For much of the game, the Cyclones were playing catch up.
Clearwater-Orchard scored the first two points of their game against Niobrara/Verdigre when Chris Kester drove the lane for a lay in, however, they quickly lost the lead and were unable to get it back. That is, until Liam Odell hit a three from the corner with 3:27 to go in the game to give the Cyclones a 46-45 lead, all while getting fouled. They never trailed again, with two Blake Hoke free throws sealing a 57-53 victory for Clearwater-Orchard.
Odell's go-ahead three was the only one of the night for O-C, part of his nine points. Jacob Long led the Cyclones with 17 points while Ryan Wilhelm posted his second double-double of the year with 12 points and 13 rebounds.
Kester added nine points and dished out seven assists, Hoke had eight points and Kirby Willats accounted for two.
The girls game earlier in the night wasn't quite the nail biter, although it was a physical game, one which the Cyclones took 49-35. They jumped out to a 17-12 lead after the first quarter of play, never trailing the rest of the way for the win.
The physical game played right into the hands of tough Cyclones like Brooklynn Chipps and Grace Rittscher. The duo put up 16 and eight points, respectively. They also combined for 16 rebounds. Julia Thiele hit 4-of-7 shots for 10 points and Allison Kerkman put together a successful press to the tune of six steals.