Irvin’s 3-Pointer Lifts Valley in OT
Down four points at 81-77 with 37.6 seconds remaining in overtime, the Lumberjacks’ Dylan Irvin drilled a 3-pointer to close the gap to a one point. St. Marys then drew a player control foul to give the ball to Valley under their own basket. After the in-bounds pass, the ‘Jacks Tucker Cain took it inside and dished it off to a wide-open Irvin for the winning bucket.
St. Marys missed a long ball and quickly fouled Cain who buried both attempts to finish give the Lumberjacks an exciting 84-81 overtime win, Feb. 5 in Pine Grove. “I new it was money,” Irvin said. “I was just hoping I was behind the arc.”
“What a game,” said Valley Head Coach John Kocher. “We were down 81-80 and we didn’t give up we got a charge and then made our shots when it counted. It was a total team effort.”
Cain opened the scoring for with a turn-around jumper and a runner, and shortly later, Irvin finished off a Valley fast break to give the hosts a 6-0 lead.
St Marys scored the next four points, before Irvin drilled a basket. The Devils sank two freebies at the line that forced Valley into calling a time-out. After the break, Cain canned one from the corner, but St Marys answered with three straight buckets to take its first lead of the night.
Irvin tied it up with a basket inside, before Joey Preat nailed two free throws to give Valley the lead. The Devils tied it up, but Preat knocked down a 3-pointer to give Valey a 17-14 lead after one period of non-stop action.
Cain tipped in a basket off a Irvin miss to open the second period scoring. The two teams traded baskets for the biggest part of the second stanza, but the Blue Devils went into the locker room on top, 37-33 at the half.
St. Marys opened its biggest lead with a basket to open the third period of play, but Alex Midcap and Preat scored the next three baskets before the Devils responded.
Both teams kept trading baskets the rest of the period, before the ‘Jacks Trey Streets nailed a jumper at the buzzer to knot the game at 51-51 entering the fourth period.
Cain opened the fourth quarter the same way he did the first and second periods, with a basket to give Valley the lead. Teammate Levi Streets nailed a jumper to give Valley a four-point cushion, but the Devils scored four of their next six points.
Both teams traded baskets once more, with Valley on top 69-68 when Trey Street sank a basket from beyond the arc with two minutes remaining.
Both teams traded baskets, before Midcap nailed two straight free throws to give the hosts a two-point lead, but St Marys wouldn’t go down without a fight and made two freebies to end regulation all knotted up to force a four minute overtime period.
St. Marys scored the first two baskets, before Trey Streets answered with a pair of free throws, and the rest was history as Irvin scored five of the ‘Jacks next seven points to give Valley its first Hometown Invitational Tournament Championship appearance this Saturday at RCB High School.
Valley had three players with double-doubles. Irvin led all-scorers with 24 points and 10 rebounds, with Preat adding 13 points and 10 rebounds and Midcap netting 12 points and 10 rebounds. Cain stuffed the stat sheet with 18 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals, while Levi Streets netted five points.
With the win, Valley will play Van at RCB High School either Friday or Saturday for the H.I.T. Championship depending if what they do against Trinity in the OVAC semifinal tonight. If they beat Trinity, the Lumberjacks will play for the OVAC Class A championship at OUE Saturday at 12:30 p.m.