Aberdeen rallied to force Thursday’s 2A District 4 play-in game into overtime, but a cold-shooting offense in extra time led to a season-ending 58-54 loss to Woodland at Sam Benn Gym in Aberdeen.
The Bobcats (8-13 overall) held a slim 23-22 lead at the half and, after trailing for much of the third quarter, cut the Beavers’ lead to 35-34 on a Gio Pisani 3-pointer with 4.9 seconds left in the frame.
But a foul on Pisani on a last-second shot attempt gave Woodland’s Isaiah Flanagan three free-throws with just over a second left in the quarter. Flanagan made all three shots as Woodland took a 38-34 lead into the fourth quarter.
After Woodland’s Isaac Hall scored to open the fourth, the Bobcats went on a 9-0 run to reclaim the lead. Wyatt Johnson scored to open the run followed by Jayden Watson, who scored in the paint and was fouled to cut the Beavers’ lead to 40-39.
After a Woodland turnover, Pisani hit a jump shot to give Aberdeen a 41-40 lead with just under six minutes left to play.
Ethan Morrill closed out the run, scoring on a drive and layup with 5:15 left to give the Bobcats a 43-40 lead.
But Woodland responded with a free throw and took the lead on a three from Flanagan.
Woodland didn’t stop there, extending to its biggest lead of the half on two free throws from Trey Hanson followed by a three from Cole Logan for a 49-43 lead with just 1:40 left.
Johnson responded with a drive and score to pull Aberdeen to within four and was followed by a Kayden Seibert 3-pointer that cut Woodland’s lead to one at 49-48 with 50 seconds left.
With just 17.3 seconds on the clock, Hanson was fouled and went to the line for a 1-and-1 free-throw opportunity. He hit the first but missed the second. Seibert collected the rebound and was fouled, going to the line with a chance to tie the game with a 1-and-1 of his own.
The Bobcats’ big man missed the first free-throw, but Johnson collected the long rebound and was fouled.
Johnson buried both free-throw attempts to tie the game at 50-50 with 14.4 seconds left.
A Woodland shot on the final possession was missed, sending the game into overtime.
But the momentum Aberdeen had seized in salvaging the tie was gone in the extra time. The Bobcats were playing catch-up after Woodland (8-11) scored the first six points of overtime as the Bobcats missed their first six shots from the floor.
With less than a minute to go, the Bobcats rallied when Johnson scored and was immediately followed by a Morrill steal and layup to cut the Beavers’ lead to 56-54 with 38.5 seconds left to play.
A Brady Burns free-throw gave Woodland a 57-54 lead with 26.6 seconds left, but Aberdeen again went cold from the floor, failing to hit a shot in the waning moments of overtime.
Woodland’s Blaine Hix hit a free-throw to make it a 58-54 game with 13.7 seconds left, and an Aberdeen turnover on the ensuing possession sealed the deal for the Beavers and ended Aberdeen’s season.
Watson lead the Bobcats with 15 points.
Johnson, who was named to the 2A Evergreen League Second Team on Thursday, scored 14 points with Seibert adding 10 for Aberdeen.
Woodland, which advances to the 2A District 4 Tournament with the victory, was led by Flanagan and Burns, who scored 16 and 14 points, respectively.