SIDNEY — The Sidney Yellow Jackets had a nightmarish end to the opening quarter, and even though they regrouped and rallied to send the game to overtime, they came up short in an 80-73 loss to visiting Springfield in Greater Western Ohio Conference crossover action at the high school.
The loss leaves the Yellow Jackets at 11-5 on the year heading into a double weekend, at Vandalia on Friday and home to St. Marys on Saturday.
Springfield is now 12-4 on the season.
Sidney led 12-4 in the early going, only to have the Wildcats go on a 17-2 run to end the first quarter for a 21-14 lead. That forced the Yellow Jackets to play from behind the rest of the night, and they couldn’t quite get it done.
The Jackets were able to cut the lead down substantially on several occasions, but the Wildcats always had an answer.
In the final period, Springfield led the entire way, but when Darryl McNeal hit a pair of free throws with :56 left, the Jackets were within one.
After a Springfield free throw made it a two-point game, Cameron Gallimore hit a shot with under 10 seconds left to knot the score and send it to the extra session.
In the overtime, the Jackets put the Wildcats on the line way too much and it cost them. Springfield hit 9 for 10 from the line in the extra period, and only had one field goal in overtime in outscoring the Jackets 11-4.
Sidney had five players in double figures, led by freshman Andre Gordon with 17. He got the Jackets to the overtime by hitting 12 of his 17 in the fourth quarter, but he was shut out in overtime.
Gallimore added 13 for Sidney, Lorenzo Taborn 11 and Isaiah Bowser and Devon Rogers 10 apiece.
Springfield’s Danny Davis had 33 and was 12 for 14 from the line.
Sidney had nine three-pointers, but the Jackets hurt themselves with just 10 for 19 from the foul line.
“We came out on fire,” said Sidney coach Andy Slaughter. “I think we hit our first four or five shots, and they only hit about one out of five. But then we cooled off and they did a good job of getting back in it. And it kinda went back and forth.
“I thought our kids did a good job of coming back in the second half,” he added. “But it was the same thing we talk about all the time. We’re a free throw away from winning some of these games. We have to make free throws and we have to finish better.
“But Springfield is a great team, one of the best in the Dayton area,” he went on. “We gave them everything they could handle and it’s nothing for our guys to hang their heads over.”
Springfield (80) — McKay 14, Underwood 3, Davis 33, Taylor 8, Johnson 9, Ward 1, Harper 12.
Sidney (73) — Bowser 10, McNeal 6, Gallimore 13, Taborn 11, An. Gordon 17. Al. Gordon 6, Rogers 10.
Score by quarters:
S’field—21 41 55 69 80
Sidney—14 29 49 69 73
Three-pointers: Sidney 9 (Gallimore 3, An. Gordon 3, Bowser 2, Taborn); Springfield 9 (Davis 3, McKay 3, Underwood, Taylor, Johnson).
Records: Sidney 11-5, Springfield 12-4.
Reserve score: Springfield 54, Sidney 42.
Freshman score: Sidney 50, Springfield 42.