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Cedar Rapids Kennedy outlasts Washington in 2 OTs

Jackson Foley stands tall in extra time

Jackson Foley, pictured in a game earlier this season, scored 11 points after regulation to help Cedar Rapids Kennedy beat Cedar Rapids Washington. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)
Jackson Foley, pictured in a game earlier this season, scored 11 points after regulation to help Cedar Rapids Kennedy beat Cedar Rapids Washington. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Two ordinary teams played an extraordinary game. And in the end, the smallest guy on the court stood tallest.

Jackson Foley scored 10 of Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s 11 points in extra time, and the Cougars outlasted Cedar Rapids Washington, 66-64, in a double-overtime Mississippi Valley Conference boys’ basketball game Friday night at Washington High School.

“If you don’t enjoy that, you’re doing the wrong thing,” Kennedy Coach Jon McKowen said.

The Cougars (8-9 overall, 5-7 MVC) prevailed despite the buzzer-beating heroics of Washington’s Drew Christensen, who extended the game — twice — with 3-pointers, once at the end of regulation, then a 28-footer at the end of the first overtime.

But Foley, who is listed at 5-foot-8 (and that seems a stretch) had the final say. He hit two free throws with 27 seconds left in the second overtime to put the Cougars ahead for good. The Warriors (7-10, 3-9) missed a pair of shots on their final possession.

“We were in the bonus, so I wanted to play downhill and attack the basket,” Foley said. “I wanted to get to the free-throw line. Those should be easy points.”

Foley was 11 of 12 from the line, hitting all six in the extra sessions. He led the Cougars with 22 points. Jack Wetzel and Caleb Schlaak added 11 points apiece.

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Schlaak is a 14-year-old freshman playing his third varsity game, and he had some big defensive plays to go with his offensive production.

“The only way a freshman can be successful is if his teammates embrace him,” McKowen said. “They have to speak confidence into the kid.”

Mick McCurry paced the Warriors with 22 points and nine rebounds. Christensen added 12, and Ross Snitker scored 11.

“We’ve been in most of our games, but we’ve lost so many of these two-, three-, four-, five-point games,” Washington Coach Justin Decker said. “This would have been a good one to get.”

Neither team led by more than seven points. Kennedy held a 31-24 lead in the third quarter, then Washington scored the next nine points and it was back and forth the rest of the way.

Christensen tied it at 55-55 with 2 seconds left in regulation, then from well behind the arc to make it 63-63 at the end of the first overtime.

CEDAR RAPIDS KENNEDY 66, CEDAR RAPIDS WASHINGTON 64 (2 OT)

At C.R. Washington

C.R. KENNEDY (66): Jackson Foley 5-12 11-12 22, Grant Griffin 0-2 1-2 1, Trey Sheets 3-10 2-2 10, Jack Wetzel 4-13 2-2 11, Ethan Sailer 3-5 0-0 6, Benjamin Koester 0-1 0-0 0, Zachary Drahos 2-4 0-0 5, Caleb Schlaak 3-5 2-4 11, Noah Gloede 0-0 0-0 0, Cole Werling 0-0 0-0 0, Thomas Vanek 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-52 18-22 66.

C.R. WASHINGTON (64): Ross Snitker 3-5 5-6 11, Drew Christensen 4-11 0-0 12, Mick McCurry 9-22 0-0 22, Campbell Mitvalsky 3-8 1-2 7, Max Campbell 1-4 2-4 4, Nolan Potter 0-1 0-0 0, Chandlir Haug 0-2 0-0 0, Joe McKinstry 1-1 3-3 6, Collin Westmoreland 0-1 2-2 2, Jacob Bockenstedt 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-55 13-17 64.

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Halftime: Kennedy 24, Washington 23. End of regulation: 55-55. End of first overtime: 63-63. 3-point goals: Kennedy 8-21 (Foley 1-2, Griffin 0-1, Sheets 2-8, Wetze 1-3 Koester 0-1, Drahos 1-1, Schlaak 3-5), Washington 9-21 (Christensen 4-7, McCurry 4-12, McKinstry 1-1, Westmoreland 0-1). Team fouls: Kennedy 16, Washington 19. Fouled out: Christensen. Technical foul: Campbell (hanging on rim). Rebounds: Kennedy 32 (Wetzel, Schlaak 7), Washington 35 (McCurry 9). Assists: Kennedy 9 (Foley, Griffin 3), Washington 13 (Snitker 4). Steals: Kennedy 9 (Foley 3), Washington 6 (Snitker 3). Turnovers: Kennedy 13, Washington 16.

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