Basketball: Royal boys in OT again, lose to Big Lake 77-76

The Rogers Royals have been working a lot of overtime lately without as much to show for it as they’d like.

The Big Lake Hornets edged the Royals 77-76 in double OT on Friday evening in Big Lake, led by Tyler Otto with 20 points.

Rogers has played six overtimes in the past three games, all Mississippi 8 contests. They beat Zimmerman 70-64 in one OT, then lost to Buffalo 57-51 in three OT’s before falling to Big Lake.

Big Lake is 3-1 in conference and 7-4 overall. Rogers drops to 2-2 and 7-4.

Trevor Berkley pulled Rogers into a 61-61 tie at the buzzer in regulation with a tip-in basket.

The Royals had a 4-point lead in the first OT. Big Lake caught up, and Rogers had the ball last but couldn’t score.

In the second extra 4-minute session, Austin Poe hit a 3-pointer for Big Lake, and the Hornets led 77-73 after making two of four free shots. R.J. Dean sank a 3-pointer for Rogers at the buzzer.

Trevor Morlock netted 18 points, Rory Donovan 16, Austin Barbeln 12 and Dean 11 for Rogers.

The Royals will host Monticello on Tuesday evening.

Rogers scoring — Morlock 8, Bloom 5, Cleveland 2, Berkley 4, Barbeln 12, Donovan 16, Turnquist 6, Dean 11, Schreiber 2

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