EATON TWP. — Olmsted Falls, coming in with the best record in the Southwestern Conference, watched a 10-point halftime lead evaporate into a nine-point deficit with 2:57 remaining at Midview’s Kubuski Gymnasium on Tuesday night.
Suddenly, the Bulldogs came alive, outscoring Midview 14-4 over those remaining moments to stun the home crowd with a 58-57 victory.
A three-point play from senior Josh Goodwin with 7.3 seconds left gave the Bulldogs (7-2, 5-1) their first lead since owning a 36-35 advantage midway through the third quarter. Still, Midview (4-6, 2-4) had one more chance.
After taking a timeout with 4.4 seconds remaining, the Middies, inbounding from halfcourt, got the ball to senior Keith Johnson. Johnson, who finished with 18 points, got an open look from just beyond the 3-point arc. However, the ball drew iron and was rebounded by the Bulldogs as the final buzzer sounded.
“It was a rough start to the second half,” Olmsted Falls coach Chris DeLisio said. “I’m not really sure why we came out the way we did in the third and fourth quarter. Credit to Midview — they did a great job of attacking us in the second half, and I’m not shocked at all. I’ve known Jim (Brabenec) a long time and he made some great adjustments that not only got them back in the game, but gave them the lead late.”
A rare four-point play, in which a layup from Derek Rebman counted while a foul occurred on Johnson with the Bulldogs in the bonus, put Midview ahead 52-44 with 3:25 left, and Johnson split a pair of free throws with 2:57 remaining to put the Middies up 53-44.
“I thought our kids played really hard in the second half and I thought we got after it,” Brabenec said. “Olmsted Falls is a team that plays hard the entire game and we knew that if we wanted to get back into this game, we had to match their intensity, and I thought we did that.”
Sophomore Braden Galaska sank a layup despite being fouled, and even though he missed the free throw with 2:52 left, the pendulum began to shift.
After a quick steal, Goodwin drained a 3-pointer with 2:44 remaining to whittle the deficit to four. But Dustin Crum temporarily stopped the bleeding with a layup to bump Midview’s lead to 55-49 with 2:22 remaining.
Galaska drew another foul and spilt a pair of free throws with 2:14 remaining. Then, Eric Hanna made a steal at halfcourt and sprinted down for a layup to make it a 3-point game with 2:02 remaining. Hanna was fouled, but couldn’t convert the three-point play.
It stayed that way until there was 48.1 seconds remainined, when Hanna drilled a 3-pointer from the top of the key to tie the game at 55. But after a Midview timeout, Rebman converted a layup off an inbounds play with 17 seconds remaining to put the Middies up 57-55.
That set the stage for Goodwin’s final heroics. He and Hanna led the Bulldogs with 17 points apiece, but none were bigger than the final three, with the final free throw right into the teeth of the Midview student section.
“Coach drew it up — that’s what we always run when we need a basket,” said Goodwin, who shot 7-for-10 from the floor. “I did my cut, went to the basket, almost dropped the pass, but went up and got it.”
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Olmsted Falls 58, Midview 57
OLMSTED FALLS (58): Josh Goodwin 7-1-17, Eric Hanna 5-7-17, Braden Galaska 4-4-13, Alex Moore 1-0-3, Frank Harr 0-0-0, Gavin Dietrich 3-0-6, Adam Skutt 1-0-2, Tommy Lloyd 0-0-0, Matt Johnson 0-0-0. Totals 21-8-58.
MIDVIEW (57): Derek Rebman 9-0-19, Keith Johnson 5-8-18, Dustin Crum 2-0-5, Isiah Johnson 2-0-4, Gage Carnes 1-2-4, Seamus Higley 2-0-5, Chris Verda 0-2-2, Vince Birth 0-0-0. Totals 21-12-57.
Olmsted Falls 10 19 11 18 — 58
Midview 11 8 23 15 — 57
Three-point goals: Olmsted Falls 8-17 (Hanna 4, Goodwin 2, Moore, Galaska), Midview 3-12 (Higley, Crum, Rebman); Field goals: Olmsted Falls 21-43 (49 percent), Midview 21-42 (50 percent); Free throws: Olmsted Falls 8-17 (47 percent), Midview 12-15 (80 percent); Rebounds: Olmsted Falls 29 (Galaska 7), Midview 22 (Rebman 12); Turnovers: Olmsted Falls 21, Midview 19; Fouls: Olmsted Falls 17, Midview 18. Fouled Out: Higley, Carnes.
Junior varsity: Midview, 45-43