ELIDA ? Playing better is good. Playing better and having something to show for it is even better.
Bath continued a recent stretch of playing well when it took a 60-54 double-overtime boys basketball victory over Elida on Friday night.
In its last three games, Bath has won twice and taken Kenton down to the final minutes before losing.
?We?ve been playing better lately but we haven?t always gotten wins out of it,? Bath boys basketball coach Doug Davis said.
Zach Meeks scored 27 points and Brandon Mohr scored 12 for the Wildcats (6-8, 2-3 Western Buckeye League) in their second consecutive win. Matt McKinley had a game-high 11 rebounds. Bo Mathias led Elida (4-9, 1-4 WBL) with 21 points and Stephan Shurelds got 12 points.
Bath came back from an 11-point deficit late in the third quarter. Elida went up 33-22 after leading by only two points at halftime.
But the Wildcats were in no mood to give up.
?I was just telling my teammates to play hard and not to get down, that the game wasn?t over and we had a lot of time to play,? Meeks said. ?It was a low-scoring game that went back and forth. I knew if we kept playing hard and hit some big shots it would turn around.?
The biggest turnaround might have come in the way Bath rebounded late in the game.
?The first half and the start of the third quarter they were pretty much controlling the boards and getting loose balls,? Davis said.
Elida coach Denny Thompson noticed the difference too. ?I felt like we spectated on the boards defensively. I don?t know how many times they got loose balls and got offensive rebounds,? he said.
Elida still led 37-32 with 5:10 left in regulation, but Bath tied it 43-43 on a drive to the basket by Meeks with 14 seconds to play.
The Bulldogs grabbed the first lead in both overtimes but couldn?t hang on. With Elida leading 48-46 in the first overtime, Meeks scored on another drive to the basket, this one with five seconds on the clock, to tie it again.
In the second OT, Dre White?s hoop with 58 seconds to play gave Bath the lead for good at 54-52.
Elida struggled at the free throw line all night, hitting only 12 of 23, but it was especially costly in the first overtime when the Bulldogs were 5 of 11.
?The opportunity was there to just go to the free throw line and win it,? Thompson said. ?We?d be talking about feeling good about getting out of here with the win if we?d hit the free throws.?