Trailing heading into the fourth quarter, the Pacelli boys basketball team was in dire need of its offense to come alive.
Powered by the outside shooting of Colin Jamison and Isaac Elliot, the Cardinals found exactly what they were looking for.
Pacelli rallied to force overtime and then completed the comeback in style to down Pittsville 55-49 on Saturday in Boys American Division action in the 41st annual Sentry Classic at Quandt Fieldhouse.
The Cardinals went unbeaten in a pair of games at its home tournament after defeating Winneconne 52-43 on Thursday.
“We sleep-walked through the first three quarters,” Pacelli coach Brad Rutta said. “The bench was key for us, because without them, we may have had a loss tonight.”
The Cardinals trailed 34-27 heading into the fourth quarter after Pittsville’s offense exploded for 17 points in the third quarter, paced by the inside game of Sawyer Ladick and Brad Wesley, who tallied six and five points, respectively, in the period.
Sparking the Pacelli comeback was the long-range shooting of Jamison, who knocked down a pair of 3-pointers to finish with 10 points. Brett O’Sullivan and Isaac Elliot also finished in double figures with 13 and 11 points, respectively.
“Colin is capable of shooting like he did tonight all the time, and when he does it, it’s contagious,” Rutta said.
In the extra session, the Cardinals got steady production from the paint, but did most of their damage from the free throw line.
Pacelli went 10 for 14 from the line, while limiting the Panthers to just six points and prevented second-chance point opportunities with solid rebounding to end Pittsville possessions.
The inability to do some of the little things in the fourth quarter came back to haunt the Panthers.
“We were ready to play, but we missed a couple of assignments to start the fourth quarter,” Pittsville coach Dan Hoffa said. “We didn’t capitalize when we had the chances, and they did. We let one slip away tonight.”
Early on, Pittsville played strong inside bolstered by Ladick, who tallied nine of his game-high 17 points in the first quarter, helping stake the Panthers to an 11-9 lead after the first eight minutes.
Pittsville’s production slowed in the second quarter, but it was still able to take a 17-13 lead into the locker room.
“We were rolling in the third quarter, and made big defensive stops, but came out flat in the fourth,” Hoffa said. “I can’t fault the effort of the guys, but we have to do better at closing out games.”
Cardinals 55, Panthers 49 (OT)
Pacelli (55): Brett O’Sullivan 13, Isaac Elliot 11, Colin Jamison 10, James Gollon 7, Adam Kluck 6, Nathan Glodowski 3, Jacob Feltz 3, Troy Flugaur 2.
Pittsville (49): Sawyer Ladick 17, Trail Pierce 12, Brad Wesley 10, Gabe Hautala 8, Kyle Kolar 2.
3-pointers: Pacelli 6 (Kluck 2, Jamison 2, Glodowski, Elliot); Pittsville 4 (Ladick 3, Wesley).
Records: Pacelli 5-4, Pittsville 5-6.