Three overtime technical fouls doom Pirates 76-66

The Drew Central Pirates State Tournament run came to an end on Wednesday after a disastrous overtime period helped the West Fork Tigers to the 76-66 victory.

The Pirates took the lead early, but West Fork kept it close throughout the first period, holding the lead on two occasions before Drew Central ended the period ahead by two points 16-14.

Drew Central maintained the lead the rest of the game, even pushing the lead to 10 points in the third quarter before West Fork cut the lead back to five by the end of the third.

Fouls started to take its toll on the Pirates in the fourth as they were called for fouls that gave the Tigers seven shots from the free throw line in the fourth quarter. The Tigers had only shot eight free throws in the three previous quarters combined. Connecting on 7 of 8 shots from the line, found themselves down only two with .8 seconds remaining and inbounding the ball under their goal. The Tigers found an open man under the basket for the easy lay in as time expired to tie the contest and send the game to overtime.

In the overtime period, West Fork scored four points from the field and was sent to the free throw line 26 times in the period connecting on 18 of those 26, in three instances personal fouls were called immediately following a technical foul against Drew Central. The Pirates only saw shots from the free throw line 16 times in five periods of play.

With the win, West Fork ends the 2012-13 basketball season for Drew Central who finished the year with a 22-10 overall record.

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