BATH TWP. — Fans of the Wadsworth boys basketball team have become accustomed to the strange and bizzare when traveling to Revere.
The back-and-forth Suburban League finale Friday was no exception, as the Grizzlies managed to escape with a 63-62 overtime win after rallying several times.
“This was a lot of fun,” Wadsworth center Joel Kipfer said. “This was a huge crowd, it was (Revere’s) senior night. This was a big win coming in here and getting one tonight.”
Kipfer scored 14 points and pulled down a team-high seven boards filling in for an injured Kyle Prunty, who missed the game with a shoulder injury.
The overtime played out as the game had all night — Wadsworth (15-7, 9-5) fell behind and had to scratch and claw its way back.
“I am just happy for our kids,” coach Mike Schmeltzer Jr. said. “They battled through a lot tonight. We had some ups, some downs. In my opinion, when you talk about toughest places to play in the Suburban League, it’s either here or at Green.”
The Minutemen pulled ahead by four on a basket by Jordan Holtkamp (11 points, 4 assists) and a pair of free throws from Zach Lalkowski (19, 14 rebounds).
Enter Austin White.
The Grizzlies junior, who was plagued by foul problems late in the fourth quarter and into the extra session, came through with two monster plays on consecutive possessions.
White (21 points, 5 rebounds) drove hard into the paint and, after a brief huddle between the officials, was awarded continuation on a made basket and the chance for a three-point play. He converted the freebie to pull the Grizzlies within 61-60.
“I was proud of that because in the past he’s had trouble dealing with that foul trouble,” Schmeltzer said. “He’s maybe picked up a foul that he shouldn’t, but tonight he played smart and he kept himself in the game. Thank God he did because he hit a big one.”
Lalkowski split a pair of free throws on the other end. After Wadsworth worked the ball around the perimeter, White took a pass from Patrick Long at the top of the arc and dropped a fadeaway 3-pointer with just over a minute remaining.
“I just came off that screen and I just pulled up and hit it,” White said.
The Grizzlies survived one last try from Revere when Teddy Hughes’ 3-point attempt caromed off the rim and into the hands of Wadsworth’s Anthony Palecek.
Behind Dylan Geig (17 points, 6 rebounds) and Lalkowski, the Minutemen dominated the opening quarter. The duo combined for 16 points as Revere raced to a 21-14 lead.
Wadsworth took over in the second quarter, putting together a 19-0 run to finish the half for a 33-25 lead.
The game went back and forth the rest of the way and went into overtime tied at 57.
|Revere put on quite a halftime show, which featured some country line dancers, a spectacular baton performance and dueling guys and girls dance teams.
Wadsworth won the junior varsity game 45-38 behind 16 points from Ben Bingham.
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Wadsworth 63, Revere 62 (OT)
WADSWORTH 14 19 7 17 6 — 63
REVERE 21 4 19 13 5 — 62
Wadsworth — Barry Fernholz 2-0-5, Austin White 7-4-21, Joel Kipfer 2-10-14, Anthony Palecek 4-1-9, Patrick Long 3-0-8, Nick Hewitt 2-0-4, Jimmy Elchlinger 0-0-0, Tyson Heideman 0-0-0, Cliff Collyer 1-0-2. TOTALS: 21-15-63.
Revere — Max Tisdale 1-0-2, Zach Lalkowski 5-8-19, Dylan Geig 8-1-17, Dylan Seikel 2-1-7, Jordan Holtkamp 4-1-11, Teddy Hughes 2-0-6, Shane O’Brien 0-0-0, Ethan Mabee 0-0-0. TOTALS: 22-11-62.
3-point goals — White 3, Long 2, Fernholz, Holtkamp 2, Hughes 2, Seikel 2, Lalkowski. Rebounds — Wadsworth 29 (Kipfer 7), Revere 33 (Lalkowski 14). Assists — Wadsworth 5 (Palecek 3), Revere 9 (Holtkamp 4). Records — Wadsworth (15-7, 9-5), Revere (9-13, 4-10). Junior varsity —Wadsworth 45, Revere 38.