|IAC BOYS BASKETBALL: DEFENDING STATE CHAMP MORAVIA OUTLASTS S-VE, 57-52, IN OVERTIME (2017-12-01)
Valley Sports Report
MORAVIA — Moravia outlasted S-VE, 57-52, in overtime here Friday night in an IAC crossover boys basketball game that featured 83 free throws and seven players disqualified by fouls.
“It was nuts,” said S-VE coach Jeremy Kastenhuber. “You couldn’t touch anyone, anticipation fouls were rampant. There were so many touch fouls called, and so many touch fouls that weren’t called, it was terribly inconsistent.
“Moravia had two bench players and a starter foul out, and we had four starters foul out,” he said.
Moravia made 35 of 53 free-throw attempts in the game, while S-VE connected on 15 of 30.
S-VE junior Nathan Mack made two free throws with 6 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game at 46-46 and force the overtime period.
Junior Brian Gillette canned a 3-pointer — his only bucket of the game — early in the overtime session to give the Panthers a 49-46 lead.
After a defensive stop, S-VE failed on a chance to up its lead to five when it missed a shot from close range.
The Blue Devils, who are the defending Class C state champion, got a bucket from Kaleb Stayton, and two free throws Scottie Sovocool to a 50-49 lead, then sealed the decision at the free-throw line, making 5 of 11 attempts in the final two minutes.
Kastenhuber cited his team’s missed opportunities after the game.
“If we make that lay-up, we’re up five points with two minutes to go, and I like our chances.
“We had a couple of 3-pointers rattle out, and I mean rattle out, in overtime,” he noted. “Jacob Grier shot one that was halfway down, and it popped back out.
“In the end, though, we missed 15 free throws and a ton of chippies,” added Kastenhuber. “We had a great opportunity to win the game, but we didn’t capitalize.”
Despite the loss, Kastenhuber does see positives in taking the defending state champ into overtime on its home floor.
“There are lot of positives that come out of this loss.
“We were down 11 at one point in the third quarter, and came all the way back,” he said. “There’s no quit in this group. They laid everything on the line, and they made all the adjustments I asked them to make.
“I saw kids do things they’ve never done in their four or five years in this program,” added Kastenhuber.
Nathan Mack led S-VE with 22 points and 15 rebounds, while sophomore Noah Mack added 12 points, and junior Ben VanGalder chipped in with eight points.
Stayton led Moravia with 18 points, and Carter Flick added 10 points on 10 of 11 shooting from the free-throw line.
S-VE returns to action Tuesday when it hosts defending Section IV Class D champ and state runner-up Newfield.
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