the Hammers were trailing 16-20; afterwards, Flores grabbed an offensive rebound and put up a shot for two points (18-20). With 2:26 remaining in the second period, the game was slipping away as the Hammers trailed 18-30. At the end of this period the score was Rotan 22 and Benjamin 36. At the end of the game, the team missed some opportunities from the foul line, making 8 out of 19 foul shots for 42%. The final score was 49-64 as the Hammers were defeated in the Bi-District championship by the Mustangs of Benjamin. (Senior) Matt Pillians led his team with 15 PTS,10 REBS, 1 AST, 1 STL; Bell-12 PTS, 8 REBS, 1 AST, 1 STL; Flores-3 PTS,3 ASTS, 2 STLS, 1 REB; Warren-10 PTS, 3 REBS, 1 AST; Jeffrey-6 PTS, 6 REBS, 1 STL; Daniel-3 PTS, 1 REB, 1 STL; Krebsbach-1 REB.