Warriors escape with thrilling OT victory over Tigers
VINCENT — A.J. Graham’s potential game-winning corner 3 as time expired for visiting Marietta went off the iron here Friday night as Warren survived the rival Tigers in overtime, 56-55.
Seth Dennis led all scorers with 23 points as head coach Blane Maddox’s squad improved to 3-0 with a game Saturday night at Dover.
“It was a tough haul,” admitted the coach, whose team trailed 41-34 after three, but managed to force overtime even at 49. “We got off to a good start (led 17-10 after one and trailed 26-25 at halftime) and we lost a little bit of momentum and then it was an uphill battle from there on.
“We were just digging out of a hole and trying to get out of that hole and luckily we did tonight. We’re fortunate. We’re lucky, but we found a way.”
Tony Munos’ lay-in for the last of his team-high 17 points got the Tigers within one at 56-55 with 18.5 ticks to play. Dennis missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 13.7 to go prior to Graham’s shot.
“The bounces didn’t fall our way,” said Tiger boss J.D. Secrest. “We had a lot of shots that just bounced around the rim and didn’t drop for us. We’re extremely proud of the effort the kids gave. Adam Coil, he was a man tonight and that’s what we needed out of him.”
Coil finished with nine points to go with game-highs of 17 rebounds, four steals and three blocked shots. Tyler Kytta added a baker’s dozen with 10 of those counters coming in the third, which included a pair of treys.
“To come up here on the road and we haven’t had a home game yet this year and we’re just a couple bounces away from being a 3-1 team,” added Secrest of his Tigers, who return to the hardwood next Friday night at Cambridge. “Hopefully, the kids stick with it.
“We are just going to need to put this one behind us. This one was tough and Warren is a real good team and we knew just to play close we were going to have to battle.”
Graham’s lay-in for part of his eight points via one of Mark Duckworth’s (seven points) six assists opened the scoring with 2:34 left in the extra session.
Coil added two foul shots 17 seconds later, but Dennis countered with a 3 and then took a charge on Munos. Dennis then scored on a lay-in to give the Warriors the lead for good at 54-53.
Kurt Taylor, who had five points and team-highs of seven boards and two blocks, picked up his game-high seventh assist with 40 seconds to play on a bullet pass to Gavin Ott for a lay-in.
Graham’s dish to Kytta led to a trifecta which tied the affair at 49-all with 49.4 seconds left in regulation.
Josh Welch, who had four points, tried to score late inside but couldn’t get it to fall and the Tigers gained possession. However, a three-quarter length of the court heave by Munos went off the glass.
Warren starters Jake Baumgard, Joel Chevalier and Brayden Sallee, who had six caroms, contributed six points apiece. Dennis added five dimes and a trio of thefts.
The Tigers hit 10 of 22 in the first half, including 4 of 8 from downtown, but made just 3 of 15 from deep the rest of the way and shot 34.4% (21 of 61). MHS, which held a 37-28 edge on the glass and won the turnover battle 17-14, watched the Warriors hit on 23 of 45 (51.1%) field goals.
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