Crimson Tide Remain Undefeated With Win Over Red Hawks
By: Brian Burkhart Prep Reporter Twitter: @BrianESPN
Edgerton hadn’t led in its nonconference rivalry game at Milton since the early minutes of the second quarter on Friday night. With the clock ticking down toward the final minute, the Edgerton Crimson Tide had yet to make a shot from beyond the arc. Tide senior Brooks Johnson ended all of that with one shot, Johnson buried a wide-open three with just over a minute left to help send the Tide and Milton Red Hawks into overtime.
Overtime was where the Tide capped off a clutch night at the free throw line with a 65-58 victory. It helped the Tide, who are ranked No. 4 in the Division 3 standings, stay undefeated at 9-0 on the season. The Red Hawks had led every step of the way since the two teams shook off some rust over the opening eight minutes, which saw both teams have many sloppy turnovers. Red Hawks Drew and Noah Johnson scored 17 of their combined 29 points in the first half to help build their lead, and they didn’t back down defensively either. The Tide missed its first 11 attempts from beyond the arc and made only 17 field goals in the game.
The Red Hawks did all this without their leading scorer Tyler Westrick who has been out with a leg injury. The Tide worked their way to the line down the stretch. A four-point possession, thanks to an intentional foul brought them within two points with less than six minutes remaining the game, and four straight free throws made it 47-47 a minute later. The Tide though weren’t able to pull back in front until the final 75 seconds, with Johnsons three pointer.
The Hawks did snare the lead back on the scoreboard, however thanks to a pair of free throws by Noah Johnson that made it 51-50. The Tide called a timeout with 11 seconds left in regulation and set up a play to feed Breenan Deegan down low. The forward, who scored 11 points, drew a foul and made one free throw to tie the game and send it into overtime. The Tide shot only 36 percent from the floor in regulation, but it made 41 trips to the line over the course of the game and cashed in on 30 of them.
They also went 10-12 from the line in the overtime period. The Tide stars of the game were James Fox and Adam Converse, who combined for six points in the first half, but finished with 17 and 16. Drew Johnson for the Red Hawks led the team with 15 in the loss. Johnson of the Tide had nine points on one made field goal, but that field goal was the biggest of the game. The Tide will put their undefeated record on the line when they host conference foe Evansville next Friday night.
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