Blair Oaks outlasts Eugene in three overtimes

Logan Bax of Blair Oaks looks down the court as he tries to drive past Tyler Kempker of Eugene during Tuesday night’s game in Wardsville.

Logan Bax of Blair Oaks looks down the court as he tries to drive past Tyler Kempker of Eugene during Tuesday night’s game in Wardsville. Photo by Shaun Zimmerman.

WARDSVILLE, Mo. — Basketball coaches are always imploring their players to step up and “make a play.”

That was about the only thing happening Tuesday night at Blair Oaks High School.

The Blair Oaks Falcons and Eugene Eagles battled through three overtimes, with players making big shot after big shot, before the Falcons emerged with a 79-77 victory.

And the biggest play of them all came with :13 left in the third overtime, when Blair Oaks’ Logan Gratz tipped in a missed free throw with the game tied at 77 to provide the final margin.

“That’s one of the greatest high-school games that I’ve coached in,” veteran Eugene coach Craig Engelbrecht said. “Like I said (in the locker room), it hurts tonight, but ....

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