EATON TOWNSHIP — For 31 minutes, neither Midview or North Ridgeville had the upper hand in a West Shore Conference showdown Friday night.
It took the final minute of play to decide the outcome, with the Middies’ Daimion Mahone stripping the ball from Ridgeville’s Dennis Millgard and driving for the game-winning hoop in a thrilling 53-49 victory for Midview.
Matt Randolph added two free throws to provide the final count as Midview improved to 2-1 overall, with a win in its WSC opener. It was also North Ridgeville’s first conference game, with the Rangers falling to 1-2.
Up to the final minute of action, neither team could pull away from the other, each responding to runs from the opponent. Midview held a seven-point lead with 3:33 left in the third quarter, only to have North Ridgeville come back and cut the deficit to 35-32 heading into the final quarter.
“It comes down to their players made plays at the end of the game and ours didn’t,” North Ridgeville coach Bryan Morgan said. “I thought coming into a game like this we would have a little more composure, but we turned the ball over way too much in the first half, which put us in a hole, and instead of increasing our lead, we allowed them to cut into it.”
“This was a great battle,” Midview coach Troy DiFranco said. “I thought both teams played extremely hard and we were fortunate enough to have a few more points than them in regulation.
“It’s hats off to both teams for playing extremely hard. We had a lot of different guys step up for us tonight. Login Bolin had a heck of a game, and Mahone stepped up defensively and turned the game for us with a heck of a steal.”
Midview had 28 turnovers to 24 for North Ridgeville, but the Middies got the most important one.
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Midview 53, North Ridgeville 49
MIDVIEW (53): Matt Randolph 6-2-13, Logan Bolin 7-2-18, Daimion Mahone 4-0-10, Grant Overy 1-2-4, Jack Duffner 0-2-2,Jacob Wells 2-1-6. Totals 20-8-53.
NORTH RIDGEVILLE (41): Dennis Millgard 8-3-21, Nolan Freeman 2-1-5, Clark 1-0-3, Tyler Rowe 1-0-2, Tyler Arnold 1-2-5, Chad Kisel 2-0-6, Demario McCall 1-3-5, Montgomery 0-2-2. Totals 16-11-49.
Midview 9 12 14 18 — 53
North Ridgeville 12 6 14 17 — 49
Three-point goals: Midview 5 (Bolin 2, Randolph, Wells, Mahone); North Ridgeville 6 (Kisel 2, Millgard 2, Arnold, Clark. Field goals: Midview 20-38 (53 percent), North Ridgeville 16-43 (37 percent). Free throws: Midview 8-14 (57 percent), North Ridgeville 11-17 (65 percent). Rebounds: North Ridgeville 13 (Freeman 5), Midview 17 ( Duffner 5). Turnovers: North Ridgeville 24, Midview 28. Total Fouls: North Ridgeville 14, Midview 18.