OTTAWA LAKE — John Rice won a lot of Whiteford-Summerfield battles over the years, but few will be as memorable as the one Thursday night.
Summerfield built a 39-33 lead with 3:54 to play in the fourth quarter.
Whiteford’s Cameron Iott drained his first of two three-pointers with 2:07 left, bringing the Bobcats within 39-36. Jarrett Krzemenski made two free throws with 1:35 left to pull the Bobcats to within one at 39-38.
Krzemenski then batted down a Bulldog pass, which Thomas Eitniear scooped up and fed back to Krezemenski for a layup to give Whiteford the lead at 40-39 with 1:10 to go. The Bulldogs went back up, 41-40, on a Josh VanKainen layup with 1:01 to go before Iott drilled his second triple with 55 seconds left, giving Whiteford a 43-41 lead.
Levi Ladd’s two free throws with 36 seconds remaining for Summerfield forced overtime.
Iott, a sophomore, added another triple in OT, then Whiteford’s Jesse Kiefer made six OT free throws to give the Bobcats the 54-51 lead. Whiteford’s Antonio DiTerlizzi grabbed a steal in the dying seconds before the Bulldogs could get off a potential game-tying three-pointer.
Kiefer – who played all 36 minutes — finished with 14 points, Iott 12 and Thomas Eitniear 10 for Whiteford (3-2, 1-0). Jarrett Krzeminski had 8 points, including four in the fourth quarter as Whiteford fought from as many as six points down.
The Bobcats, who led at the half, scored just three third quarter points, but held Summerfield to only five in the quarter and took a 30-29 lead into the final eight minutes.
Summerfield got 16 from Josh VanKainen and 13 from Tyler VanKainen and moved to 1-3 (0-1 in TCC) on the season. Trent Schankin scored 6.
Rice was coaching in his first TCC game since 2003. It was his 16th straight TCC coaching victory.