Osawatomie Dan Welch thought his Osawatomie High boys basketball team was about due for a win over Baldwin.
The Trojans, 0-2 against the Bulldogs before hosting the teams' third meeting Friday, hit 68 percent of their floor shots in the second half and 44 percent of their three-point attempts for the game.
With just over half of the fourth quarter remaining, they also held an 11-point lead.
It wasn't enough. Baldwin rallied from that late deficit, tied the score, 71-all, at the end of regulation, and went on to win, 80-76, in overtime.
"When you score 76 points, you should win," Welch said. "We didn't. We just can't win. I was kind of counting on it being it our time to win."
On Jan. 9, in the last meeting, Baldwin eked out a 57-55 victory in the fourth overtime.
"IN ALL honesty, I thought we played so well tonight, I wouldn't have been upset if we lost it in overtime," said Baldwin coach Bob Martin. "I was very pleased with our effort."
After a quarter, the Trojans led, 19-18. Twice in the second quarter, with 6:21 left and 5:22 remaining, Osawatomie led by five points. But a 12-3 Baldwin run at the end of the period gave the Bulldogs a 34-30 halftime lead.
Osawatomie responded with two quick baskets to open the third quarter to knot the score, and, by the end of that period, the Trojans led, 55-48. They stretched that lead to 66-55 with 4:32 to play.
"I thought we had everything under control 'till there was about five minutes left," Welch said. "They turned it up a notch and we made some turnovers. But give them credit. They really turned it up."
During the final few minutes, Baldwin forced four Trojan turnovers, hit seven of eight shots and outscored Osawatomie, 16-5, to tie the score at 71, forcing the OT.
"WE BATTLED on defense and we really worked the ball around on offense," said Baldwin's Brian Sheldon, who scored 22 points. "I didn't really mind it going into overtime. I kinda liked the idea."
"I thought it was to our benefit to go to overtime," echoed teammate Steve Zimmerman, who led Baldwin with 25 points. "Since we came back after being down 11 points, I thought we had the advantage."
Though Sheldon hit the first of two free throws for the first point in overtime, Osawatomie's Dennis Fenoughty responded with a basket with two minutes left to give the Trojans a 73-72 lead. Osawatomie would never lead again.
Zimmerman scored six of Baldwin's nine points in overtime. The Bulldogs hit their only floor shot a Zimmerman three-pointer and six of eight from the free throw line. Osawatomie hit two of three shots from the field, one of two threes.
"In that last game against Hayden (a 78-48 Baldwin loss), I had the worst performance of my life," Zimmerman said. "I was only one of 15. I tried to make up for it tonight."
Baldwin, now 13-7, will host Eudora Tuesday night in a first round sub-state game.
Brian Sheldon 10-17 2-3 22, Chris Turner 3-4 2-2 8, Brian Boyle 7-12 1-2 15, Chad Brecheisen 1-3 0-0 2, Steve Zimmerman 9-15 3-5 25, Allen Bradley 0-1 0-0 0, Kyle Trendel 2-5 2-2 8. Totals 32-58 10-14 80. OSAWATOMIE (76)
Chris Bailey 4-5 4-4 12, Derrick Shelby 10-19 1-3 27, Jeff Davidson 6-7 2-4 14, Dennis Fenoughty 6-11 0-0 12, Frank Hart 2-6 2-3 6, Sherman Ashmore 0-2 0-0 0, Richard Walters 2-3 0-0 5, Lance Harris 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 30-53 9-14 76. Baldwin
Three-point goals Baldwin 6-11 (Zimmerman 4-7, Trendel 2-3, Brecheisen 0-1), Osawatomie 7-16 (Shelby 6-11, Walters 1-1, Hart 0-2, Ashmore 0-1, Haris 0-1). Totals fouls Baldwin 13, Osawatomie 13.