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Last-second shot gives Green win

NEW BOSTON — You can use Pledge, Windex, Pine Sol or the Green Bobcats to clean your glass.

Green used a strong rebounding effort and a last-second shot by Matt Ratcliff to beat the New Boston Tigers 55-53 Friday in a Southern Ohio Conference game.

The Bobcats held a 41-25 rebounding advantage including 23-14 in the first half.

“We cleaned up the defensive boards pretty well. We talked about that being a key,” said Green coach Bobby Blanton.

Ratcliff scored 10 of his points in the first quarter as Green took an 18-13 lead. New Boston rallied to go up 29-27 at the half.

Trenton Otworth scored 8 points in the third quarter as the Bobcats tied the game at 38-38.

Stapleton and Ratcliff had 6 points each in the fourth quarter to key a comeback as Green fell behind 11 points with 2:48 to play.

Ratcliff rebounded a missed shot with eight seconds left and scored to put Green up 55-53.

New Boston turned the ball over with nine-tenths of a second left.

“It was a team effort,” said Blanton. “We went eight deep. That’s been our strength all season. Everyone who went into the game did something positive. We’re happy with that.”

Ratcliff had 21 points and Otworth 12 to lead Green, 2-2 overall but 2-0 in the SOC.

“We’re 2-0 in the league and we’re pretty excited about that,” said Blanton.

Green hosts Western on Jan. 5 on “Wear Green and White Night.”

Green 18 9 11 17 = 55

New Boston 13 16 9 15 = 53

GREEN (2-2, 2-0): Trenton Otworth 6 0 0-0 12, Tyler Hughes 1 0 1-2 3, Patrick Pierce 2 0 0-0 4, Matt Ratcliff 8 0 5-8 21, T.J. McCloud 1 0 1-3 3, Nate Pinkerton 2 0 0-1 2, Dustin Stapleton 3 0 2-4 8, Chad Lewis 0 0 0-0 0. Totals: 23 0 9-18 55. Fouls: 19. Fouled out: Pinkerton (4th). Rebounds: 41.

NEW BOSTON (2-3, 0-2): Shane Buckley 2 0 5-7 9, Tyler Messer 4 0 0-1 8, Steven Russell 3 0 0-0 6, Drew Delotell 0 2 1-2 7, Levi Horsley 7 0 1-2 15, Zach Wolfe 0 0 2-4 2, Nate Henson 3 0 0-0 6, Jay Mohr 0 0 0-0 0. Totals: 19 2 9-16 53. Fouls: 18. Fouled out: Henson. Rebounds: 25.