By John Faucher
BONDUEL – As fans and players left the field house at Bonduel Tuesday, March 1, one had to ask themselves if that was actually real?
It was a game of a lifetime, one where every second mattered. Something you don’t forget easily no matter how old or young you are.
The Division 3 match-up between the Bonduel Bears and Clintonville Truckers had an old time feel in a modern day setting.
The atmosphere was electric and the game was on fire, midway through the second half.
Clintonville held on to a healthy lead with 10 minutes to go in the final half.
Bonduel rallied to within two points, 49-47, with five minutes to go.
Then the Bears raided the Truckers camp to take the lead 50-48 with 3:35 to go.
Bonduel looked like they were going to maintain control until Tyler Petermann scored a game tying basket with 1:01 to go.
Clintonville was not ready to quit
“It was both exciting and stressful,” said Clintonville head coach Shawn Howe.
“We had some opportunities to pull ahead in regulation but just didn’t finish,” he said. I thought the guys showed some resilience when times were not going our way.”
Bonduel won possession in the first four minute overtime.
The Bears led 52-50 with 3:10 to go.
The Truckers tied it up at 52-52 fifteen seconds later, and then pulled ahead by three with 1:52 to go.
Bonduel wrestled back to tie up the OT score 55-55 with 48 seconds left on the clock. Each team then scored another basket and the game was tied at 57-57 with 10 seconds remaining.
A conservative inbound play by Clintonville assured the team’s chance to finish the first OT in a tie.
Four more minutes were added to the clock, and both benches were feverishly drafting plans to finish the stalemate drawn into double overtime.
Clintonville delivered the first blow on a sailing Damon Lorge three-pointer with 2:21 to go, then struck again with a basket at 1:21 to put the score at 62-60 Truckers.
A Petermann free throw at 1:02 built the final score of 63-60 as the Truckers held on for the victory.
“After giving up our lead, we could have easily folded but we didn’t. The guys were not ready to end their season,” said Howe. “We had a great crowd and there was a lot of energy. It was a really fun environment.”
Clintonville travels to Peshtigo (17-1) on Friday, March 4 for a 7 p.m. game.
Tyler Petermann 20, Damon Lorge 17, Nathan Krueger 13, Sam Wittman 9, Noah Hartleben 2, and Jordan Koeppen 2.