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By Mike Motz
Sports Writer 

Leyton's Warriors Win In Double-OT

Avenge Loss Against Bayard


February 16, 2022

Earlier in the season at the MAC Tournament, Leyton matched up against Bayard in the semi-final round of the tournament, and jumped out to a big lead against the Tigers. However, the Warriors could not hold on, and Bayard stormed back to take a seven point victory and move on to the finals against Potter-Dix.

Last Tuesday, Leyton again opened hot, taking a quick 8-to-2 lead in a defense-heavy first quarter. However, Bayard battled back quickly and turned the tables on Leyton, ending the first quarter with a run to make it 13-to-9 in favor of the Tigers. The teams traded the lead through the second quarter, but the Warriors ended the period and went into the half up 28-to-26. The teams again battled through a close third quarter, with Leyton leading 42-to-41 as they went into the final frame.

After trading three point hits to start the quarter, Bayard took a one point lead at 49-to-48, and then the teams traded scores and the lead. With less than a minute to go, the Warriors led 57-to-55, but in the final seconds Bayard's Trent Marquez hit two free throws to tie the game. A last-second three point shot from bounced off the rim, and the teams headed to overtime. Leyton built a lead in the overtime period. At 63-to-59 Bayard's Trystan Muhr was fouled, but was unable to continue due to injury. Bayard freshman Connor Cochran, usually a Junior Varsity player, entered the game and hit one of the free throws to make it a one score game at 63-to-60. With time winding down, Bayard senior Ben Sauer was able to sink a three point shot before the buzzer went off, and tied the game at 63-to-63. The teams braced for another overtime period.

After Bayard took a lead early, Leyton fired back with baskets by Justin Ernest and Dillon Juelfs to re-take the lead. Leyton kept up the pressure and hit free throws down the stretch to down the Tigers by a final of 75-to-70. Juelfs had nine points in overtime and led all scorers with 25 points in the victory.

On Thursday, the Warriors looked to continue their momentum, but were unable to get their offense going. The Warriors had no trouble defeating Garden County earlier in the season, but in this game the Eagles played sharp and used their defense to frustrate the Warriors. After going down 13-to-9 at the end of the first period, the Warriors simply could not get any offensive rhythm going, scoring only five points in the second quarter. At the half it was 23-to-14, and Leyton needed a jolt to get going. However, Garden County again played great defense and limited to the Warriors to just seven points in the third while scoring 15. The Warriors finally were able to generate some offense in the fourth period, but it was too little and too late, and the Garden County squad came away with the 50-to-37. The Warriors finish the regular season with a 16-and-4 mark, and enters Subdistrict play next week.


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