Hilltoppers' second half rally falls short, 46-45
Monday, January 20, 2014 10:00 AM
A quest for a second win of the season just barely eluded Shawe Saturday as the Hilltoppers were edged 46-45 by New Washington on homecoming night at Meny Gym.
CONTESTED: Shawe’s Sid Thevenow (33) takes a shot over New Washington’s Zach Moore (40) Saturday. Shawe lost the game 46-45 on homecoming. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchiefirstname.lastname@example.org)
After storming back from a seven-point halftime deficit, the Hilltoppers put themselves in position to steal the victory late in the fourth quarter.
After New Washington's Logan Miles and Devin Herron and Shawe's Kaelan Jines and Grayson Rhoten traded shots early, the Mustangs held a 46-45 lead with seconds to play.
With around 15 seconds remaining, a Shawe foul put Miles at the free throw line for a one-and-bonus and the missed first foul shot provided the opening Shawe needed. The Hilltoppers grabbed the rebound and threw an outlet pass to Jines whose quick 3-point attempt fell off the rim and was picked up by the Mustangs.
Miles was fouled again and put back on the foul stripe for another one-and-one and just like his previous trip, the shot clanged off the iron to be scooped up by Shawe for one last chance at the win.
Shawe called a timeout with 2.3 seconds to go. Afterwards, the Hilltoppers inbounded and threw a near three-quarter court pass that found Brad Koehler near the top of the key. Koehler, however, was met by a New Washington defender who went body-to-body with the sophomore to prevent the game-winner.
"That was what we wanted," Shawe coach Matt Traylor said of the final play. "We put Sid Thevenow on the inbounds and were hoping for a quick pass and shoot. It didn't work but that's a play we need to be able execute."
While the final score resulted in yet another loss, the game proved to be the grittiest performance the Hilltoppers have turned in to date. Even with some of the season's long struggles continuing within, Traylor was able to take some positive out of his young team after Saturday.
"I thought that was as physical as we've played all year," Traylor said. "I'm not big into moral victories and this game will go in the loss column no matter what but when we came off the floor tonight it was nice for this team to get the applause from our fans like they did. The crowd recognized the effort these kids gave tonight."
After being tied 7-7 midway through the first quarter, New Washington pushed ahead the remainder of the first half and led 34-27.
Although Shawe looked much improved offensively, putting four players in the score column and drilling four 3-pointers, the Mustangs answered with six 3-pointers including four in the second quarter.
But the tables turned in the second half. After New Washington's offense blasted a relaxed Shawe defense in the first half, the Hilltoppers switched things up and put in a half-court trap that limited any type of offensive rhythm for the Mustangs over the final two quarters.
Despite the loss, Shawe held New Washington to only 12 points in the second half and scored 18 of its own in the comeback attempt.
"We did a much better job defending in the second half," Traylor said. "I'm not sure what we were doing in the first half. Maybe it was because of homecoming but we weren't there mentally on defense and it hurt because we then had to play catch up. But we made them speed up in the second half and it was a big help. We have to be able to do that from the opening tip until the end of the game."
Jines led all scorers with 21 points including 13 in the first half including five 3-pointers. Koehler added 11.
Miles hit four 3-pointers to lead New Washington with 12 points. James Clemons and Herron added 11 and 10, respectively.
Shawe (1-11) visits Jac-Cen-Del on Friday for an Ohio River Valley Conference game.
Saturday's Boys Game
NEW WASHINGTON 46, SHAWE 45
NEW WASHINGTON 16 18 6 6 - 46
SHAWE 10 17 11 7 - 45
NEW WASHINGTON (4-8) - Miles 12, (g)Clemons 11, (g)Herron 10, (f)Moore 8, (g)Ellison 3, (f)Zimmerman 2, Matthews 0, Horton 0, House 0, Wilson 0, Hudnall 0, Seals 0.
SHAWE (1-11) - (g)Jines 21, (f)Koehler 11, (g)Rhoten 9, (f)W.Grote 2, (f)Thevenow 2, C.Grote 0.
3-Point Goals - New Washington 9 (Miles 4, Clemons 2, Herron 2, Ellison 1), Shawe 7 (Jines 5, Koehler 2). Rebounds - New Washington 37 (Moore 15), Shawe 22 (Rhoten 5). Assists - New Washington 14 (Ellison 5, Miles 5), Shawe 13 (Thevenow 4). Turnovers - New Washington 13, Shawe 6. Total Fouls - New Washington 10, Shawe 9. Free Throws - New Washington 1-4, Shawe 2-4. Fouled Out - None. Next Game - New Washington visits Austin Friday; Shawe visits Jac-Cen-Del Friday.