|Schimmoeller basket at buzzer gives Big Green PCL win|
|Wednesday, February 06, 2013 2:33 PM|
The game was a very low-scoring, defensive battle with the Big Green sneaking out a thrilling 29-28 win over the Musketeers.
The Musketeers, directed by veteran head coach John Von Sossan, came into the game this evening after winning a non-league matchup earlier in the season over the Big Green back on Dec. 14 at Ft. Jennings.
The first quarter, as was the case with each quarter of play, was very low-scoring on both sides. The Big Green scored first at the 6:20 mark when senior Derek Schimmoeller drove the lane and connected on a short jumper. It would be the only two points for the Big Green in the quarter. The Musketeers, on the other hand, scored eight unanswered points to take an 8-2 lead after one quarter of play.
Senior Kurt Warnecke had four points, sophomore Nick Von Sossan had a 3-ball and senior Brandon Kohli rounded out the scoring, going 1-of-2 from the stripe.
The second quarter found both teams unable to dent the scoreboard until the 5:00 mark when Schimmoeller forced a Musketeer turnover at mid-court and lasered a pass to sophomore Austin Honigford for a driving layup, reducing the deficit to 8-4. Both teams did not score again until the 2:30 mark when sophomore Tyler Roby connected on a deep 3-ball to shrink the Musketeer lead to 8-7. The Musketeers only scored four points in the quarter, coming at the 1:35 and 1:00 marks with junior Josh Wittler and Kohli connecting on baskets in the lane. Junior Luke Schimmoeller rounded out the scoring at the 44-second mark for the Big Green as he connected on a 15-footer to bring the halftime score to 12-9, Musketeers.
The second half saw sophomore Connor Wallenhorst open up the third quarter by connecting on five points for the visitors. Warnecke added another deuce to the Musketeer total of seven points for the period.
The Big Green outscored the Musketeers 9-7 in the third to reduce the visitors’ lead to 19-18. Derek Schimmoeller and Ryan Honigford got baskets for the home team but the big points for the home squad again came from Roby with his second three of the game; Luke Schimmoeller hit a fadeaway shot as time expired in the quarter as Ottoville trailed 19-18.
Coach Todd Turnwald of the Big Green was happy to see Roby step up this night: “Tyler was absolutely huge for us tonight with three 3-pointers. We’ve brought him along slowly this season but he’s been practicing more and more with the varsity. He’s a very skilled player – we just have to keep him playing at a consistent level every day.”
Both teams have struggled all year on closing out games and this night was no exception as both teams found themselves in the lead during the final minutes of play. The Big Green started strong in the final quarter by scoring four quick points on the Musketeers and taking their biggest lead of the game, 22-19. Not to be outdone, the Musketeers fought right back with five points of their own behind a basket by sophomore Austin Kehres and a deep three by Von Sossan to take the lead back, 24-22.
The final three minutes of play were by far the most exciting of the game as it became nail-biting time for both teams, coaches and fans. Luke Schimmoeller connected on two foul shots at the 3:40 mark to tie the game at 24-24. Von Sossan came right back with a shot from the left wing, giving the visitors a 2-point lead, 26-24. Roby, after a missed foul shot by Warnecke on the other end, drilled his third 3-pointer of the game at the 35.1-second mark to give the Big Green a 27-26 lead.
After a Musketeer timeout, they inbounded the ball and it looked like the Big Green were going to get the ball back but after the ball seemed to bounce back and forth to each team like a pinball game, the Musketeers scooped it up and found Warnecke alone under the basket to give the visitors a 28-27 lead with 9.8 seconds to go. After two timeouts and two Musketeer fouls because they only had four team fouls at that point, the Big Green found themselves with the ball out of bounds with 4.2 seconds to go. They set a double screen to free up Luke Schimmoeller and he did not disappoint as he drove the lane, faded back and drilled the game-winning basket through the net as time expired.
For Schimmoeller, it was a shot that every kid dreams about growing up: “We knew they were going to try to run some seconds off the clock. They fouled me twice but Coach told me to go ‘back to the same thing. We’re going to screen for you and you got to make the bucket.’ It’s something you dream about – making a game-winner – and you don’t know exactly how it’s going to go but it feels great – we needed a win.”
The Big Green (7-11, 2-3 PCL) were led in scoring by Roby and Luke Schimmoeller with nine and eight points, respectively. The home team was 12-41 (29%) from the field, 2-4 (50%) from the foul line, hauled in 17 rebounds and only committed 5 turnovers. They host Continental for another PCL matchup Friday (6:30 p.m.).