Alex Peacock scored 13 points in the fourth quarter and overtime to lead Normal Community to a 65-62 win at Decatur MacArthur. (Photo by Brian Brakebill/You Name It Sports)
By Nick McClintock
DECATUR- The Decatur Macarthur Generals led nearly wire to wire, however a furious comeback and extra quarter gave the Normal Community Ironmen a 65-62 Big 12 win in boys basketball.
Both squads played a very clean first quarter, with nothing spectacular happening and the Generals squeaking out with a 14-12 advantage. That lead ballooned in the first half of the second quarter, with the Ironmen falling by nearly double digits. Normal recovered towards the end of the half with some much needed baskets by Trevor Seibring. When all was settled, Decatur went into the locker room with a five point, 32-27 advantage.
The second half went much like the first, as the Generals held on to the lead throughout the third period and much of the fourth.
Around the five-minute mark in the final period the momentum began to shift toward the Ironmen, as they eventually tied up the game several times down the stretch. Each time the Ironmen tied the matchup, the Generals seemed to pull ahead, however one final push by NCHS tied up the game at the end of regulation, forcing overtime.
The extra period turned out to be just what the Ironmen needed, as they propelled themselves to a three point advantage that they would not relinquish.
The victory is the 17th straight for the Ironmen (21-6), who were led by Callen Boodie with 19 points. Alex Peacock scored 15 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter and overtime.