GLENWOOD CITY, WI – The regular season came to an end for the Spring Valley boys’ basketball team, but the Cardinals finished with a dramatic win in double overtime and secured second place in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference.

The Cardinals had a match-up with a very emotional, senior-led Glenwood City squad that took them to overtime the first time they played, why wouldn’t the second game turn out the same way?

That is exactly the way it went, except it took two overtimes for the Cardinals to win this time, 55-50. If it was on ESPN it would have been an instant classic. These two teams just matched together really well for a good competitive game.

The Cardinals jumped out to a 25-15 halftime lead and built a margin of 16 points in the second half, making it 31-15 at one point. But a call here and there, a turnover occasionally, an errant pass. Glenwood got some momentum going and the Cardinals just seemed to shift into coast for a while. The Hilltoppers played with reckless abandon, just getting after every pass, rebound and loose ball, while the Cardinals seemingly played not to lose, and then too tight.

When Glenwood City sophomore Brandon Hallquist hit a jumper with just 13 seconds left to tie the game at 38 each, it seemed that the Toppers were going to come all the way back. Valley didn’t score in the final seconds to push the game to overtime.

The first session started where regulation left off, with the Toppers getting a three pointer from senior Dillon Hierlmeier to open the scoring.

The Cardinals responded with a two from senior Dylan Bosshart. After a bucket by Hadin DeSmith gave the Toppers a 43-40 lead again, Bosshart drained a three-pointer to tie it again. Glenwood’s third senior, Tanner Davis, hit a turnaround jumper in the key to put Glenwood up 45-43 again, but a pair of free throws by junior Aaron Borgerding tied the game at 45, where it stayed until the first overtime ran out.

Overtime number two was more about fouls than anything else. The Cardinals outscored Glenwood City, 10-5 in the final stretch with each of the 10 points coming at the free throw line as Glenwood had nothing to do but foul the Cardinals and hope.

Borgerding led the Cardinals with a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds in the game. Fellow junior Trevor Stangl put in 16 points, while Bosshart had 13 points. Valley shot just 33% from the field (15-of-46), including going 7-for-19  from three point range. The Cardinals did make 18-of-26 free throws (69%).

Hierlmeier and Hallquist led the Toppers with 16 and 13 points respectively. The Toppers shot 37% from the floor (20-of-54), including 5-of-20 from three point range. They also were 5-of-11 from the free throw line for the game (45%).

The win left the Cardinals with sole possession of second place in the conference with a 12-2 conference mark, 14-6 overall tally. The Cardinals hosted Cadott this past Tuesday in opening round action of the WIAA tournament. Results will be posted in next week’s Sun-Argus.