LAGRANGE — Midview’s Jack Duffner had the biggest rebound of the season against Keystone on Tuesday night.
Tied at 40, Duffner went high in the air to snatch a rebound and promptly scored on a game-winning putback, as the Middies survived a wild one, defeating the Wildcats 44-41 in non-conference action.
“We’re told to always crash the boards,” Duffner said. “So I came in and grabbed the ball, and I tipped it. I think a couple people tipped it too, but it ended up dropping in. I couldn’t be happier.”
Midview’s Matt Randolph made two free throws to go up three with 23 seconds left to play, giving Keystone a chance to tie the game. However, Matt Bastock and Collin Fitzgerald both missed 3-point attempts before CJ Conrad grabbed the rebound and hoisted a desperation shot that also missed, sending the Middies to the win.
“The kick to Matt was open and he made a nice shot, it just didn’t go in,” Keystone coach Jeff Holzhauer said. “We had another shot at it. We had our two best 3-point shooters get chances. They both had looks. That’s what you draw up and you hope it works out to give you a chance.”
Midview (7-5) led most of the game until the third quarter when the Wildcats (7-5) went on a 6-0 run fueled by a basket by Jacob Miller and back-to-back field goals by Matt Bastock to give Keystone its first lead since early in the first.
The Middies answered back with a Damion Mahone putback, followed by back-to-back 3-pointers by Randolph to give Midview a five-point lead.
“On both of those, I came off a screen and got wide open,” Randolph said. “Logan (Bolin) got me one and Damion (Mahone) got me the other. They were wide open jumpers. I just had to knock ’em down for ’em.
“It was crazy. It was loud in here, but we grew up tonight as a team. This boosts our confidence a lot. It was a good road win for us.”
The game featured seven lead changes and Keystone grabbed a 38-37 advantage when CJ Conrad had a putback off his brother Austin’s miss. After Bolin answered the basket, CJ scored again on a wild play to put the Wildcats up 40-39 with about four minutes to play.
“This is how it usually is when we play Midview,” Holzhauer said. “Last year over at their place, we were up seven with 1:40 to go and they came back and beat us. They’re a great opponent. They work hard and it’s fun for the kids.”
Midview was led by Bolin, who scored a game-high 11 points, including a 3-pointer in the first quarter that gave the Middies their first lead of the game. Randolph was the only other Middies player to score in double figures with 10. Mahone chipped in with seven points and six rebounds, while Duffner had six points and seven rebounds.
“It was a great high school basketball with two rivals duking it out,” Midview coach Troy DiFranco said. “We always talk about being physical and not backing off. We play better when we play physical. We had a lot of guys contribute tonight, which is nice.”
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Midview 44, Keystone 41
MIDVIEW (44): Matt Randolph 3-2-10, Vince Blevins 2-1-5, Logan Bolin 5-0-11, Damion Mahone 3-1-7, Jack Duffner 3-0-6, Kyle Warner 1-0-2, Jacob Wells 0-0-0, Grant Overy 1-1-3, Brett Zupancic 0-0-0. Totals 18-5-44.
KEYSTONE (41): CJ Conrad 3-0-6, Austin Conrad 2-3-8, KJ Williams 3-1-7, Matt Bastock 3-0-6, Jacob Miller 3-4-10, Collin Fitzgerald 0-2-2, Marcus Gunter 0-0-0, Ronnie Shaw 0-0-0, Brandon Kuhl 1-0-2. Totals 15-10-41.
Midview 12 13 12 7 — 44
Keystone 10 12 14 5 — 41
Three-point goals: Midview (Randolph 2, Bolin); Keystone (A. Conrad). Field goals: Midview 18-52 (35 percent); Keystone 15-41 (37 percent); Free throws: Midview 5-7 (71 percent); Keystone 10-13 (77 percent); Rebounds: Midview 32; Keystone 28; Turnovers: Midview 12, Keystone 16.
Junior varsity: Keystone, 34-31