The St. Philip and Camden-Frontier boys' basketball teams found themselves in a game Thursday night in the Tiger Den that is likely to take a few years off the life of anyone who attended.
With five seconds remaining, St. Philip's Tyler Hubbard-Neil found himself in the left corner of the court. He looked for someone to pass to before taking a couple of dribbles and then releasing a floater that hit the bottom of the net as the final buzzer sounded.
The shot gave the Tigers a 46-44, season-opening triumph.
"It wasn't the play we drew up. Actually it was, but the opposite side," said St. Philip head coach Dino English.
"(Alex) Doyle was coming over to get to the middle and, you know, we had a problem holding on to the ball today. We juggled I don't know how many balls under the basket. Tyler actually juggled that one and he put the shot up -- I thought he got hacked -- and it fell. It was a rainbow. It was an ugly win but we'll take it.''
St. Philip seemed to be in control for most of the contest, going into halftime with a five-point lead. The Tigers also never trailed.
But two of the Tigers' starters, Doyle and Hunter Haley, got into foul trouble late in the first half, allowing Camden-Frontier to become more aggressive.
"They came out in that 1-3-1 (zone defense) and I thought we played timid in it instead of attacking it. We moved the ball around too much. Then when we were supposed to not attack it, we were attacking it when we were up by six. Then we were coming down and turning the ball over," said English.
The halftime adjustment allowed the Redskins to force turnovers and really push St. Philip up and down the court.
"We wanted to change it up defensively. Doyle is a good player. Their point guard is a good player. We wanted to do something to get them out of rhythm," said C-F coach Jason Holubik.
"We also made some adjustments at halftime to screen at the top of their zone. We wanted to attack the basket. We were settling for jump shots."
With a little over 1:30 remaining, Calvin Conant hit a three for the Redskins to pull them within one. On the next possession, Ethan Riddell hit another three with 30 seconds remaining, tying the game.
Hubbard-Neil led St. Phil with a double-double, totaling 12 points, 14 rebounds and going 2-for-3 from the line. Cody Boggio and Jon Niland also chipped in nine points apiece, going 1-for-2 and 4-for-6 from the line, respectively. Doyle and Haley, despite the foul trouble, added seven points apiece for the Tigers as well.
Overall, St. Phil went 9-for-13 from the free throw line.
Riddell lead all scorers, scoring 15 points for the Redskins. As a team, though, they went 7-for-16 from the stripe.
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(At) Athens 44, Reading 42: Athens evened its record at 1-1 with the Big Eight victory as the Indians made their free throws down the stretch and Lucas Jenkins scored 20 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and had seven steals. Also for Athens, Hayden Bowersox had six points and eight boards, and Jonah Harris had five points and four rebounds.
Bellevue 67, (at) Litchfield 38: Senior guard Zach Webb had 34 points, 11 rebounds and four assists as the visiting Broncos improved to 2-0 overall in their SCAA opener. Also for Bellevue, junior forward Cole Madry had 20 points and 13 rebounds.
Hanover-Horton 65, (at) Homer 41: Alex White had 19 points and seven rebounds in the non-league home loss that evened the Trojans' record at 1-1. Jon VanMeter added nine points and seven rebounds for Homer, and Zack Fleming had six points.
(At) Addison 74, Quincy 67 (OT): Ashton Diotte led a balalnced Quincy scoring attack with 13 points in the non-conference overtime setback. Also for the Orioles (0-2), Jimmy King had 11 points, five rebounds and three assists; Logan Miller had 10 points and three assists; Chase Cook had nine points; Mike Tesch had eight rebounds; and Nick Haberl had four boards.
Lakeview 117, (at) Portage Central 66: The visiting Spartans won their first dual meet of the season in stellar fashion, and had six state meet qualifying times in the process.
With first-place finishes and state-qualifying times for Lakeview were the 200 medley relay of Scott Carstens, John Vann, A.J. Cariuty and Hayden Marlowe in 1:45.09; Vann in the 200 individual medley in 2:03.21; Vann in the 100 freestyle in 49.41; Cariuty in the 500 freestyle in 5:00.52; Carstens in the 100 backstroke in 56.62; and the 400 freestyle relay of Vann, Cariuty, Carstens and Marlowe in 3:27.16.
Also with first-place finishes for the Spartans were Braden Shanks in the 200 freestyle in 1:57.91; Jake Budd in 1-meter diving (251.70 points); and the 200 freestyle relay of Steven Cordova, Marlowe, Nathan Belson and Matt Paxhia in a time of 1:37.69.
Portage Central had firsts in the 50 freestyle (22.96), the 100 butterfly (57.84) and the 100 breaststroke (1:05.29).
Glidden looking for 100 wins: D.J. Glidden is going after his 100th career victory this season as a senior on the Lakeview High wrestling team. As was reported in the Prep Wrestling Season Overview story in Thursday's edition, Glidden is one of five returning regional qualifiers for the Spartans this season. Glidden's name, however, was inadvertently missing in the list of Lakeview's top returners this campaign. He is a a 119-pounder this season; he wrestled at 103/112 last season.
Pennfield 49, Portland 30 (Wed.): 103-Babcock md. Blake. 112-Brown d. Savage. 119-May p. Huff, 3:25. 125-Tuttle won by void. 130-Rutka won by void. 135-Young) p. Burnett, 1:19. 140-Hammer p. Mooney, 1:45. 145-Burr p. Haren, 3:00. 152-Suver won by void. 160-Vanhyfte won by void. 171-Schwarz p. Dixon, :21. 189-Scott p. Lahusky, 3:40. 215-Parker p. Ferris, 3:56. HWT-Burnham p. Damerow, 1:14.
Fowlerville 63, Pennfield 10 (Wed.): 103-Roberts p. Babcock, 3:29. 112-Brown p. Roberts, 1:49. 119-Roberts d. Huff, 3-2. 125-Tuttle md. Makins, 8-0. 130-Amato won by void. 135-Dixon p. Burnett, 2:39. 140-Albela p. Hammer, 5:08. 145-Coltenan p. Burr, 1:17. 152-Webb tf. Suver, 23-7. 160-Wrenn p. Vanhyfte, 2:25. 171-Litz md. Schwarz, 20-6. 189-Ellsworth d. Parker, 3-2. 215-Moran p. Damerow, :48. HWT-Coon won by void.