Tied with 6 seconds left in regulation, Manogue inbounded the ball and swung it to Collin Bernard who curled around the defense and drove the key, putting up a short floater that rattled in to give the Miners a thrilling 53-51 victory over Reed in the boys basketball Division I Northern Region Tournament quarterfinal game held at Reed on Tuesday night.
Bernard led Manogue in scoring with 5 points in the first quarter but was held scoreless in the second and third quarters. Early in the fourth quarter, Bernard hit a shot to end his drought but did not score again until the final shot of the game sealed the victory for the Miners.
Derek Novsek scored consistently for Manogue as he led all scores for the Miners with 21 points for the game. None of his points were bigger for the Miners than his two-point bucket to start Manogue off in the fourth quarter. He followed that shot up with a 3-pointer with under 7 minutes to play in the fourth.
Novsek’s shot gave the Miners the lead for the first time since early in the second quarter.
“It’s not just me shooting but my teammates screening and getting me open looks that helped me score,” said Novsek. “We came out in the second half playing to win.”
Reed relied on the shooting of Devin Herbert throughout the game. Herbert had 7 points in the first quarter and 8 points in the second quarter.
Coming out of the half, Herbert was held scoreless in the third quarter where Reed as a team was held to 7 points.
“I just didn’t come out in the second half playing with the same intensity that I had,” said Herbert. “In the fourth quarter we turned it around and started playing harder.”
Herbert overcame the Miner’s defense in the fourth and scored 7 points for the Raiders. Three of his points came from free throws due to the tight defense Manogue used to slow down his scoring. Herbert’s second layup of the quarter tied the game at 47 with 1:58 left in the quarter.
With 40 seconds left, Manogue’s James Cantwell who had only made two free throws in the game was fouled and sent to the line. He had shot 2 of 4 from the charity strip in the game up to that point. He hit both shots on his one-and-one opportunity giving Manogue a three-point lead.
Looking for offense, Reed turned to Jamel Ramos who hit two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. Ramos’ second bucket tied the game at 51 with just 17 seconds left in the game.
Inbounding, the Miners drove the floor looking for an open look until Manogue’s coach Ralph Fields called a time out with 6 seconds on the clock. The play was designed to get the ball inside but Reed’s defense forced the ball outside the arch where Bernard drove it in for the winning score.
BISHOP MANOGUE 53, REED 51
LEADING ALL SCORES:– Devin Herbert scored 22 points to lead all scores for the game.
PRESSING: Both teams used full-court presses to create turnovers and control the flow of the game.
UNLUCKY SEVENS: Both defenses held the opposing team to just 7 points in the third quarter.