Trojans force overtime, Mennemeyer’s shot nets win
Ryan Cockrell (above) sent the district game into overtime, helping the Troy Buchanan High Trojans in an 84-83 win over Wentzville Timberland.
Troy Buchanan High Trojans have experienced much adversity this season coping with injuries, the weather and not having won their share of close games. However, they put it together at the right time, rallying for an 84-83 overtime win against Wentzville Timberland. This was in the ‘play-in’ game in the Class 5 district tournament in Troy Tuesday night. The win improved Troy’s record to 6-17 for the season and Timberland ended with a 10-15 mark.
Making the victory much more special was the balanced scoring the Trojans exhibited. Four players were in double figures led by senior JD Powell with 19. Senior Tanner Ludwig followed with 18, junior Ryan Cockrell had 16 points and sophomore Adam Mennemeyer scored 12.
The Trojans trailed by six with under a minute remaining but Cockrell’s three-point field goal with two seconds remaining sent the game into overtime. In the extra session, Mennemeyer scored at the buzzer to win it.
“That was certainly one of the most exciting wins that I have experienced in my time at Troy,” said Troy Coach Ryan Meyers. “I was proud of the way the kids kept battling and never gave up. There were so many ups and downs during the game that you had the feeling that whichever team had the ball last was going to win. That’s exactly what happened when Adam hit the shot at the buzzer. Again I was proud of the way this team battled during the game. I think it would have been easy for them considering all the adversity we have been through this season to simply pack things then and stop fighting. But they showed heart and desire in finding a way to win.”
Neither team could pull ahead of the other during the game. Troy held a 31-26 lead at the half and they held a 55-47 lead after three periods. Timberland held the upperhand in the final period, taking and building a lead until the final exciting minutes in regulation time.
Adam Ingle led the Wolves with 22 points with three teammates also finishing in double figures.