Basketball: Connor Rumpf's buzzer-beating three-pointer sends the game to extra session
by: DAN BROOD, IT’S MINE — Sherwood’s Kole Kreiger (right) keeps the ball away from a Silverton player in the Bowmen’s win.

SHERWOOD - There was nothing to it.

At least Connor Rumpf made it seem that way.

Rumpf, a senior on the Sherwood boys basketball team, sank a buzzer beating, fallaway three-pointer from the corner with Silverton's Casey DePaolo in his face to send the game to overtime.

In the extra session the Bowmen pulled away to score a 62-57 victory in the non-league contest played Dec. 19 at Sherwood High School.

'I had confidence that it would go in,' Rumpf said of his long-range basket at the end of the fourth quarter. 'It looked good the whole way.'

With the win, Sherwood improved to 4-3.

'The good thing is that we keep improving,' Sherwood coach Brian Burke said. 'There's a lot of things we can fix, but they're coming together.'

Last week's game turned out to be a back-and-forth contest where each team rallied from a double-digit deficit to take a lead.

'It was definitely a game of hot and cold,' Rumpf said. 'And we got hot at the end.'

Silverton, however, was hot at the beginning. The Silver Foxes jumped out to a 13-6 lead at the end of the first quarter and they pushed their advantage to 16-6 when senior Luke Huebach sank a three-pointer to start the second quarter.

But the Bowmen, behind the play of seniors Ian Donovan and Kole Krieger, came back strong. Donovan sank a pair of three-pointers and scored on a spinning drive to trim the lead to 18-14. Krieger then scored six straight points to give Sherwood a 20-18 lead with 3 minutes and 25 seconds left in the first half.

Sherwood, with Donovan making three three-pointers and scoring 13 points in the quarter, went on to claim a 28-23 halftime lead.

The Bowmen kept up their hot play to start the third quarter. Rumpf, Donovan and senior post Elliot Loucks started the period with consecutive three-pointers to give Sherwood a 37-23 lead.

Silverton came back to cut the margin to 40-33 going into the fourth quarter.

The Bowmen led 47-40 after senior Travis Lutes scored on a baseline drive with 5:16 left to play in the fourth. But Silverton answered with six straight points to cut the lead to one, at 47-46, with 2:37 remaining in regulation play.

The Silver Foxes, with senior Israel Sanchez connecting on a three-pointer and with DePaolo sinking a pair of free throws, claimed a 51-48 lead with 23 seconds left in the fourth.

That set up Rumpf's three-pointer, which came with just one second remaining.

'Connor hit a tough shot,' Burke said.

Silverton took a 54-51 lead early in overtime on a three-pointer by DePaolo. But the rest of the extra session belonged to Sherwood. Lutes scored three straight points and Rumpf hit a short-range banker to give Sherwood a 56-54 lead with 2:22 remaining.

Donovan went 4-for-4 from the foul line and Lutes added a pair of free throws, all in the final 1:26, as Sherwood closed out the 62-57 overtime victory.

'Our defense finally got some stops and that opened things for our offense,' Rumpf said. 'We feel like we're on a roll now. Our hard work is paying off.'

Donovan led all scorers in the contest with 22 points. Rumpf scored 17 points, sinking five three-point baskets. Krieger and Lutes each added eight points for the Bowmen.

Sherwood, as a team, made 19 of 35 shots from the field in the win, with 10 of those baskets being from three-point range.

DePaolo led Silverton with 15 points.

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