The Minden Crimson Tide played tough against Northwood Tuesday night, battling all the way into double overtime before losing to the Falcons, 79-71.
"It was just another game that went the way our season has gone," Tide head coach Alan Shaw said. "We played really hard and I thought the kids performed well in a lot of areas. But once again, we had a chance to win the ball game at the end, but we went back to the mental mistakes we've made all season and it cost us the game."
It was the third district loss in overtime for the Tide, in addition to another one-point loss. Turn the outcome around in those games, and the Tide goes from 1-6 in district to 5-1 and is in second place.
The Tide jumped out 21-15 at the end of the first quarter, but Northwood bounced back in the second quarter (24-14) to take a 39-35 halftime lead. Minden took the third and fourth quarters by the identical scores of 16-14 to force overtime. Both teams scored two points in the first overtime, then Northwood out-scored Minden 10-2 in the second.
"In the second overtime, they made the plays and we didn't," Shaw said. "We had a two-point lead and the ball, then we turned the ball over, which led to them tying it up. Then we missed a shot, they converted and made their free throws down the stretch and that was it."
It was a frustrating night for the young Tide, but Shaw says not to blame it on the team's inexperience.
"Everyone wants to talk about our inexperience," he said. "But at this point we've played 25 games, so the inexperience factor goes out the window. We can't use that excuse. I've always said winners win and losers make excuses. So we're not making excuses."
Shaw said he saw a lot of good things, but there was still a number of things the Tide needs to improve on.
"We had four guys in double-digit points and we shot the ball better," he said. "We did a lot of good things. But we have to be able to make the plays at the end when we need them."
Dominique Walker led the team with 14 points and Tray Hawkins scored 13. Reggie Seamster and Cameron Elkins added 12 points each.
"One thing that hurt us was after Dominique scored 14 points in the first quarter, he went out with back spasms and couldn't return," Shaw said. "He was feeling it. But that's the way things have gone for us all year. We'll just go back to work and try to get better."