For Mid-Prairie boys basketball coach Chris Kern, this will go down as the one that got away.
Bellevue rallied from a nine-point fourth quarter deficit, twice forced overtime with baskets in the final seconds and escaped with a 63-61 double-overtime win over Mid-Prairie in a wild River Valley Conference game in Wellman.
The win was the first River Valley Conference victory of the season for Bellevue, which improved to 2-5 on the season while Mid-Prairie dropped to 4-3 on the season and 4-2 in RVC.
“It really does feel like one that got away,” Kern said. “The main thing is now we have to bounce back from this loss and it doesn’t get any easier.”
Mid-Prairie led 48-39 with less than five minutes and held a 52-46 lead with 80 seconds left in regulation, but Bellevue (2-5) forced overtime with a 6-0 run capped by a putback by Colby Mangler with 13 seconds left that tied the score at 52.
The Golden Hawks (4-3) had a chance to potentially put the game out of reach but made just 2-of-5 free throws in the final 3:38 of regulation.
Mid-Prairie finished 6-of-17 from the charity stripe Saturday.
“We definitely missed our share of free throws tonight,” Kern said. “To Bellevue’s credit, they did a lot of good things tonight. I thought we had numerous chances to win the game, and we probably made some mistakes that we don’t normally make.”
Mid-Prairie appeared to have the game in control again in overtime as a layup by Riley Sieren gave the Golden Hawks a 61-56 lead with 29 seconds left.
Bellevue rallied again and forced overtime when Logan DeVries hit a deep 3-pointer from the right with eight seconds left.
After hitting one 3-pointer in the opening half, Bellevue was 5-of-11 from beyond the arc in the second half and overtimes.
Mid-Prairie had a chance to win the game in both regulation and the first overtime, but Dayton Hall came up empty on 3-point attempts as time expired twice.
“Every time we would get a five or seven point lead, they had an answer,” Kern said. “Give them credit for that.”
Mid-Prairie took a 63-61 lead on a Nick Stimson jumper 14 seconds into the second overtime, but the Golden Hawks didn’t score again.
Bellevue tied the score nine seconds later on a driving layup by Tyler Banowetz and then hit three free throws in the final 32 seconds to secure the win.
Stimson led Mid-Prairie with 18 points and nine rebounds while Hall added 14 points, and Nathan Faselt had nine points before fouling out in the first overtime.
Banowetz had a game-high 23 points to lead Bellevue, which got 58 of its 66 points from four players.
Mangler and Devries both had 12 points for the Comets while Alex Hinke had 11.
“In this conference, anybody is capable on a given night of getting somebody, and if you aren’t ready to play, your time will come,” Kern said. “You have to be ready every night.”
Bellevue (66) – Tyler Banowetz 9-26 4-6 23, Logan DeVries 3-8 2-2 11, Alex Hinke 3-5 0-2 6, Chase Putman 4-11 2-2 12, Colby Mangler 4-7 3-4 12, Robert Schroeder 0-2 0-0 0, Joshua Sieverding 1-1 0-0 2, Totals 24-60 11-16 66.
Mid-Prairie (63) – Dayton Hall 5-13 1-5 14, Wyatt Cady 2-4 1-2 5, Nick Stimson 8-17 0-0 18, Nathan Faselt 4-11 1-2 9, Nolan Faselt 0-1 0-1 0, Spencer Shalla 1-5 2-3 4, Riley Sieren 4-7 0-0 8, Christian Johnson 2-5 1-4 5, Totals 26-63 6-17 63.
|Bellevue||11||11||12||18||9 5 — 66|
|Mid-Prairie||13||8||18||13||9 2 — 63|
3-point field goals – MP 5-20 (Hall 3-10, Cady 0-2, Stimson 2-7, Shalla 0-1), BEL 7-20 (Banowetz 1-4, DeVries 3-7, Putnam 2-6, Mangler 1-2, Schroeder 0-1). Rebounds – MP 39 (Stimson 9), BEL 43 (Mangler 9). Turnovers – MP 17, BEL 20. Total fouls – MP 17, BEL 20.
Fouled out – Na. Faselt. Technicals – None.