EATON TWP. — There were two firsts on the final two possessions in the Vermilion-Midview boys basketball game Friday night at Midview. Kyle Nader’s came second, and that’s just fine by him.
Right after Vince Blevins hit a wide-open three to tie the game for Midview, Nader was in the right place at the right time. He secured an offensive rebound off a Cameron Kuhn miss, put it back up and celebrated as the lights came on after the Sailors nipped the Middies 52-50 in West Shore Conference play.
“Everybody wants Cameron to have the ball with 10 seconds left,” Nader said. “Coach has always been yelling at me to crash the boards, so I did my job. It got a nice roll right to me and I had to finish left-handed so the guy didn’t block me.”
Blevins was wide open because Midview’s sharpshooter — Garret Overy — found himself pressured. So instead of forcing the shot, he kicked it out on the wing to Blevins, who hit his only shot of the game.
Overy finished with 14 points and five rebounds. He was 2-of-8 from beyond the arc.
“Props to Vince,” Overy said. “He came into the game with a few seconds left and knocked down the shot, I couldn’t be more happy for him. I thought we had it in the bag.
“Came down, lucky rebound and he put it up. Props to Vermilion, though. They’re a great team. Can’t wait to play them at their place.”
Nader, however, was 0-for-6 until he hit his buzzer-beater. The Sailors (6-1, 4-1) put the ball in Kuhn’s hands — their go-to guard finished with 26 points, two rebounds and was 8 of 10 from the foul line. But his attempt to give Vermilion the lead rattled out of the hoop.
Forrest Boyd was also key for Vermilion. The senior returned to the starting lineup and proceeded to hit the first shot of the game, a three.
He also was instrumental during a key stretch that swung the game in the Sailors’ favor. He and Kuhn combined for 12 of Vermilion’s 17 third-quarter points.
Boyd had an emphatic putback, leaping up over a Midview defender to snag the inbounds pass and lofting a perfect jumper. He had four of his 12 points in the third quarter.
“I was pretty excited,” Boyd said. “It’s nice to get back into the rhythm of playing after tearing my ACL in July. It felt great to finally get back into the starting lineup. I felt like I could contribute to the team more, get back into my rhythm and back to how I used to play.”
Points were at a premium in the first half. Overy only had six points and didn’t convert any of his 3-point attempts. Kuhn was held to just five points until the final 1:20 of the second quarter, when he sparked the Sailors on a 5-0 run to end the half.
Kuhn did not attempt a free throw in the first half.
“I got on him a little bit at halftime,” Vermilion coach Kurt Habermehl said. “He wasn’t being aggressive enough. I thought he was shooting too many jumpers. Give him credit because he responded and that’s what great players do.”
Despite coming up short, Midview held a potent Vermilion team to just 18 points in the first half and seven in the first quarter.
“I was really pleased with our defensive effort overall tonight,” Midview coach Troy DiFranco said. “We gave up 86 last week, so to play a Vermilion team like this and especially in the first half hold them to 18, I thought it was a great effort on the defensive end.”
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Vermilion 52, Midview 50
VERMILION (52): Kyle Nader 1-0-2, Seth Konrad 1-0-3, Forrest Boyd 4-3-12, Cameron Kuhn 6-8-26, Aaron Dawson 1-1-3, Ross Lewis 1-0-3, Zach Myracle 0-0-0, Alex Nunn 0-0-0. Totals: 18-12-52.
MIDVIEW (50): Logan Bolin 4-4-12, Daimion Mahone 1-3-5, Jack Duffner 0-0-0, Garret Overy 5-2-14, Matt Randolph 4-0-9, Brett Zupancic 0-0-0, Jacob Wells 3-0-7, Vince Blevins 1-0-3, Ryan Miller 0-0-0. Totals: 18-9-50.
Vermilion 7 11 17 17 — 52
Midview 9 12 12 17 — 50
Three-point goals: Vermilion 4-14 (28 percent, Kuhn 2, Boyd, Lewis), Midview 5-16 (31 percent, Overy 2, Randolph, Blevins, Wells); Field goals: Vermilion 18-46 (39 percent), Midview 18-42 (42 percent); Free throws: Vermilion 12-20 (60 percent), Midview 9-14 (64 percent); Rebounds: Vermilion 21 (Nader 6), Midview 29 (Mahone 7); Total fouls: Vermilion 17, Midview 17; Fouled out: Konrad, Mahone; Turnovers: Vermilion 8, Midview 15.
Junior varsity: Midview, 49-46