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NEW BREMEN — Delphos St. John’s Curtis Geise took an inbounds pass and sped the length of the court to put in a lay-up with two seconds left to give the Blue Jays a 62-60 win and a share of the Midwest Athletic Conference lead.
“The last play went exactly the way we drew it up,” Bluejays head coach Aaron Elwer said. “We wanted to get the ball to Curt and we wanted to give him a pressure release so we put Seth Bockey about three quarters court and we thought if he could use that and gain a little step on his guy.”
Paired with Fort Recovery’s 42-41 loss to St. Henry on Friday night, the win lifted the Blue Jays into a first-place tie in the MAC and leaves New Bremen still a game back in the conference with three games left in MAC play.
New Bremen’s fourth quarter comeback, which was capped by Troy Williams’ putback basket with 10.6 seconds left to tie the game 60-60, was erased by Geise’s last-second heroics.
“I thought we fought and battled the whole night,” Cardinals head coach Adam Dougherty said. “We didn’t let adversity affect us tonight. We continued to fight when things didn’t go our way and we didn’t look for excuses and continued to play. We just made play after play and just ran out of time at the end and a really nice player for them. Tonight would have been a special night if we could have beaten them.”
Four players scored in double figures for the Cardinals. Troy Williams led with 18 points followed by Clune with 14 points. Justin Heitkamp had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Westerbeck had 11 points.
“Justin and Troy battled on the boards for us tonight,” Dougherty said. “We just kept tipping the ball and keeping it alive. We missed a couple defensive rebounds in some key spots that could have been game changers in the runs that we had. It seemed like when we made a run they made a play to stop it.”
For Delphos Geise led all scorers with 22 points and Alex Clark had 15 points.
Delphos (10-6, 5-1 in the MAC) entertains Lincolnview tonight, while New Bremen (9-5, 4-2 in the MAC) travels to Botkins tonight.