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High school basketball: No. 1 Carmel nips No. 6 North Central, 50-49

12:00 AM, Dec. 08, 2012 EST

It was all about second chances for Michael Volovic.

The Carmel senior guard needed one after losing the ball while driving for a potential tying basket late in Friday's high school boys basketball game at North Central.

"I had an opportunity and took my eyes off the ball and lost it," Volovic said.

Yet when North Central freshman Eron Gordon lost the ball with a wide-open path to the basket, Carmel had a second life with 17 seconds remaining.

"When that happened, I knew we were going to take advantage of it," Volovic said.

Volovic sank a 3-pointer with 2 seconds left to give Class 4A No. 1 Carmel a 50-49 victory over 4A No. 6 North Central in a Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference opener.

Volovic can thank teammate Zach McRoberts, who grabbed a rebound of a missed 3-point shot by Ryan Cline.

"(McRoberts) does that all game," Volovic said. "He won us that game. The shot didn't win that game."

Volovic, who finished with 16 points for the Greyhounds (3-0), said it was the biggest 3-pointer of his life.

"I'm not usually a 3-point shooter," he said. "Last season I didn't make a lot. This summer, I really worked on my shooting. I could have driven in, but we're playing at North Central in the first conference game. I wanted to go for the win."

Carmel coach Scott Heady said Volovic struggled in the second half.

"He was rushing things and kind of forced the action a little bit," Heady said. "For him to step up and hit that shot shows he's a winner. He's been a winner his whole career."

The defending 4A state champion Greyhounds, who led 24-14 at halftime, expanded the lead to 30-16 in the first 3 minutes of the third quarter.

"The tempo was ours and we controlled their pressure," Heady said of building the 14-point lead.

North Central (2-2) called a timeout and promptly went on a 10-0 run. The Panthers moved ahead in the final quarter.

"We withstood their run," Heady said. "Gordon is unbelievable. I don't think I've seen a freshman who plays with so much poise, and he's so versatile. He makes things look easy."

Gordon scored 18 of his 21 points in the second half.

North Central coach Doug Mitchell acknowledged Carmel won the first half.

"In the second half, we finally got the tempo where we wanted it," Mitchell said. "(Heady) did us a favor when he went to the zone. We hit two 3s really quick, got some momentum and were able to press.

"We had the game won. All we had to do was catch that ball. . . . (Gordon) wasn't doing anything he shouldn't have been doing."

James Crowley led the Greyhounds with 18 points. McRoberts added 12.



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