Boys basketball: Wildcats topple Lions in OT
The Bethel High boys basketball team netted the lone basket of overtime, beating Foran High, 56-53, on Saturday afternoon at Fraser Gymnasium in a non-league matchup.
The game featured 16 lead changes, the final one coming with 2:59 left in overtime, when Bethel's Michael Hogan sank a free throw. Senior center Dakota Nyborg's layup with 1:53 left provided the final margin, as the Lions failed to score a point in the extra session.
A Hogan lay-in, off of an assist from Tyler Zegray, tied the game with 11 seconds left in regulation. Foran sharpshooter Matt Krempa then missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to end regulation. He later missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer as time expired in OT.
Krempa led Foran, which fell to 4-5, with 19 points, while Zach Tavitian added 14.
Hogan notched a game-high 21 markers for Bethel, which upped its record 7-1 overall. Nyborg scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half and overtime.
Foran led by six points with 1:03 left to play in the fourth quarter, but failed to close out the Wildcats, who won their sixth game in a row following a lopsided loss to Danbury High back on Dec. 21.
Twice the Lions had chances to extend their lead from the foul line in the closing minute and twice they made just one-of-two. Both times, the Wildcats responded with layups to send the game into overtime.
Foran hosts Branford High (3-5) on Tuesday at 7 p.m.