Philip Scottie boys lose 56-58 battle in basketball season opener with Wall Eagles

Philip’s Rob Williamson goes head, shoulders and chest above the opposition in order to try this shot. Jordan Hauk helps by blocking out another Wall player. Photos by Del Bartels

The Philip Scotties boys' basketball team began their 2008-09 season with a home game against their rivals, the Wall Eagles.

The game was back and forth action. The score was often tied, though the end of the third quarter showed a 14 point spread. The Scotties sank the game's first basket, then dictated the pace for the first quarter, which ended with the low score of 9-6. A cautious, ball-controlling start continued, though loosened up a bit, through the second quarter. The Scotties ended the half with a 29-22 lead.

The third quarter's last four minutes went against Philip and the quarter ended 37-51. The Scotties rallied hard. With 50 seconds remaining, Philip's Brandon O'Dea made the tying score at 56-56. At 36 seconds, a free throw by Wall put the Eagles back into the lead. With 14 seconds on the clock, Wall sank another free throw to inch ahead to 56-58. The Scotties could not get off another shot before the clock ran out at 56-58.

Philip Scotties 9 29 37 56

Wall Eagles 6 22 51 58

Philip leading scorers: Brandon O'Dea - 18, Casey Cvach - 14, Rob Williamson and Caleb Clements - 8 each, Jordan Hauk and Jade Nelson - 4 each. Free throws: Williamson - 2 of 2, O'Dea - 1 of 3.

Philip leading assists: Hauk and Cvach - 3 each, Williamson, Clements and O'Dea - 2 each.

Philip leading steals: O'Dea - 5, Jeb Stewart - 3, Williamson, Hauk and Clements - 1 each.

Philip leading blocks: Hauk and Cvach - 2 each, O'Dea - 1.

Leading rebounders: Cvach - 12 (10 defensive - 2 offensive), Clements - 7 (3-4), O'Dea - 6 (4-2), Hauk - 5 (3-2), Nelson - 4 (1-3), Williamson - 3 (3-0), Stewart -2 (2-0). Turnovers: O'Dea - 9, Cvach - 4, Williamson - 3, Stewart, Nelson and Clements - 1 each.

The results and statistics of the junior varsity game were not available.

The next game for the Philip boys will be a home game at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 18, against the Stanley County Buffaloes. Philip will then host the Edgemont Moguls at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 20. On Monday, December 22, at 3:00 p.m., the Scotties will be in Kadoka to challenge the Kougars.