EATON TWP. — Bay did a lot of things right, but Midview did the right things when it counted the most.
After a Grant Overy 3-pointer at the buzzer sent the game to overtime, Jack Duffner sparked a Middies run to start the second overtime as Midview held off the Rockets 91-88 in double overtime.
The game was a barn-burner for most of the night. There were 16 lead changes and 12. Bay’s biggest lead was 63-57 with 2:23 left in the fourth quarter. The Middies’ largest lead came early in the fourth quarter when Daimion Mahone’s only basket of the game gave them a 55-47 lead at the 7:00 mark of the fourth quarter.
Bay (7-9, 4-6 West Shore Conference) opened the first overtime with a 5-1 run before Midview (9-7, 5-5) reeled them in with 54 seconds left in the period.
Both teams shot well, Bay from the line, where it hit 28 of 29 free throws, and the Middies from the field, where they connected on 35 of 63 shots.
Bay appeared to have the game in hand late in regulation. With .09 showing on the clock, Overy grabbed the inbounds pass and, as he was falling out of bounds deep in the right corner, got a shot off that hit nothing but net to tie the game at 79.
“We didn’t have a timeout so I had to call out the play,” Midview coach Troy DiFranco said. “It was a read and react play and they did a great job. The kids made the play.”
The teams each scored eight points in the first overtime, then Midview opened the second on an 8-2 run that seemed to have Bay buried.
The Rockets, however, charged back with 6-0 run to draw even at 87.
With 30 seconds left, Jacob Wells scored two of his game-high 23 points. The Middies then got the stop they needed when a John Koz jumper rimmed out.
Duffner scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds while Overy added 18 for the Middies. Logan Bolin had 17 points and 10 rebounds.
“Everyone did a great job of feeding the post,” Duffner said. “We knew we were going to be able to go there. In the second half, when I wasn’t scoring as much, we started stretching them out and Grant and Jacob Wells hit some real nice shots.
“We never quit. In that overtime with all those 3-pointers they hit, we never quit. They were tough to put away, that’s for sure.”
Rex Sunahara had 16 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks for the Rockets and was 10-of-10 from the line.
Heideloff led Bay with 21 points while Koz added 20.
“We know this team can score,” Bay coach Jared Schetzer said. “They scored in middle school, they scored freshman year, they scored in JV … now they’re varsity players and they have to learn that they just have to defend. We’ve given up 102 this year, 92, now 91 … that’s just too much. When guys start taking it personally defensively we’ll be in good shape.”
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Midview 91, Bay 88
BAY (88): John Koz 7-5-20, Jonathan Brajdic 3-0-9, Danny Heideloff 6-7-21, Brandon Morriss 3-6-12, Rex Sunahara 3-10-16, Tyler Jones 0-0-0, Alex White 1-0-2, Jack Kyle 3-0-8, Will Wilson 0-0-0, Matt Orr 0-0-0. Totals 26-28-88.
MIDVIEW (91): Matt Randolph 2-2-4, Logan Bolin 7-3-17, Daimion Mahone 1-0-2, Grant Overy 6-3-18, Jack Duffner 9-2-20, Dimitri Redwood 1-0-2, Jacob Wells 9-2-23, Ryan Miller 1-0-2, Kyle Warner 1-0-3. Totals 35-12-91.
Bay 16 16 15 24 8 9 — 88
Midview 13 18 22 18 8 12 — 91
Three-point goals: Bay 8-21 (Brajdic 3, Heideloff 2, Kyle 2, Koz), Midview 7-19 (Overy 3, Wells 3, Warner). Field goals: Bay 26-55 (47.2 percent), Midview 35-63 (55.5 percent). Free throws: Bay 28-29 (96.5 percent), Midview 12-20 (60 percent). Rebounds: Bay 26 (Sunahara 11), Midview 36 (Bolin 10). Turnovers: Bay 17, Midview 17. Total fouls: Bay 19, Midview 21. Fouled out: Sunahara.
Junior varsity: Bay, 56-48