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Monday, February 18, 2013 9:57 AM

DELPHOS — Sold-out Robert A. Arnzen Gymnasium erupted Friday night in a close duel between the Blue Jays of St. John’s and the Cardinals of New Bremen.

The Jays pulled off the cardiac win in overtime to beat Midwest Athletic Conference New Bremen 64-57 for the last home game for four seniors. The four seniors that were honored before the game were Ryan Buescher, Curtis Geise, Cole Fischbach and Seth Bockey.

The game ended in a tie at the end of regulation at 49-all. The Cardinals won the tip and scored the first basket in overtime with a bunny shot from Nolan Fox. Geise answered back 50 seconds later with a 12-foot bank shot at the 2:55 mark. Eric Clark fouled Andrew Michael, putting him at the charity stripe where he sank both shots. Buescher tied it back up at 53 with a layup in traffic in the middle of the lane with 1:58 left. Fox got a putback, giving them the lead. The Jays got the lead at 56-55 when Geise hit a bank shot and was fouled, nailing the and-1 free throw. Parker Manger retook the lead for New Bremen with a fadeaway jumper but the Jays came right back with 26.4 seconds left when Geise made both free throws from a technical foul on Cardinals coach Adam Dougherty, putting the Jays in the lead for the night. The Cardinals had to foul to get back into the game and with 10.9 seconds left, Geise once again hit both of his foul shots for a 60-57 lead.

The last points of the game came from two sets of foul shots. Buescher was fouled with 2.9 seconds left, sending him to the charity stripe. He made the first one and when Dougherty received his second technical of the night, he got thrown out of the game. Jays coach Aaron Elwer put Geise at the line for these two shots, which he made. Buescher then came back to the line for his second shot, which finished the Jays’ scoring. “I am happy for our four seniors with this being the last home game; to go out with a win with so much on the line,” Elwer relayed. “We had a complete team effort to not give in. It looked pretty bleak at the end of the fourth quarter but we never gave up and we played really well in the overtime. I am really proud of that group of guys.”

The Jays entered the fourth quarter down 38-32 but came out swinging with a long shot just inside the 3-point arc from Bockey. Ryan Koester got in the act with 12-footer from the left side to pull within four. Buescher fouled Ben Homan at 4:56 left in regulation, with him hitting the front end of the 1-and-1. Geise pulled the Jays within one with a 12-foot jumper for a 39-38 score. Homan hit both free throws with 3:47 left to widen the lead to three but then fouled Andy Grothouse, who sank both of his free throws, Geise, with 3:15 left, nailed a layin-and-1 to put the Jays up for the first time since late in the second quarter. Bremen’s Luke Schwieterman tied it back up with a 1-handed toss from inside the paint. The Cardinals went up by two but Grothouse tied it 45-all with a 15-footer from the right wing. Homan made 1-of-2 free throws and Carson Manger then extended the lead for New Bremen by nailing two more free throws.

New Bremen looked like they might have put the nail in the coffin for the Jays when Parker Manger hit 1-of-2 throws to give the Cardinals a 4-point lead with 17.9 seconds left in regulation. The Jays did not quit and Geise was fouled in 3-point land for a trip to the line for three shots. He missed the first and hit the next two. Bremen had a chance to put the game away with 12.4 seconds left but missed both foul shots. Geise did it once again for the Jays, getting a layup from in the paint with 5.4 seconds left to tie the game up. The Cardinals were not out yet, until Carson Manger missed a 1-handed 12-foot shot at the buzzer. “We were not that tough with it at the end and we did not make plays and their kids did,” Dougherty opined. “Give Coach Elwer and his kids a lot of credit. They compete and play really hard and really well.” The Jays played right with the Cardinals in the first quarter. They started down by three points with a 3-pointer from Carson Manger but Geise answered back with one of his two on the night. New Bremen ended up with a 4-point lead at the 5:56 mark with back-to-back shots from Homan. The Blue Jays fought back to take the lead 12-10 with 1:13 left in the quarter with Buescher getting a layup but the Cardinals closed out the first quarter with a 3-point shot from Carson Manger to end the quarter 13-12.

New Bremen extended its lead in the second quarter, going up 18-13 at the 4:40 mark. The Jays chiseled their way back to take the lead 22-20 at the 2:41 mark with a 16-footer by Bockey from the left wing. New Bremen then started its way to take back the lead. Carson Manger hit the front end of two foul shots, then hit a 3-pointer from the right corner. Carson Manger was not done in the quarter, finishing it with two foul shots to end the quarter up 26-22.

In the third quarter, the Blue Jays kept within striking distance but never took the lead. They were down by as many as eight points at one point but ended up six points down to end the quarter, 38-32.

St. John’s improves to 14-4 overall (7-1 MAC) and visits to Bath tonight.

New Bremen falls to 17-4 overall (7-2 MAC) and hosts Spencerville tonight.

 

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