Wolver­ines win a thriller in over­time

Se­nior guard Josey lays in the win­ning points as time ex­pires

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - High School Basketball - By Sarah Spencer Sarah K. Spencer: [email protected] and Twit­ter @sarah_k_spence.

For all the in­ten­sity, you would have thought it was a play­off game.

It was ac­tu­ally the first game of the sea­son, one in which Wood­land Hills edged Ambridge in over­time, 67-65, in the Mid­land Hall of Fame Tipoff Tour­na­ment Fri­day at Geneva Col­lege.

Wood­land Hills led a tight con­test for most of the game but Ambridge forced over­time af­ter mak­ing 7 of 10 3-point­ers in the sec­ond half (4 of 8 in the first half). Wolver­ines se­nior guard Tre’Mon Josey, who had 14 points, scored the game-win­ner on a last-sec­ond layup in over­time.

“I’m just try­ing to get my com­po­sure,” Wood­land Hills coach Odell Miller said af­ter the game. “We had a cou­ple turnovers down there at the end. We kind of lost our com­po­sure a lit­tle bit. I think there were 25 sec­onds left, we wanted one shot, we went to the bas­ket with too much time left, so I’m just over there like ‘OK, we need some de­fen­sive stops.’ And the way the game ended, any­body could have won that game. I don’t even know what hap­pened. I’ll take the win.”

Wolver­ines se­nior guard Ke­an­dre Bowles led all scor­ers with 27 points, to go with five re­bounds, and se­nior for­ward Aaron Hilzen­deger led Ambridge with 25 points, to go with six re­bounds.

Two 3-point­ers by Hilzen­deger tied the score at 57-57 with 3:22 left in the fourth quar­ter. A layup by se­nior Ambridge for­ward Omarri Flan­ni­gan, who fin­ished with 12 points, tied the score at 59-59 with less than two min­utes to play. Ambridge held the ball and called a time­out at 3.4 sec­onds to set up a try for a game-win­ner, but Wood­land Hills stole the ball and air­balled a half­court shot at the buzzer, send­ing the game to over­time.

With the game tied at 65-65, Wood­land Hills se­nior Jaden Wil­lis stole the ball and fed it to Josey, who scored as time ex­pired in over­time.

“Just play and get it done, what­ever it takes to get a ‘W’,” Josey said. “That’s all I was think­ing.”

Josey had a steal and layup to open up the third quar­ter, later adding a floater to make it 34-28. Two 3-point­ers by Josey stretched the Wolver­ine’s lead to 42-33 with 2:46 to play, their big­gest lead of the game, but the Bridgers ral­lied back, a cor­ner 3 by se­nior for­ward Eric Cham­bers mak­ing it 44-42 as the third quar­ter wound down.

“He hit, what was it, two or three from the cor­ner, I looked at some film and stuff, but he’s one that I didn’t ac­count for,” Miller said of Cham­bers, who came off the bench to hit three 3’s in reg­u­la­tion, fin­ish­ing with 11 points and 3 re­bounds. “That was big for them, not so great for us.”

Bowles made a 3-pointer to open the fourth quar­ter, but Cham­bers re­sponded with a 3-pointer of his own. A 3 by Hilzen­deger gave the Bridgers a 48-47 lead with 6:30 to play in the fourth, with the teams ex­chang­ing the lead for the rest of reg­u­la­tion.

“It was mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tions on de­fense, ba­si­cally,” Josey said of los­ing the 9-point lead. “We locked it in, got our switches right, ex­e­cu­tion, that’s all it was.”

Next up in the tour­na­ment, both teams will play at Lin­coln Park Satur­day, with Ambridge fac­ing Beaver Falls at 6:30 p.m. and Woodand Hills play­ing Lin­coln Park at 8 p.m.

Pam Pan­chak/Post-Gazette

Ambridge’s Enire Bowens goes up for a bas­ket against Wood­land Hills’ Gavin Jud­son and Raelon Robert­son in the Mid­land Tour­na­ment at Geneva Col­lege Fri­day, Dec. 7 in Beaver Falls. Bowens and Ambridge dropped the first game of the sea­son, a 67-65 loss in over­time.

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