The Bluffton Pirates edged the Kenton Wildcats 54-47 in overtime Saturday in boys basketball action.
The Wildcats jumped out to an early 11-2 lead, but the pesky Pirates fought back, drawing to within 15-11 after one period. Kenton led 27-22 at halftime, but Bluffton scored the first six points of the second half to take the lead. The game was nip-and-tuck the rest of the way as neither team led by more than four points through the end of regulation.
The Pirates scored the first five points of the extra session and never trailed in overtime, leading by as many as eight points. The Cats pulled to within four points in the final minute but could get no closer as the Pirates made three free throws down the stretch to get the win and improve to 11-10 on the year.
Jaron Sharp had 11 points to lead Kenton.Thomas Phillips had 10 points and eight rebounds for the Wildcats while Tye Sherman and Trent Hites scored eight points each.
The Wildcats are now 12-9 and will wrap up their regular season on Friday when they travel to Celina for Western Buckeye League action with the Bulldogs. WKTN will carry that game live, with the pregame show starting around 7:15 p.m. from the Celina Fieldhouse.