OLMSTED FALLS — Midview didn’t have much time and seemingly not much of a chance when it got the ball for the final possession Friday against Olmsted Falls.
The Middies did have Jonny Manning though and that turned out to be more than enough.
With only 1.5 seconds with which to work after a late Bulldogs miss, the junior caught a deflected three-quarter-court inbounds pass, pulled up at the free throw line extended and hoisted a shot that rattled in as the buzzer sounded to seal a 50-48 upset win for the Middies.
The win pulled the Middies (6-4) into a tie for second in the Southwestern Conference at 5-2 with Falls and North Ridgeville, which defeated Avon 62-59 Friday. Lakewood is in first at 7-0.
“My coach just told me on the sidelines, ‘If you catch it, you’ve got to shoot it because you don’t have a ton of time,’ so when I caught it, I just tried to get the best clean shot that I could,” Manning said with a smile. “Once it left my hand, I knew it was going in.
“All I was focused on was the rim.”
Obviously a long deflected pass and an improbable runner at the buzzer was just how Midview coach Jim Brabenec drew things up in the final timeout, right?
“I saw the pass was a little off right, and Jonny, having the wingspan that he does, somehow comes down with it,” Brabenec said.
“The ball goes in and I immediately look at the refs to see if it’s good, and they counted it, so credit to Jon for hitting the shot.”
Manning scored a game-high 17 points, but he had plenty of help as Dane Reichard added 15 points and Andrew Gooch 10.
Reichard scored all his points in the second half on five 3-pointers. He buried three threes in the third quarter and knocked down a pair in the fourth, including one from the left corner with 2:16 to play that cut Olmsted Falls’ lead to 48-45.
“My teammates were getting me the ball, and the hoop felt big tonight,” Reichard said. “I was feeling good. I haven’t been hitting them that great this year, and everyone’s kept me positive, kept telling me to shoot, and I was able to knock them down tonight.”
“Dane hasn’t played in the last two or three games because he’s been hurt, and this was his first game back,” Brabenec said. “We weren’t even sure if he was going to play tonight, and then he comes in and has the game that he does. Props to him, man. Props to Dane and the rest of the guys.”
Midview was down 11 after the first quarter and trailed by 17 late in the third after Bulldogs guard Braden Galaska knocked down his second 3-pointer from the top of the key.
However, when Olmsted Falls tried to run out the clock with extended possessions, the Middies forced more turnovers (six) than they allowed shots (four) or points (two) in the fourth quarter.
“I’m just so proud of our guys, the way we kept playing,” Brabenec said. “We’re down 17. We’re not making layups, we’re not making free throws, but we did not use it as an excuse. We defended. We kept rebounding the basketball. We just kept playing hard, man. I’m proud of our guys.”
Olmsted Falls coach Chris Delisio took the blame for the loss.
“We had some untimely turnovers,” he said. “We should’ve stayed on the attack, and, like I said, that’s on me.”
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Midview 50, Olmsted Falls 48
MIDVIEW (50): Isiah Johnson 2-1-6, Andrew Gooch 4-0-10, Dan Richard 5-0-15, Marcell Young 1-0-2, Jonny Manning 8-1-17. Totals 20-2-50.
OLMSTED FALLS (48): Eric Hanna 5-0-12, Braden Galaska 5-0-12, Michael Fritz 2-0-6, Gavin Dietrich 3-0-7, Ryan Higginbotham 3-0-6, Chuck Backus 1-0-3, Kevin Eiseman 1-0-2. Totals 20-0-48.
Midview 14 7 14 15 — 50
Olmsted Falls 25 4 17 2 — 48
Three-point goals: Olmsted Falls 8-20 (Hanna 2, Galaska 2, Fritz 2, Dietrich 1, Backus 1), Midview 8-16 ( Reichard 5, Gooch 2, Johnson 1). Field goals: Olmsted Falls 20-42 (47.6 percent), Midview 20-48 (41.7 percent). Free throws: Olmsted Falls 0-1, Midview 2-9 (22.2 percent). Rebounds: Olmsted Falls 26, Midview 24. Turnovers: Olmsted Falls 16, Midview 14.
Junior varsity: Olmsted Falls, 35,26