DELPHOS — With a four-point lead with just 16 seconds left in regulation the New Bremen boys basketball team had at least a share of the Midwest Athletic Conference title in its grasp. Delphos St. John’s Curtis Geise’s heroics and later a technical foul at an inopportune time let it slip away.
Delphos St. John’s rallied to send the game to overtime on Geise’s game-tying shot at the end of regulation and then Geise scored 11 points in the overtime to lift the Blue Jays to a 64-57 win in the Midwest Athletic Conference showdown between one-loss teams at The Vatican on Friday.
Parker Manger hit a basket with 31 seconds left to give New Bremen a 57-56 lead, but New Bremen head coach Adam Dougherty was hit with a technical foul just seconds when he didn’t receive a requested time-out on the ensuing inbound play.
Geise hit the two ensuing free throws to take the lead and DSJ took control.
Dougherty received a second technical with a few seconds left in the game, leading to an automatic ejection.
Geise led the Blue Jays with 33 points.
“As far as Curtis Geise goes he has been with me for four years and he continues to amaze me in late game situations and he has a knack for making big plays,” Delphos head coach Aaron Elwer said.
Dougherty did not addresss the technical fouls after the game.
“I told the kids after the game that we have to band together,” Dougherty said. “All of our goals are still out there. We had our kids ready tonight and we will have them ready for tomorrow night and we will have them ready two Fridays from now. We will bounce back. We have tough kids and all of our goals are still out there. ”
The Cardinals led 49-45 with 16 seconds left, but Geise drew a foul from behind the 3-point arc with 13 seconds left. He hit two-of-three to put New Bremen up 49-47.
New Bremen then missed two free throws, allowing Geise to come down and make the tying basket with 5.4 seconds left. Carson Manger’s last second shot missed at the buzzer to send the game to overtime tied at 49-49.
In the overtime the two teams traded points before setting up the dramatic final 30 seconds.
Ben Homan led the Cardinals with 19 points and six rebounds and Carson Manger had 17 points.
New Bremen theoretically could still earn a MAC title tie with no conference games left on the schedule. The Cardinals need Delphos St. John’s and St. Henry to lose next Friday. More realistically, New Bremen is now looking ahead to a game tonight against Spencerville followed by a sectional final game on Friday, March 1 against the winner of Fort Recovery and Marion Local.
New Bremen (17-4 and 7-2) will conclude their regular season tonight at Spencerville, while DSJ (14-4, 7-1) will travel to Coldwater next Friday.
MINSTER 43, VERSAILLES 42
MINSTER — Minster found a way to inch past the Tigers, 43-42 in Midwest Athletic Conference action.
Minster's Ethan Wolf hit out-of-two free throws to go ahead, 43-42 with 20.4 seconds left in action.
Wolf led Minster with 13 points, seven rebounds and seven blocks. Niemeyer finished with ten points. Hoying and Poeppelman each finished with eight points.
Versailles' Kyle Ahrens was held to 13 points. Damien Richard added 11 for the Tigers.
Minster improves to 12-8 overall and 3-5 in the MAC. Versailles falls to 15-5 on the season and 5-4 in the league. Minster travels to Troy tonight before returning home for their last regular season game against New Knoxville on Feb. 22. The Wildcats will then turn around and play New Knoxville in the first game of sectionals at Coldwater on Feb. 27.
COLDWATER 64, NEW KNOXVILLE 62
NEW KNOXVILLE — Coldwater emerged from a nip-and-nuck game against New Knoxville with a 64-62 win on Friday night.
Coldwater overcame a 24-point game from New Knoxville senior Jake Allen. Ryan Lageman added 14 points and Shane Topp had 11 points for the Rangers.
Austin Bruns led the way for the Cavaliers with 24 points, with 10 of those coming at the free throw line.
New Knoxville led 33-32 at half, but the Cavaliers outscored New Knoxville 13-9 in the third quarter.
New Knoxville’s four game winning streak came to an end. The Rangers fall to 10-9 on the season and 3-5 in the MAC. New Knoxville hits the road to go to Crestview tonight.