Midview Middies need double OT to top Cloverleaf Colts; Columbia Raiders advance

MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Middies guard Wes Davic, center shoots a layup during the third quarter against Cloverleaf on Friday.

MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Cloverleaf guard Adam Podolak, right, takes a deep shot during the second quarter against Midview on Friday night during the DiFranco Holiday Tournament. The Middies won the game 67-66 in overtime.

MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Midview guard Wes Davic, middle, is blocked by Cloverleaf forward Brandt Buckholz, back, during the third quarter at Midview High School on Friday.

MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Midview forward Steven Gott shoots a deep two-point shot during the third quarter against Cloverleaf on Friday at Midview.

EATON TWP. — Cloverleaf’s only win last season came at the Bob DiFranco Holiday Tournament.

For whatever reason, the Colts seem to play really well in it.

Cloverleaf made it to the championship game that year but ended up losing to Midview 73-62.

Both teams met again Friday night, and despite another terrific effort from the Colts, the Middies handed them another loss with a 67-66 win in double overtime inside Kubuski Gymnasium.

“They play really well in this tournament every year,” said Midview coach Troy DiFranco, who will look for his team to win its own tournament for the second-straight year tonight. “I told the kids before the game this was not going to be an easy game.”

He wasn’t kidding.

The fourth quarter alone saw four ties and nine lead changes.

Trailing 52-51 with 1:06 left in regulation, Grant Overy knocked down one of his five three-pointers to put the Middies (5-3) ahead 54-52. Tied at 54 with 7.5 seconds left, Overy’s contested three fell short to force overtime.

Midview had another opportunity to win the game in overtime — getting the ball back with 2.1 seconds left after Clifford Collyer missed a layup — but a turnover on the inbounds pass forced a second overtime tied at 58.

The Middies began the second overtime on a 7-0 run on a 3-pointer from Devin Dombrowski and back-to-back shots from Kyle Warner and Steven Gott to pull ahead 65-58.

Cloverleaf responded when Robbie Buckwald sank back-to-back 3s to pull within a point.

“We missed a shot, they come down and hit a 3 and it’s back to a one-point basketball game,” DiFranco said. “We didn’t do a good job of taking care of the basketball. We took ill-advised shots. You have a lead like that and they have to foul, we didn’t need to force shots.”

Buckwald was a combined 3 of 3 from long distance in the overtimes, finishing with 22 points.

“We knew Buckwald was a great player,” DiFranco said. “He’s very tough to defend. He looks like a football player but he’s solid. We lost him a few times and every time we did he made us pay.”

Warner made it 66-64 with 30.6 seconds left after splitting a pair of free throws, but two free throws from Adam Podolak at the other end tied the score.

Warner again split two free throws to make it 67-66 with 13.6 seconds remaining, but Collyer’s shot at the buzzer fell way short.

“We were tired but we kept battling,” said Overy, who led all scorers with 23 points. “To win this is an awesome feeling.”

Wes Davic pitched in 12 points for Midview, while Warner and Gott finished with 10 and seven points, respectively. The Middies’ bench outscored the Colts’ bench 30-15.

Midview will play in tonight’s championship game against Columbia, who routed Amherst 68-50 behind a game-high 33 points from Jacob Simon.

Simon had five 3-pointers in the game and finished 11 of 15 from the field.

“Jay Banyasz was creating great shots, so I just kept taking them,” Simon said. “I was feeling it and things worked out. We wanted to make a statement for our community and our school.”

As a team Columbia knocked down 11 3s, including three from Brandon Severo, who finished behind Simon with 13 points.

The Raiders (7-0) never trailed, using a 13-0 run midway through the fourth quarter to pull away from the Comets (4-3).

Columbia was making just its second appearance in the tournament, finishing last out in 2006.

“It’s an honor to be in this,” Columbia coach Larry Babics said. “It’s a great cause for a great man, and we’re just honored that we’re able to be in it.”

Amherst will take on Cloverleaf in tonight’s consolation game at 6 before Columbia and Midview play for the championship at 7:30 p.m.



Columbia 68, Amherst 50

Bob DiFranco Holiday Tournament

AMHERST — Adam Srnis 2-1 7, Nick Glowacki 4-4 13, Matt Kneisel 4-1 9, Garrett Klekota 6-1 13, Rees Rua 3-0 6, Danny Fortney 1-0 2. TOTALS 20-7 50.

COLUMBIA — Brandon Severo 4-2 13, Jay Banyasz 2-3 9, Jacob Simon 11-6 33, Kevin Simon 1-0 2, Zach Stopper 3-3 10, David Delahunty 0-1 1. TOTALS 21-15 68.

3-POINT GOALS — A: Srnis (2), Glowacki; C: Severo (3), Banyasz (2), J. Simon (5), Stopper.

Score By Quarters

Amherst (4-3) 11 16 10 13 — 50

Columbia (7-0) 17 15 14 22 — 68

Team Statistics

Field Goals — Amherst 20 of 48 (42 percent), Columbia 21 of 47 (45 percent).

Free Throws — A 7 of 8 (87 percent), C 15 of 18 (83 percent).

Rebounds — A 23, C 25.

Turnovers — A 16, C 15.

Midview 67, Cloverleaf 66

Bob DiFranco Holiday Tournament

CLOVERLEAF — Bishop Woodall 2-1 5, Clifford Collyer 5-4 14, Jason Sykora 3-1 7, Brandt Buckholz 1-0 2, Robbi Buckwald 9-0 22, Connor Ploucha 1-0 2, Adam Podolak 3-4 14. TOTALS 25-10 66.

MIDVIEW — Grant Overy 7-4 23, Kyle Warner 3-2 10, Steven Gott 3-1 7,Jack Duffner 2-0 4. Devin Dombrowski 1-0 3, Wes Davic 2-8 12, Dylan Eason 2-0 4, Jacob Wells 2-0 4. TOTALS 21-16 67.

3-POINT GOALS — C: Buckwald (4), Podolak; M: Overy (5), Warner, Dombrowski.

Score By Quarters

Cloverleaf 10 8 18 18 4 8 — 66

Midview (5-3) 8 17 14 15 4 9 — 67

Team Statistics

Field Goals — Cloverleaf 25 of 53 (47 percent), M 21 of 52 (40 percent).

Free Throws — C 10 of 14 (71 percent), M 16 of 24 (67 percent).

Rebounds — C 30, M 28.

Turnovers — C 18, M 17.

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Last Updated: 12/29/2012 12:20:38 PM EST

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