The Beavers faced a stern test from Pinconning last Thursday night and passed it when they came away with a 44-42 win in overtime. The Spartans got off to a fast start when they hit three straight three point buckets to start the game allowing them to jump out to an early 9-4 lead. Two free throws made it 11-4 before Beaverton got going and closed the gap to 11-9 after one.
Pinconning scored six of the first eight points in the second quarter to extend the lead to 17-11, but once again the Beavers came back. They scored eight straight points to end the quarter and take a 19-17 lead at halftime. Coming out of the break Logan Love scored six of the Beavers first eight points to help Beaverton get out to a 27-22 lead. Pinconning responded with 10 straight points to go up 32-27 heading into the fourth quarter.
Beaverton eventually tied the score midway through the fourth quarter on a three point shot by Colin Compton. A fast break bucket by Pinconning put the Spartans up by two points late before Love scored with 1:35 left to tie the game once again, 38-38. Neither team scored in what was left of regulation play sending the game into overtime.
The Beavers got on the board first on a shot by Compton after a good pass from Josh Clark. A free throw by George Killian put Beaverton up by three with under three minutes left in overtime. Compton hit back-to-back free throws to make it 43-38 before Pinconning answered with a three point bucket to cut the lead to 43-41. A Pinconning free throw then made it 43-42 with 10 seconds left. Clark’s free throw with 9.3 seconds left put Beaverton up by two. When Pinconning failed to score on their last possession the Beavers had a 44-42 win.
Compton led the Beavers with 12 points; Love had 10 and Clark nine. Pinconning’s Cole Rezler led all scorers with 22 points. With the win Beaverton improved to 3-3 overall, 2-2 in the Jack Pine Conference. Pinconning falls to 1-5. The Beavers traveled to Clare last night and will host Gladwin on Friday night as part of a varsity basketball double header. The girls play first at 6 p.m. followed by the boys at 7:30 p.m.
Ogemaw Heights outscored the Beavers 22-9 in the fourth quarter on January 4 to take a 51-42 decision over Beaverton. The score was tied 21-21 at halftime and the Beavers were up by five at the end of the third, before Ogemaw’s big fourth quarter rally gave them the game. Mitchell Hall led Beaverton with 14 points; Alex Pahl had nine and Josh Clark eight. Hudson Hodges led the Falcons with 28 points.