Dora wins overtime thriller with Elida

PNT staff

Elida hit a 3-point buzzer-beater to send the game to overtime. Dora pulled the same trick to win the game in the extra period.

Second-seeded Dora survived against fifth-seeded Elida 60-57 Tuesday in the first round of the District 3-1A tournament.

In the final 10 seconds of overtime, Dora’s Tyler Wilhoit drove inside then kicked out to junior Casey O’Connor who sank a game winning 3-pointer as time expired.

Wilhoit led the Coyotes (18-9) with 17 points followed by O’Connor with 10.

At the end of regulation, Dora had a three point lead and seemingly sealed a win when Elida’s Tom Sullivan had his 3-point attempt blocked. However, Sullivan recovered the ball and dished to freshman Ryan Best who nailed a 3-ball as the buzzer sounded.

“I thought we lost,” Elida coach Darrell Chenault said about the block.

Sullivan paced the Tigers (10-13) with 20 points and Wesley Gilmore added 14.

This was the second time this year Dora topped the Tigers in overtime.

“They were almost identical games,” Dora coach Ty Thatcher said. “It’s interesting when you play the same teams two or three times the same year. It’s tough to play them that third time.”

Thatcher said the teams are extremely well matched.

“The key was to put yourself in a spot to either make a shot and win, or go to another overtime.” he said.

Chenault said his team was much better than their record suggested.

“The record doesn’t show that 10 of those losses were by six points or less,” he said. “And we only lost by double digits once, and that was by 12.”