The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Prep Hoops: Overtime Thriller

  • Sailer's heroics in second OT helps Carmi-White County cruise to six-point win over Eldorado
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  • The Eldorado Eagles erased a first half 15-point deficit and took Carmi-White County to the limit.
    In the end however, The Bulldogs pulled away, thanks in part to a 13-point effort from senior Chase Sailer in the second overtime, giving Carmi-White County an 80-74 victory.
    It was the first loss of the year for Eldorado head coach Joe Clark and company.
    "We got down 10-0 and then played the rest of the game even," Clark said. "We got a couple of steals and some momentum. I think Ethan Partridge stepped up big for us there down the stretch. We had some opportunities, but maybe because of my inexperience, we weren't as organized down the stretch as I would have liked for us to have been. That's on me as a coach and we'll get that fixed throughout the course of the year.
    "I'm so proud of my kids, what can you say. They never quit, they never gave up and just kept grinding. We were in it to win it and that's all you can really ask."
    Carmi-White County did start off with a 10-0 run and built a 18-6 lead after one quarter. The Bulldogs never looked back, leading 37-27 at the break and 55-43 after three periods of play.
    However, the tides started to turn for the Eagles in the fourth quarter. Clark and company forced eight turnovers in the game's final eight minutes and Ethan Partridge helped lead the charge when he threw down a monstrous dunk at the 4:05 mark to cut Carmi-White County's lead to 58-51.
    Eldorado wasn't done.
    Adam Partridge converted on an up-and-under with 3:25 to play and Tyler Deaton took a rebound coast-to-coast, finishing on the other end to cut the lead to three, 58-55.
    After a Richard Graceffa jumper made it a 58-57 ballgame with just 1:45 to play. Adam Partridge gave Eldorado its first lead of the game at 60-58 with the hoop and harm.
    Andy Vaughn connected on the other end for the Bulldogs to knot the game at 60 and force overtime.
    In the first extra session, Eldorado got a pair of free throws from Graceffa and a bucket from Adam Partridge, while CWC countered with a deuce from Brodie Brown and a bucket from Vaught.
    But it was all Chase Sailer in the final four minutes. The senior guard did it all with 13 of his team's 16 points, despite Eldorado knotting the game twice.
    "He's the leader," Clark said. "He's been there for a long time, he's been through the fire and I would trust him if he was on my team, I'll put it that way. He's a warrior."
    Deaton led all scorers with 23 points for the Eagles, while Graceffa tacked on 15 points. Adam Partridge scored 12 points, while Ethan Partridge netted nine points.
    Page 2 of 2 - Nathan Burnett added eight points for Eldorado (1-1), while Derek Mayberry tacked on three points. Dylan Lawrence and Ben Partridge each had two points.
    Andy Vaughn scored 20 points for CWC, while Sailer finished with 17 and Jordan Large scored 16.
    Eldorado returns to action Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. when they take on Harrisburg in the night cap of the Harrisburg Invitational.
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