Wilmington wins OT thriller
Wilmington (72) Vs. Greenville (70)
Feb 12, 2014
By Corey J. Corbin
New Castle News

The Wilmington High boys basketball team finally got a win in overtime.

The Greyhounds, after losing their previous two overtime contests, outscored host Greenville 7-5 in the extra session to pull out a thrilling 72-70 District 10, Region 2-AA triumph last night.

Wilmington (7-4, 12-9) had lost to Union (104-97 in 3 OTs) and Reynolds (62-59) in overtime earlier in the year. The Greyhounds also have one-point losses to Mercer and Shenango on their resume.

“We finally got one,” a relieved Wilmington coach Mike Jeckavitch said. “We lost our last two games by one possession. It’s hard to lose games like that, but you can learn a lot from them. Being in those games, it opened our eyes to what we needed to do in those situations. We made plays at the end of the game. In those other games, we let the other teams make the plays.

“My guys never wavered. They fought tooth and nail, because for us, this is our playoffs.”

The ’Hounds leaped over Reynolds (7-5, 14-6), who dropped a 59-49 decision to West Middlesex last night, into second place in the region, bettering their chances of receiving a District 10 playoff bid. The Big Reds (11-0, 16-5) travel to Wilmington on Friday.

Spencer DeMedal played a major part in last night’s win. The freshman knocked down a pair of freebies with nine seconds left in overtime to break a 70-70 tie and proceeded to block the potential game-winning 3-pointer by Greenville at the buzzer.

“He was clutch from the foul line and blocked a shot at the end,” Jeckavitch said. “For a freshman to do that, that’s pretty remarkable.”

Wilmington quickly fell behind 15-6 after one quarter, but rallied to knot the score at 25 entering the break. Greenville (2-9, 8-13) built a 52-43 lead entering the fourth quarter.

“They fought hard and fought together,” Jeckavitch said. “There was never a point where they thought they were out of it. That shows the character and toughness of this team. It was definitely a team effort.”

The Greyhounds made all 10 free throws they attempted and knocked down 10 3-pointers.

“We won the game at the foul line,” Jeckavitch said. “The past two games, we missed a bunch of clutch free throws. We took care of business on the foul line tonight.”

Jordan Smith led Wilmington with a 20-point, eight-rebound effort, while DeMedal tallied 16 points. Rocco Fagan contributed 15 points and six rebounds and Jesse Hilliard added 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
Nightly Roundup
Feb 12, 2014 Nightly Roundups
Game Scoreboard
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT SCORE
Wilmington 6 19 18 22 7 72
Greenville 15 10 27 13 5 70
Box Scores
WILMINGTON (72)
Josiah Bloise 1 2-2 4
Jesse Hilliard 5 2-2 13
Rocco Fagan 5 2-2 15
Travis Brumbaugh 2 0-0 4
Jordan Smith 8 2-2 20
Dan Danus 0 0-0 0
Spencer DeMedal 5 2-2 16
Derek Nichols 0 0-0 0.
Totals: 26 10-10 72.

GREENVILLE (70)
Tyler Fattman 5 2-2 14
Luke Houpt 0 0-0 0
Trey VanAken 9 0-2 18
Andy Jones 0 0-0 0
Ben Reiser 2 1-2 6
Christian Riggle 0 0-1 0
Aaron Emmett 9 1-3 19
Trent McErlane 4 1-2 11
Zavalla 1 0-0 2.
Totals: 30 5-12 70.
WILMINGTON 6 19 18 22 7— 72
GREENVILLE 15 10 27 13 5— 70
3-point goals — Wilmington 10 (DeMedal 4, Fagan 3, Smith 2, Hilliard 1), Greenville 5 (Fattman 2, McErlane 2, Reiser 1).
JV score: Greenville 68, Wilmington 53. High scorer: W — Derek Nichols 25, Matt Zimmer 13, Marc Peoples 10.
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