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Kendall cagers win in triple overtime

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 6 January 2016 at 12:00 am

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Nathan Warters had the game winning shot for Kendall in the third overtime period.

Gaining that elusive first league victory of the season, Kendall outlasted visiting Alexander 69-66 this evening in a triple overtime Genesee Region League thriller.

A three by freshman Nathan Warters with just three seconds remaining in the third overtime, which snapped a 66-66 tie, provided the margin of victory for Kendall which is now 1-5 in the league and 2-8 overall.

Senior Jacob Ramsdell, who had 6 points for the Eagles in the third overtime, had a huge night with 28 points, 20 rebounds, 7 blocks and 5 assists.

Warters finished with 14 points and fellow freshman John Rath 12 as junior Collin Lewis netted 11. Rath had 8, including two threes, in the third period to help keep the Eagles in the game.

Trailing 44-33 at the three-quarter mark, Kendall put together a 15-4 fourth quarter rally to knot the contest 48-48 and force overtime. Lewis had 8 points, including two threes, and Ramsdell 5 to lead that Eagles rally.

“Our pressure defense really keyed the comeback and the win for us,” said Kendall Coach Matt Zimmer.

Lewis had a three and Ramsdell two free throws in the first overtime which finished knotted at 53-53.

Warters then had a three in the second extra period which ended tied at 58-58.

The Eagles finally pulled away in the third overtime with an 11-8 scoring edge to claim the marathon win.

Matt Genaway had 20 points and 10 rebounds and Josh Bradley 11 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists for Alexander.