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Boys basketball: Trojans extend Cards, lose in OT

FAIRMONT —Worthington fell in a heartbreaker to begin its boys basketball season Tuesday night.

The Trojans dropped a game in overtime at Fairmont. The Cardinals won on their home floor 76-72.

Both teams played even in the first half. Trojans guard Spencer Grafing finished with several key buckets on the night, one of which handed the Trojans a manageable 28-25 hole to dig out of 30 seconds before halftime.

Grafing scored 23 points for the Trojans. Carter Lindner added 13 and junior Will Mulder scored 12.

A bucket from Lindner with 11.2 seconds left in regulation knotted the game at 67-all. He did it again at the end of regulation to send the game to overtime.

WHS climbed back from a 9-point second half deficit.

At the game’s end, the Trojans made plays to stay in the game but Fairmont’s Mitch Pfingsten scored 38 points and simply wouldn’t be denied. Worthington also coughed up 20 turnovers in the loss.

After the game, first-year Worthington coach Jared Keaveny reported his admiration for the team’s never-quit attitude throughout the game.

“I was happy to see that when we were down by nine points, we didn’t quit,” Keaveny said. “We need to find a way even when our backs aren’t against the wall.”

Worthington 25 69 3 — 72

Fairmont 28 69 7 — 76