DeBarr sparks Bobcats with buzzer beaters in win over Dundee

By DOUG DONNELLY

OTTAWA LAKE – Whiteford used a 25-point second quarter to surge ahead of Dundee and stayed there the rest of the game.

Dundee held early leads of 6-4, 13-7 and 15-8 after a coast-to-coast layup from Braiden Whittaker with 1:33 left in the first quarter.

Hunter DeBarr closed out the first quarter with offensive rebound put-back just before the buzzer to make it 17-12, then the Bobcats scored the first 14 points of the second quarter.

Josh Hill hit a jumper then followed it with a 3-pointer off an assist from Shea Ruddy. Liam Waterford scored two field goals during the run.

“Our defense fueled the run,” Whiteford coach Nick Abalos said. “We started to really put pressure on their guards which helped. Then we knocked down some shots.”

In the second half, Dundee mounted a comeback, highlighted by a breakaway dunk from Whittaker to pull within 32-27 with 51 seconds left in the third quarter but DeBarr hit a 3-pointer at the third quarter buzzer for a 37-27 Bobcat lead.

Whittaker scored nine points in the fourth quarter and Ryan Zanger and Drew Bolster each hit 3-pointers as the Vikings tried to comeback. The Bobcats hit seven of nine free throws in the fourth quarter to stay in front.

“Very proud of the guys,” Abalos said. “Everyone who got in scored.”

Evan Parker led Whiteford with 16 points while DeBarr added 15 and Josh Hill 12. It was Whiteford’s first home game of the 2022-23 season.

The Bobcats are 3-3.

Whittaker led Dundee with 26 points.

DUNDEE 17 10 9 21 – 57

WHITEFORD 12 25 11 17 – 65

Dundee: Atkinson 2(1) 0-0 5, Layton 4 0-0 8, Zanger 2(1) 0-0 5, Bolster 2(2) 0-0 5, Hatkow 2(1) 0-0 5, Whittaker 11 4-11 26, Daniel 1 0-0 2. Totals 24(5) 4-11 57.

Whiteford: S. Ruddy 0 2-4 2, Joerin 1 1-3 3, Hill 5(2) 0-0 12, DeBarr 5(1) 4-4 15, Rasor 2 2-2 6, Parker 5 6-9 16, Waterford 2 0-0 4, Stevens 1 0-0 2, R. Ruddy 1 0-0 2, Masserant 1 1-2 3. Totals 23(3) 16-22 65.

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