April 18, 2014

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Boys basketball: Middies somehow force overtime, win over Keystone

EATON TWP. — It might have taken Midview the better part of four quarters to get its act together, but after suffering through a four-game losing streak the outcome was well worth the wait for the Middies.

Behind a game-high 22-point performance from senior Wes Davic, the Middies caught fire in the final 1:40 of regulation and pitched a shutout in overtime to post a 49-44 win over Keystone in non-conference play Tuesday.

Midview improved to 6-7, while the Wildcats dropped their third straight to fall to 4-9.

“You have to credit Keystone,” Midview coach Troy DiFranco said. “They came out ready to play … and we weren’t.
We played real lethargic, weren’t moving the ball, weren’t sharing the ball, weren’t playing really good defense. We weren’t doing anything well.

“The coaching staff challenged them at halftime and said this could go one of two ways. I’m glad it turned out the way it did. It’s nice to get back on the winning side, for sure.”

Prior to the last two minutes of play in the fourth quarter, the game belonged to Keystone. The Wildcats held a double-digit lead for most of the first three quarters, and even after the Middies’ quick start to the fourth when Davic and junior Grant Overy each nailed a 3-point shot to cut the margin to 32-31, Keystone responded with a 10-4 run to hold a 42-35 lead with under two minutes to play.

Wildcats junior Matt Bastock seemed to have stemmed the tide when he knocked down a 3-pointer of his own to give Keystone the seven-point cushion. But Davic quickly regained the momentum for the Middies on their next possession, drilling a three from the top of the key to spark his team on a 9-0 spurt for a 44-42 advantage.

Keystone scored its final two points of the night when senior Adam Hopkins worked inside for a basket with six seconds remaining. His shot sent the game to overtime, but the Wildcats didn’t score again.

“I was happy with the way we played, until there was 1:40 left on the clock,” Keystone coach Jeff Holzhauer said. “We’re up seven and just hit a three. Then we give up a three on something that we spent the last two days in practice working on not allowing. We gave Wes (Davic) way too much room at the top of the key. And that’s something that we have struggled with, little mental breakdowns. And those add up.”

Midview junior Dylan Eason scored the only basket of the overtime at the 1:20 mark, to go along with a pair of free throws from Davic and one from sophomore Matt Randolph to close out the scoring.

“I’m really proud of how our guys have played in the past three games, but we’ve lost all three,” Holzhauer said. “We’ve been in their (Midview’s) position, where you’re behind and have nothing to lose, so you just fly around the floor trying to make things happen. This is our second overtime loss in the last three games, so you can see we’re just not very good at closing out games. In the end, we have to focus on the little things to win, and we’re not doing that right now.”

Overy, who left the game in the third quarter with an injury, finished with 11 points including three 3-pointers. Tops for Keystone were sophomore C.J. Conrad with nine, while Bastock, Collin Fitzgerald and senior Chase Robison chipped in with eight each.

Midview 49, Keystone 44

KEYSTONE (44): CJ Conrad 4-1-9, Collin Fitzgerald 3-0-8, Austin Conrad 0-0-0, Matt Bastock 3-0-8, Chase Robison 3-2-8, Brandon Kuhl 1-2-4, Adam Hopkins 2-3-7. Totals 16-8-44.

MIDVIEW (49): Wes Davic6-8-22, Devin Dombrowski0-2-2, Steven Gott0-2-2, Dylan Eason 2-0-4, Grant Overy4-0-11, Tyler Pasenow1-0-3, Jack Duffner 1-0-2, Matt Randolph 0-1-1, Jacon Wells 1-0-2. Totals 15-13-49.

Keystone 13 8 11 12 0 — 44

Midview 4 8 13 19 5 — 49

Three-point goals: Midview 6-17 (Overy 3, Davic 2, Pasenow), Keystone 4-11 (Fitzgerald 2, Bastock 2); Field goals: Midview 15-48 (31 percent), Keystone 16-43 (37 percent); Free throws: Midview 13-16 (81 percent), Keystone 8-14 (57 percent); Rebounds: Midview 29, Keystone 32; Turnovers: Midview 16, Keystone 20. Junior varsity: Midview, 42-35.

Contact John McDermott at 329-7135 or ctsports@chroniclet.com.