After an 18-point upset loss at Winfield this week, the Logan High School basketball team’s task got even tougher on Friday night at Wheeling Park.
The Patriots are a top 10 team in the state in Class AAA and have lost only twice this season.
It was also a four-hour trek for the Wildcats.
Many didn’t expect Logan to give the Patriots much of a game.
The Wildcats, however, proved everyone wrong.
The end result, however, was still the same as Logan lost a 49-47 double overtime thriller at Wheeling Park to fall to 5-6 on the season. Wheeling Park, playing without top scorer Elijah Bell, improved to 7-2.
Wheeling Park won it in the second overtime as 6-foot-6 senior forward Phil Bledsoe netted a step-back 15-footer at the buzzer, breaking a 47-all tie and lifting the Patriots to a dramatic victory.
Logan, which forged a 43-43 tie after the first overtime and a 41-41 tie at the end of regulation, went up 45-43 in the second OT with Jamal Minter’s inside basket.
Wheeling Park then took the lead at 46-45 with a free throw by James Coles and a 12-footer by Rhett Schodzinski.
Logan’s Braxton Goff later tied it at 47 after netting a pair of free throws with 41.4 ticks left.
Then it was Bledsoe who came up with the game winner.
Bledsoe, a Marshall University recruit, finished with 21 points. Trey Saunders and Schodzinski tossed in 10 points each. Coles had seven and Nathan Phillips one point.
Logan was led by junior guard Kyle Porter, who drained six three-pointers and finished the game with 21 points, tying game-high honors with Bledsoe. Ben Kazee had eight points, while Goff had six, Khalil Murphy five, Minter four and Will Akers three.
The Wildcats jumped out to a 9-4 lead after one quarter and led 18-15 at the half in a low-scoring start to the game.
Logan maintained the lead at 33-29 after three but the Patriots were able to rally in the final eight minutes.
Porter had given Logan a 39-29 lead after netting back-to-back 3-pointers.
The Patriots then went on a 10-1 run to pull to within 40-39 after Schodzinski’s 3.
Saunders then tied it at 41 with a pair of made free throws.
Logan had a chance to win it but Porter’s 3 with four seconds left rimmed out.
In the first OT, Wheeling Park took a 43-41 lead — its first lead of the night — before Minter tied it with a putback at the two minute mark.
Porter’s missed shot in the final seconds put the game into a second OT.
Logan was scheduled to complete its northern road trip with Saturday’s game at Brooke. The Cats host Johnson Central (Ky.) on Thursday night and Westside on Saturday.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).