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Trojan boys nip JCC in thrilling rally

Worthington Trojans

JACKSON -- A wild finish, after a spirited comeback, led to a one-point victory for the Worthington High School boys basketball team Tuesday night against host Jackson County Central.

Worthington led by one point with about 10 seconds left when junior guard Terbuto Ochothow made two free throws. JCC in-bounded the ball to its floor leader, Rudy Voss, who was fouled with 1.9 seconds remaining. Going to the line for two free throws, Voss made the first. Worthington then called a time-out.

Upon Voss’s return to the line, said Trojans head coach Clint Meyer, it appeared that he tried to miss his second free throw to hope for an offensive rebound. But it hit off the backboard and rattled in. Worthington in-bounded the ball and ran out the clock.

“This is a great win for us,” said Meyer, “especially early in the year after everything has been kind of up and down for us. … The guys are really rallying around each other.”

Worthington, which hosts Marshall on Friday, is 4-2 on the season.

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Jackson County Central led the Trojans 18-2 in the first half.

“We were just able to keep chipping away at it. Danny Pavelko hit a 3 right before halftime to put us up by three,” Meyer said.

Pavelko scored 15 points for the Trojans. Ochothow finished with 22 points, eight rebounds and three assists. Brock Bruns had 11 points, and Will Brandner came off the bench for nine points and six rebounds.

The Trojans were 11-for-25 from 3-point range.

Voss led JCC with 35 points. Senior 6-4 center Andrew Hesebeck scored nine points, but he was held scoreless in the second half. Nathaniel Post scored eight points for the Huskies.

Worthington 37 74

Jackson County Central 34 73

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