It was everything one has come to expect from Inman/Moundridge Tuesday night, as the Teutons overcame a 14-2 first quarter deficit to send the game into overtime.
Unfortunately for the Teutons, Hunter Enyart unloaded for nine points in the extra period to give the Wildcats a 47-39 win.
Moundridge looked to run away with the game early, as Inman scored only once about midway through the opening frame.
“I did not see that coming,” Inman coach Brett Froese said. “It took us a while to wake up tonight. We fought back; have to give them credit for that.”
Blayne Konrade and Justin Friesen both hit free throws to get the Inman comeback rolling, with Barkley Williams and Tyler Cottam combining for eight additional points to drag Inman (1-1) to within five at halftime, trailing 18-13.
Moundridge tried to put the game away again in the third, but it was Cottam and Williams, again, keeping the Teutons alive heading into the fourth quarter, down 31-24.
Williams finished the game with 12 points, while Cottam, who had only practiced three times since being cleared to practice following an injury, added 11.
Treyton DeVore sank a pair of timely free throws with 3:11 left in the fourth quarter that made it 36-33 Moundridge (2-0), with Garrett Higgins fouling out of the game for the Wildcats in the process. That led Wyatt Regher to hit a foul shot folowing a bucket to tie the game at 36-36, which remained the score for the remaining two minutes of regulation.
Froese believed the Teutons had the momentum going into the overtime period, but Enyart put the Wildcats on his shoulders from the start, hitting two buckets and five foul shots to give the Wildcats the 47-39 win.
“Hunter acted like he didn’t like to be on the bench,” Moundridge coach Vance Unrau said of the senior’s efforts in the extra period. “He stepped up for us.”
Enyart scored a game high 15 points. Kyle Huxman was the only other Moundridge player to hit double digits with 10.
The Moundridge defensive effort to lock down Inman senior Justin Friesen was also superb, as he was limited to only four points with Huxman handling most of the heavy lifting.
“[Friesen is] one of the most dangerous players in the league,” Unrau said. “Kyle just dogged him.”
The Moundridge Classic will continued Thursday, as Inman squares off with Hillsboro at 5:30 p.m., while Moundridge faces Lyons in the nightcap at 8:30 p.m.
The Trojans defeated Lyons 59-44 Tuesday in one of the early contests.