Bears Win Shenandoah Tournament Championship Game

Baldez scored 20 points in the Shenandoah Tournament championship game
Baldez scored 20 points in the Shenandoah Tournament championship game

WINCHESTER, Va.— Coast Guard men's basketball won the Shenandoah Tournament in 95-86 overtime victory over Eastern University (PA) in the championship game on Saturday night. Coast Guard improves to 9-1 while Eastern drops to 7-4.

Junior Packy Witkowski sent the game into overtime by sinking a three-pointer with two seconds remaining in regulation to tie it, 81-81.

Witkowski and classmate Noah Baldez led the Bears with 20 points each. Witkowski went 7-23 from the field, 3-9 from behind the arc, and led the team with 12 boards. Baldez was 9-16 from the field and 2-4 from the free-throw line. Freshman Tyler Perez was second on the team in rebounds with 10 while junior Justin Kane had seven rebounds and added 15 points for the Bears.

Eastern was led by Michaiah Fraction with 26 points on the night. Michael Bowlers added 16 points and Darius Washington chipped in with 14 points.

The Eagles had a lead early on in the first half. Justin Frazer made back-to-back layups at the eight minute mark to bring the Bears within five, trailing 21-16. Witkowski sunk a three at 6:39 to tie it 23-23 in the midst of a Coast Guard 11-2 run. Eastern held a 39-35 advantage heading into the halftime break.

Kane made a layup to bring the Bears within two but Eastern quickly countered with seven points. After a 13 point deficit, the Bears surged in the final minutes to eventually tie the game with two seconds remaining from a Witkowski three-pointer to send them into overtime.

Coast Guard outscored Eastern, 14-5 in overtime to earn the 95-86 victory in the Shenandoah Tournament Championship game.

Coast Guard will return home to open up New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 PM.

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