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Boys basketball: Plum City falls in OT

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GILMANTON, Wis. -- Both Plum City and Gilmanton were exhausted near the end of Thursday's WIAA Division 4 Arcadia Regional semifinal.

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Given the fact Plum City had to fight its way back several times to just stay even with top-seeded Panthers, the fourth-seeded Blue Devils were vulnerable to a quick counterattack.

Such a run happened in overtime and it was enough to lift the Panthers to a 63-59 win.

Plum City trailed 20-16 at halftime. Gilmanton's lead expanded in the third quarter thanks largely to Brendan Bauer, who led all scorers with 25 points.

The Devils' Zach Gilles, who was saddled with foul trouble through much of the first half, revived Plum City with his second half scoring. He keyed a 16-5 run, which put his team in front 33-32. Gilmanton struck back with a 12-5 spurt in fourth quarter to regain the lead.

"Both teams had to battle fatigue," Plum City coach Wayne Radle said. "We were at more of a disadvantage because we had to come from behind and you expend more energy coming back. But that's the hole we put ourselves in."

Gilles led the Blue Devils with 13 points, but Logan Radle was held to just 10 points.

Plum City had enough left for a run that tied the score at 46-46. Ryan Flynn scored several baskets inside, part of a 10-point effort on his part, while Alex Gilles made a steal and lay-up that tied the game at 46-46.

"Ryan came off the bench and really sparked us with his play in the paint," coach Radle said. "Alex stared at the lion tonight and he showed absolutely no fear. He played like a pro despite the intense atmosphere of the game."

The tie held up at the end of regulation.

Plum City grabbed a 56-54 advantage in overtime, but the Panthers went on a 7-0 run to take command. Alex Gilles banked in a 3-pointer to pull with 61-59, but the visitors couldn't complete the comeback.

"In a game like this, it comes down to one team making their shots and one team missing them and that's what happened," coach Radle said. "That's why they won."

Gilmanton improves to 15-7 overall, while Plum City ends the season at 12-10.

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