Reggie Miller’s series of 3s that helped the Indiana Pacers rally to beat the New York Knicks ranks as one of the most improbable basketball comebacks to Cole Feldpausch.
The improbable late rally by his Dansville boys basketball team Friday ranks just as high for the Aggies coach.
Dansville overcame an eight-point deficit with 15 seconds remaining to rally and force overtime on its way to a 46-38 win over Galesburg-Augusta in a Class C district final.
“As a fan, I’ve seldom seen teams come back from that deficit in that amount of time,” Feldpausch said. “That’s a testament to the guys for believing when I asked them to, for not giving up and then for being able to convert like they did.”
Carter Frantz and Ben Lober each hit 3s during the late push for Dansville. The Aggies (9-13) then received a technical for knocking the ball out of bounds.
Galesburg-Augusta didn’t convert the technical free throws with around 4.6 seconds remaining, but split free throws after another quick foul to go ahead two.
That’s when Frantz received a full-court pass and hit a layup to send the contest to overtime.
“A lot of things went right for us to be able just to send it to overtime,” Feldpausch said.
From there Dansville had all the momentum and was able to finish off the victory for its first district crown since 2000.
“It was a difficult season in the CMAC and we lost a lot of tough games,” Feldpausch said of his young team. “At the end of every loss we’d pull it back together and say we still want to win districts, we still have that goal in front of us. To the guys’ credit they kept believing every practice and after every game and we kept working towards it.
“Here we are in the district championship with it sort of slipping away from us and we dug deep and refused to lose and that’s a real credit to them and something we can definitely build on going forward.”
Dansville will try to build on that and continue its run Monday when it faces Addison in a regional semifinal at Adrian Madison.
“It’s March and anything can happen if we can get hot here and kind of build on that momentum from the end of the game,” Feldpausch said. “If we can play loose, have some fun out there and knock down some shots, we know we can do some special things and keep this thing going.”