Cats get big OT win on the road in dramatic style
Cambridge Cats travelled up to Northampton on Sunday evening to face Northants Tauras in what proved to be an exciting and dramatic affair with the Big Cats needing overtime to seal the victory. Having looked like the victory was going to slip away at the end of regulation, It took a heroic effort from Cats leading scorer Sam Richardson who had 30pts on the night, including a huge 3 point shot to tie the game at 87-87 and take it into overtime.
The Big Cats started the game in confident fashion and controlled the first quarter behind some strong outside shooting from C. Rauh and B. Beddow, and solid inside play from H. Veysey and P. Costa. The Cats led 21 – 17 at the end of the 1st quarter. In the second the game continued in the same pattern with Cats seemingly in control but without being able to shake the resilient Lithuanian team who kept themselves in the game with some strong outside shooting. The Cats looked like they were heading into the break with a slender lead but a strong finish to the quarter from Northants so the game tied 42-42 at the half.
In the second half the Tauras team seem to continue the momentum taking control of the game and pushing out to small lead. As both teams headed into the final stages of the game it looked like the Cats were going to let the game slip through their fingers. In the last minute Tauras seem to have a commanding 6 point lead but a big 3 pointer from B. Beddow, who had 23pts on the night, narrowed the gap to 3 points. After some key missed free throws from Tauras player coach P. Charlwood was able to call a timeout with 19 seconds remaining with the big Cats down by 3 points. The pressure on, Coach Charlwood was able to draw up a play which was executed to perfection leaving S. Richardson wide open on the wing to hit the big three that tied up the game and took the game into overtime.
Tauras were clearly deflated by not being able to clinch the game in regulation and in contrast the Cats were now jubilant and full of energy. After a tight start to the OT period there was really only ever going to be one winner in overtime as the Big Cats clinched the game with a huge two handed slam from R. Abrook putting the nail in the coffin with the final score 104-96.
Top 3 scorers:
- Richardson – 30pts
- Beddow – 23pts
- Veysey – 12pts