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Prep boys’ basketball: Sky View gets big plays to beat Murray 51-45 in overtime

First Published Jan 19 2012 12:03 am • Last Updated Jan 19 2012 12:03 am

Smithfield • When you consider the amount of athleticism between two teams like the Murray Spartans and the Sky View Bobcats, it’s only fitting that their endowment-game matchup came down to a few crowd-pleasing plays.

With the help of some solid defense, the Bobcats got the big plays they needed down the stretch, edging the Spartans 51-45 in overtime Wednesday night at Bobcat Gymnasium.

At a glance

Sky View 50, Murray 45 (OT)

Murray 12 11 12 7 3 — 45

Sky View 14 7 13 8 9 — 51

Murray (6-6): Orhan Agovic 6 0-1 15, Nathan Aland 5 0-0 10, Dylan Ross 3 0-0 9, Nick Rush 2 2-4 7, Jackson Winget 0 2-2 2, Riley Meyer 1 0-0 2, Justin Adams 0 0-0 0, Mitch Dial 0 0-0 0. Totals: 17 4-7 45.

Sky View (10-2): Casey Oliverson 9 0-2 18, Jalen Moore 7 1-2 16, Riley Knowles 2 6-8 11, Ty Nielsen 1 4-4 6, Mike Berentzen 0 0-0 0, Jon Dumetz 0 0-0 0, Hayden Downs 0 0-0 0, Braden Hellstern 0 0-0 0, Jason Oliverson 0 0-0 0, Dallen Godfrey 0 0-0 0. Totals: 19 11-16 51.

3-Point Goals—Murray 7 (Agovic 3,Ross 3, Rush 1); Sky View 2 (Knowles 1, Moore 1). Rebounds—Murray 22 (Agovic 5, Ross 5, Aland 5); Sky View 27 (Oliverson 12). Assists—Murray 12 (Meyer 4); Sky View 3 (Knowles 1, Moore 1, Oliverson 1). Steals—Murray 8 (Agovic 2, Adams 2, Meyer 2); Sky View (Berentzen 2, Moore 2, Oliverson 2).Blocks—Murray 6 (Aland 4); Sky View 0. Turnovers—Murray 20; Sky View 13.

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Sky View (10-2) had three players in double figures, with post players Casey Oliverson (18 points, 12 rebounds) and Jalen Moore (16 points) delivering when it counted against a big and talented Spartans squad. Guard Riley Knowles added 11 points.

"They were pretty big, but I thought we matched up pretty good," Oliverson said. " … The big plays came from hustle. During halftime, coach kinda got on us because we were trotting back, not hustling."

Dunks were plentiful for the Bobcats, with Oliverson and Moore throwing down several times, including Oliverson’s follow on a missed layup by Knowles that put the Bobcats up 42-40 and brought the crowd to its feet with three minutes to go in the fourth.

Moore was the go-to guy in the second half for Sky View, scoring 12 of his 16 points after the break, including a jumper with 4:29 to go in regulation that tied it up at 40.

"We had to be aggressive on offense and step up on ‘D,’ " Moore said of his team’s effort. " … I was just out there playing my game, and my teammates were getting me open."

The game was tight throughout, with Murray holding a slim lead for the better part of regulation. However, down the stretch the Spartans seemed to wilt under Sky View’s defensive pressure, committing 20 turnovers to Sky View’s 13. And when the Spartans missed, the Bobcats kept the defensive boards clean, grabbing 19 of their 27 rebounds on the defensive end.

"This was an exciting game to come out and play," Murray coach Jason Workman said. "We came up short a few times. I thought we let the pressure get to us a little bit. We were more sloppy than they were, and that made the difference."

The Bobcats had a chance to prevent overtime, but Moore’s last-second attempt didn’t fall. In overtime, however, Sky View held strong, forcing Murray to foul. Sky View was 11-of-16 at the line on the night.

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"It was good to see us gut one out," Sky View coach Kirk Hillyard said. "That was our first overtime game on the year. It’s good to have one of those to get us prepared for region or state."

Murray (6-6) was led by athletic guard/forward Orhan Agovic, who had 15 points, five boards and three assists. Joining him in double figures for the Spartans was post player Nathan Aland, who had 10.

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