‘Stangs top Wolves in OT

The Sun Times (Owen Sound) - - SPORTS - GREG COWAN

Two teams en­tered the St. Mary’s High School gym un­de­feated, and the Mus­tangs kept it that way with a 39-38 vic­tory over the Owen Sound District Wolves on Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

The Wolves were handed their only blem­ish on an other­wise spark­ing 3-1 record early in the Blue­wa­ter Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion se­nior boys bas­ket­ball sea­son. The Mus­tangs im­proved to 3-0. Surely Cedric McNay’s boss will un­der­stand.

Shortly after the Mus­tangs guard hit a game-ty­ing free throw to help send the con­test into over­time, he asked for a phone to call work and tell them he’ll be late.

Min­utes later McNay was one of the hand­ful of Mus­tangs play­ers who de­nied a last-sec­ond lay-up at­tempt and sealed the vic­tory.

Fouls played a big part in Thurs­day’s game be­tween the two Owen Sound schools.

The Wolves lead­ing scorer and floor leader, Audon Court­ney, fouled out half­way through the over­time frame.

With the Wolves lead­ing in OT, Lee Stephens scored on an in-bound play be­fore steal­ing the ball and draw­ing a foul. He knocked down the foul shots to put the ‘Stangs ahead for the fi­nal time in a see­saw game.

The Mus­tangs looked primed for a blowout early. Dom­i­nat­ing on the glass, and sparked by a late Stephens’ three-ball, the Mus­tangs took a 17-9 lead into the sec­ond quar­ter.

The Wolves seemed thrown off by the ‘Stangs zone de­fence that col­lapsed on the ball hard. Audon Court­ney man­aged to drain four tough points in the lane for ODSSS, but noth­ing came easy.

In the sec­ond quar­ter the Wolves started to swing the ball, and suc­cess fol­lowed, OSDSS went on an 8-0 run. The Wolves took their first lead of the game on a three-point bucket from Ethan Court­ney be­fore the end of the first half.

The third quar­ter did lit­tle to cre­ate any sep­a­ra­tion be­tween the two teams. The two guards went back and forth with buck­ets. Isa­iah Smith notched six points for the Wolves in the frame while Stephens and Ja­cob French an­swered back for St. Mary’s.

The score was tied 27-27 headed into the fi­nal reg­u­la­tion quar­ter.

Zach Meikle made a state­ment with an open­ing three-point shot for the ‘Stangs be­fore Ethan Court­ney an­swered back with a Wolves layup. Nei­ther team could pull away.

The Wolves carved out 35-32 lead be­fore Stephens drove for a layup, and then stole the ball send­ing McNay ahead to be fouled on the fast break.

McNay hit one of two shots to send the game to over­time.

The St. Mary’s Mus­tangs will next host the Penin­sula Shores Phoenix on Tues­day in­side the St. Mary’s gym while the Wolves take on Bruce Penin­sula the same day across town at OSDSS.


Lee Stephens blocks the shot of Kyle Gra­ham in the third quar­ter as the St. Mary’s Mus­tangs beat the Owen Sound District Wolves 39-38 in over­time Thurs­day af­ter­noon in­side the gym at St. Mary’s High School.

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