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Gilmanton outlasts Plum City in overtime

Mike Kernstock puts up a shot over Gilmanton's Brendan Bauer.

GILMANTON - Given the fact Plum City High School's boys 'basketball team had to fight its way back several times to just stay even with No. 1 seeded Gilmanton in Thursday's WIAA Division 4 regional semifinal, meant the No. 4 seeded Blue Devils were vulnerable to a quick counter-run.

Such a run happened in the overtime period between the two teams and it was enough to lift the Panthers to a 63-59 win which advanced them to the regional finals Saturday while the Blue Devils' season came to an end.

Plum City trailed 20-16 at halftime of a low-scoring first half. Gilmanton had the jump on the Blue Devils early in the second half with a 7-1 run powered by their leading scorer Brendan Bauer, who led all players with 25 points. The Panthers led 27-17 midway through the third quarter.

The Devils' Zach Gilles, who was saddled with foul trouble through much of the first half, revived Plum City with his second half scoring. He led a 16-5 run which put his team in front 33-32. But Gilmanton struck back with a 12-5 fourth quarter run of their own to go in front 44-38.

Plum City lacked the big point producer they've had for past few weeks of the season. Gilles led the team with 13 points, but Logan Radle was held to just 10 points.

Despite this, Plum City had enough left for a run that tied the score at 46-46. Ryan Flynn scored several baskets inside, part of a 10-point effort on his part, while Alex Gilles made a steal and lay-up that tied the game at 46-46.

The tie held up at the end of regulation at 48-48 and Plum City grabbed a 56-54 advantage after a basket by Alex Hartung. But the Panthers went on a 7-0 run sparked by a three-pointer from freshman Brady Serum and a steal, lay-up and old fashioned three-point play by Bauer. Plum City came within two again 61-59 after a three-point bank shot by Alex Gilles. Serum then made two free-throws on Gilmanton's next possession to complete the victory.

Gilmanton improves to 15-7 overall as they gear-up to face Spring Valley in the regional finals in Arcadia while Plum City's season ends at 12-10 overall.