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Latham carries Boscobel past IowaGrant in OT
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IowaGrant senior Trent Milliken scores over Lancasters Sam Friederick during last Tuesdays loss to the Arrows. Milliken finished with eight points, five rebounds and four blocks.

     The lanky junior poured in a career-high 31 points, including four in overtime, and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead his Boscobel Bulldogs to a 54–51 win over host Iowa–Grant.

     Latham missed five of Boscobel’s first six games while recovering from mononucleosis, but looked to be full strength on Friday night at IGHS.

     Latham scored 24 points through the first 31 minutes, but Iowa–Grant still held a 49–46 lead in the final minute.

     The I–G defense forced a missed jump shot, but Latham grabbed the offensive rebound and was fouled on the putback attempt. He made the free throw to complete the three-point play and tied the game at 49–49 with just seconds to play.

     Iowa–Grant had one final shot to win in regulation but Latham blocked Collin Price’s driving layup attempt at the buzzer.

     Senior Trent Milliken scored the first basket of overtime to give the Panthers a 51–49 lead, but that was I–G’s final points of the game.

     Boscobel went back to  Latham in the post and the junior responded with back-to-back baskets to give the Bulldogs a two-point lead.

     After a Panther miss, Tommy Monroe made 1 of 2 from the free throw line to provide the final margin of victory, and Price’s potential game-tying 3-point attempt in the final seconds of OT didn’t go down.

     Junior Isaac Anderson scored a team-high 14 points to go along with five rebounds, four steals and three assists.

     Senior Brayden Johnson scored 10 points and grabbed two rebounds. Price finished with eight points and two rebounds, while Milliken chipped in five points, four steals and four blocks.

     Seth Thomas scored six points and junior Sawyer Stuckey passed out a team-high five assists.

     Boscobel improved to 5–5 overall and 2–2 in the SWAL under first-year head coach Levi Esters.

     Meanwhile, Toby Tripalin’s Panthers fell to 3–6 overall and 1–3 in league play.

     The Panthers will return to action Thursday at home against Cuba City (6–1, 3–1 SWAL) before traveling to Southwestern (4–6, 2–2) on Tuesday.

     Last Tuesday night, Lancaster handed the Panthers a 45–37 non-conference loss.

     Lancaster senior Sam Friederick scored a game-high 20 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead the Arrows to victory.

     “The story of the game was they played with much more energy than we did,” said Tripalin. “ They had 14 offensive rebounds compared to 4 for us.  They played solid defense and we couldn’t do anything we Frederick on the post which really killed us.”

Lancaster 45, Iowa–Grant 37
(from Tuesday, Jan. 6 @ Livingston)
Lancaster      14    11    14     8    —  45
Iowa–Grant    3    14      6    12    —  37
Lancaster (4–5) — Brett Snider 2, Tyler Glass 4, Nathan Tranel 5, Nathan Farrey 5, Sam Friederick 20, Jayson Jones 11. Totals — 14 18-22 45.
Iowa–Grant (3–5) — Brayden Johnson 9, Isaac Anderson 4, Caleb Hill 5, Trent Milliken 8, Collin Price 9. Totals — 14 5-10 45.
3-point goals — L: 1 (Farrey 1); IG: 2 (Johnson 1, Hill 1). Team fouls — L: 10, IG: 14. Fouled out — none.

Boscobel 54, Iowa–Grant 51, OT
(from Friday, Jan. 9 @ Boscobel)
Iowa–Grant   17    10    11    11    2    —  51
Boscobel         9    14     9     17    5    —  54
Iowa–Grant (3–6, 1–3) — Brayden Johnson 10, Isaac Anderson 14, Caleb Hill 2, Trent Milliken 5, Collin Price 8, Sawyer Stuckey 2, Brent Coppernoll 4, Seth Thomas 6. Totals — 22 6-12 51.
Boscobel (5–5, 2–2) — Lathan 31, Cashman 2, Monroe 8, Kauffman 4, Marks 5, Davidson 4. Totals — 22 8-15 54.
3-point goals — IG: 1 (Johnson 1); B: 2 (Monroe 1, Marks 1). Team fouls — IG: 20, B: 15. Fouled out — IG: Stuckey; B: Latham.