Cate beats Carpinteria in wild overtime finish

After an odd sequence of events, the Cate School boys basketball team defeated Carpinteria 48-47 in overtime.

The Warriors led for nearly the entire game and were up by double-digits multiple times. The Rams hung around and were able to close the lead by fighting for offensive rebounds and capitalizing off of turnovers. Cate limited the Warriors to three points of offense in the fourth quarter.

Carpinteria had the ball with the shot clock turned off and a one-point lead at the end of the overtime period, but took an off-balanced shot to give the ball back to Cate.

The Rams scored, leaving only two seconds on the clock for the Warriors to regain their lead. It was not enough time, and Cate, the home team, was victorious.

“They came out and hit us in the mouth, metaphorically, and came back,” Carpinteria head coach Johnny Ward said. “They deserve all the credit in the world for beating us.”

Max Wankner topped all scorers with 19 points. Wankner and Spencer Shapiro scored all of Cate’s nine points in overtime to help seal the victory. Shapiro totaled 13 points for the game.

Andrew Sova led the Warriors with nine points points which all came in the first half. Once Sova got into foul trouble, Xavier De Alba stepped in and player well on defense.

Jordan Robinson also had a fine defensive performance for Carpinteria and had seven steals in the first half.

The Warriors (0-2) will start play in the Fillmore Tournament against Santa Ynez on Thursday.