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01/06/2017 - BOYS BASKETBALL: Waverly Survives OT To Edge Norris

By Jeff Motz

FIRTH---Plenty of drama surrounded the rematch between the Waverly and Norris boys basketball teams Friday night, even taking overtime.

A key three-point basket, plus two free throws gave the Vikings a late lead and good defense to force a missed basket as time ran out for a 52-51 victory over the Class B tenth-ranked Titans at Norris Middle School, avenging a 41-36 setback last Friday that saw Norris win the Waverly Holiday Tournament title.

Waverly (3-5) got a three-point basket from Dillon Ruelas with 1:07 left in overtime, then Greyson Skrobecki nailed two free throws for a 52-48 lead.  

Norris senior guard Garrison Gustin converted on a three-point play with 7.6 second remaining to close the gap to 52-51.  After Waverly's Ben Carter missed the front end of a one-and-one, Norris got the ball back and called time out with 2.1 seconds left to set up a final shot.

Gustin got the ball off the inbound and his shot from six feet from the basket rolled off the rim and fell out as time expired.

Waverly, though, shot the ball and scored often in the first half, taking a 30-17 halftime lead.  Norris (6-4) sprinted back in the second half by outscoring the Vikings 27-14 through the last half of regulation.

Ruelas and 6-7 junior forward Tanner Wubbels each scored 12 points to lead Waverly, while Skorbecki added 11.

Gustin's 17 points for Norris led all scorers, 12 of which came from the free throw line, while Mike Wardy added 13 points for the Titans.
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