EATON TWP. — Grant Overy couldn’t have scripted it any better.
Honored along with Jack Duffner and Kyle Warner before Tuesday night’s non-conference game against North Olmsted as a part of the school’s Senior Night festivities, Overy decided to make his night even more memorable.
Shaking off a tough first half, in which he and Duffner started alongside their sophomore brothers Garret and Mitch for the first time, Overy broke open a low-scoring game with five 3-pointers en route to a game-high 28 points in a 56-27 Middies win.
Overy ended up outscoring the Eagles all by himself.
Midview (10-10) and the Eagles (8-11) meet again in a Division I sectional game Feb. 26 at North Olmsted. If this was a preview of that game, the Middies and Overy certainly made a statement.
“He had a great second half,” Midview coach Troy DiFranco said. “When shots are falling, the game becomes a lot easier. He stepped up and hit some big ones for us, that’s for sure. It was especially nice to happen on Senior Night. It was a good way for all three of the seniors to remember this special night, that’s for sure.
“Out of the 268 people in the senior class, they were the only three that put on the Midview uniform tonight. They all came through from seventh grade and up — some of them came up through elementary school — and they’re Midview lifers. It’s a special night because it’s a lot of work, a lot of time that you put into play that long. So I give those three a lot of credit. They’re a special group.”
The two teams slogged through a low-scoring first quarter (6-4) and first half (17-16). North Olmsted had taken a 24-23 lead with 4:18 left in the third before Overy suddenly got hot.
Scoring 11 of his team’s 13 unanswered points, Overy led the Middies to a 36-24 lead after three. Then Overy erupted for 13 of his team’s first 17 points in the fourth quarter to expand the lead to 51-25.
When Overy, Duffner and Warner were replaced with 1:55 remaining, they had led the Middies to a 28-1 run that turned the game on its ear. Overy was responsible for 24 of the 28 points.
“It was perfect,” said Overy, who shot 11-for-17 from the floor and 1-for-2 from the line. “Every night’s good to get a win, but to come out and get this type of win on Senior Night, it’s something special.
“I had 34 points at Bay, but I’ll probably remember this one more. I just want to come out and do what I have to do to get my team a victory. We came out slow in the first half, but Coach gave us a pep talk at halftime and that got us going. We picked it up in the second half.”
Because there were only three seniors, and because the Overys and Duffners had always dreamed of playing together, DiFranco decided to promote Mitch Duffner and Garret Overy to the varsity and give them their first career starts.
While neither scored a point, DiFranco was impressed.
“At the beginning of the year, both Mitch and Garret said that it would be cool at some point during the season to share the same floor with their brothers,” DiFranco said. “I had it in the back of my mind throughout the year, and it worked out perfectly to do it on Senior Night. They’re good kids from good families. They competed and they did fine.”
Ryan Coleman had seven points and eight rebounds to lead North Olmsted, which was without junior sharpshooter Matt Starcovic.
“I wish I knew what happened,” North Olmsted coach Jason Frolo said. “We got to that point in the middle of the third quarter where we were starting to get over the hump and maybe extend the lead. But we missed three point-blank layups, didn’t come down with the boards and they started scoring.
“It kind of just snowballed from there. We lost Overy a lot, and he had a huge second half. I’m just disappointed with our guys. Our better players need to step up, that’s the bottom line.”
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Midview 56, North Olmsted 27
NORTH OLMSTED (27): Ryan Coleman 2-3-7, Jah Tyler 2-2-6, Jason Brent 2-0-5, Andy Lucien 1-1-3, Josh Hufstetler 0-0-0, Tommy Sullivan 1-0-2, Scott Cooney 1-0-2, Jordan Burke 1-0-2, Andrew Latas 0-0-0, Jimmy Lloyd 0-0-0. Totals 10-6-27.
MIDVIEW (56): Grant Overy 11-1-28, Jack Duffner 2-0-4, Kyle Warner 1-0-2, Garret Overy 0-0-0, Mitch Duffner 0-0-0, Jacob Wells 3-0-7, Daimion Mahone 2-2-6, Brett Zupancic 2-1-5, Logan Bolin 1-0-2, Dimitri Redwood 1-0-2, Ryan Miller 0-0-0, Matt Randolph 0-0-0, Cameron Large 0-0-0. Totals 23-4-56.
North Olmsted 4 12 8 3 — 27
Midview 6 11 19 20 — 56
Three-point goals: North Olmsted 1-8 (Brent), Midview 6-18 (Gr. Overy 5, Wells). Field goals: North Olmsted 10-39 (26 percent), Midview 23-46 (50 percent). Free throws: North Olmsted 6-11 (55 percent), Midview 4-8 (50 percent). Rebounds: North Olmsted 28 (Coleman 8, Lucien 6), Midview 26 (Mahone 6, J. Duffner 5). Turnovers: North Olmsted 19, Midview 11. Total fouls: North Olmsted 10, Midview 14.
Junior Varsity: Midview, 40-30