Another ranked team fell to Pacific basketball Tuesday.
The Indians (20-4) won in overtime, 52-46, on the road at Rolla (21-3), the No. 5 ranked team in Class 4 going into the game.
Pacific edged the Bulldogs in the first quarter, 10-9.
“The goal going in was we wanted to slow it down and play at a slower pace and the kids really did a good job of that,” Head Coach John VanLeer said.
The Indians maintained that goal in the second period, holding Rolla to just five more points and leading 20-14 at the half.
Rolla came back to even things up at 24-all at the end of the third quarter.
“We got the lead back and held it for a while, got up five or six and then they went on a bit of a run and took the lead away from us,” VanLeer said.
Pacific got the ball, trailing by two, with 11.9 seconds remaining and made the most of the possession as Matt Strong tied the score at 41-41 in the final seconds, sending the game into overtime.
“He was going to pass it in to Cam(eron VanLeer), but they had him pretty well guarded and so Matt took the shot and put it in the bottom of the net,” Coach VanLeer said.
In the extra period, Pacific got a 45-43 advantage in the final minute and then outscored Rolla 11-3 the rest of the way.
“Jordan Cowsert just took over in overtime,” Coach VanLeer said.
Cowsert outscored Rolla by himself in the extra period, putting through eight of his 11 points on the night in the fifth quarter. He netted a three-point basket and drew two trips to the foul line, once getting an and-one foul call on a two-point basket. Cowsert made all three free throws he attempted in the overtime period.
Coach VanLeer said his defense had another game to be proud of as Ryan Sauvage and Cameron VanLeer took a combined three charges against a key opponent.
“We took three charges on their best player and fouled him out,” Coach VanLeer said. “Just super, super defense. I don’t think anybody held Rolla under 50 points all season and we played them to overtime and held them to 46.”
Glendale and Ozark are the only other two teams to defeat Rolla this season. Neither of those teams achieved the feat in Rolla’s own gym.
Pacific previously knocked off Nevada, at the time the No. 8 ranked team in the state in Class 4, in January for the championship at the Kansas Army National Guard Invitational Tournament.
Cameron VanLeer was the top scorer for the Indians Tuesday with 21 points. He completed a double-double in the contest by also pulling down 11 rebounds. He added two assists and one steal.
Cowsert was second on the squad with his 11 points with two rebounds.
Trey Boyer added nine points with six steals, five assists,two rebounds and one assist.
Strong finished with five points, one rebound, one assist and one steal.
Sauvage netted four points with three rebounds, two steals and an assist..
Don’TA Harris chipped in two points.
Mason Fleming recorded one steal.
After a first round bye in the Class 4 District 6 Tournament at Union, Pacific has the No. 1 seed and plays Saturday’s winner of No. 4 Sullivan and No. 5 Parkway West Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.