Kopplin opened the fourth quarter with a 3-point play to tie it at 47, and Taylor gave South its first lead of the game with a score in the paint. The Shiners, though, had an answer to reclaim the lead.
Facing deficits in the final minutes of the fourth, South senior Andrew Wullenweber and Taylor came up with the plays to keep their team in it.
Another factor that allowed South to force overtime was Rising Sun’s futility at the foul line, as the Shiners shot 1-for-6 in the fourth quarter.
Once again, Studler made a play that equalized the contest. His tip-in with 1:49 left in the fourth tied it at 58-all.
South came up with a defensive rebound in the closing seconds, but Rising Sun regained possession on a jump ball that led to the end of regulation.
The final tie of the game took place with 3:24 left. A Kopplin free throw made it 59-all. South turned it over on its next possession, but recovered when Kopplin sank yet another triple with 2:13 left. It signaled the Cougars’ final lead of the game.
Sporleder responded with a basket, and Rising Sun scored again to go back up for good.
The Shiners overcame their failure at the charity stripe, shooting 7-for-8 in overtime, and outscored South 11-7 in the extra session.
Studler followed Kopplin with 14 points, a career high, including nine in the second half. Johannigman followed with eight, while Devin Taylor scored seven. Adding four apiece were Wullenweber and junior Nick Schwering. Junior Jordan Ortman chipped in two.
Oldenburg Academy (12-9) topped Jac-Cen-Del (9-11) 61-56 in the bottom bracket to set up tonight’s championship matchup against Rising Sun.
Contact Nick Gonnella at (812) 663-3111, x7003.