The Fort Loramie Redskins scored a big win over their arch rival the Russia Raiders on Tuesday night in double overtime. Fort Loramie got off to a quick start thanks to a big first quarter from Senior Eli Rosengarten as he had 10 points including two three pointers and the Redskins led 17-11 after one. The Redskins would continue to hold a lead in the second quarter, but multiple turnovers allowed Russia to stay close and tie the game at 21, but the Redskins closed the half on a small 4-2 run to take the 25-23 lead into halftime. In the third quarter it looked like Russia would finally take command as they dominated Fort Loramie 9-3 and took a 32-28 lead heading to the final quarter. Fort Loramie would not go away quietly, as Rosengarten and Brandewie connected on three pointers to tie the game. Russia had multiple looks down in the final seconds, but none of them would go down and we headed to overtime.
In the first overtime, Russia won the tip and quickly got a bucket by Will Sherman, after a Fort Loramie miss, Mason Dapore connected for a three pointer on the left wing and just a minute in Russia led by 5. Again, Fort Loramie would show no quit and once again battled back. Eli Rosengarten hit two free throws to cut the lead to 3. Fort Loramie would get a stop, and Grant Albers knocked down a elbow jump shot to cut it to 1. After Russia split a pair of free throws Nick Brandewie hit a 7 foot jump shot to tie it at 42. After both teams traded turnovers in the final 8 seconds the game headed to a second overtime. In the second overtime the Redskins and Raiders traded blows. Both teams taking the lead only to see the other team answer. Eli Rosengarten hit a pair of free throws to push the Redskins on top 55-53, but Russia’s Daniel Kearns hit a left handed hook shot to regain to tie the game with 28 seconds left. That set up the dramatics, Fort Loramie’s Nolan Berning would hit a wide open Eli Rosengarten on the right wing and Rosengarten drilled the three to put the Redskins up 3. Russia would turn it over on the inbounds and Nick Brandewie connected on two free throws. Russia’s Ethan Monnier drilled a half courter at the buzzer to make the final 60-58.