“Turnabout is fair play.”
When Barnesville traveled to Caldwell on December 28 the Shamrocks had an 18-point third-quarter lead and lost in overtime. Friday at Barnesville, the Redskins had as much as an 11-point third quarter lead, but the Shamrock rallied for a 60-50 victory.
“They stole one from us at their place,” Barnesville coach Chris Pack stated, “and we stole one from them tonight.”
It was a 28-point fourth quarter surge that propelled the ’Rocks to the win including a 15-of-18 effort from the foul line after hitting just 3-of-6 in the first half.
“In the first half, we missed free throws and lay-ups,” Pack related. “In the second half, it got easier when we started to make those. Caldwell came out in the second half more focused than we were and we were flat the first couple of possessions which was a little scary.
“The key for us was to hold them to get one bad shot and for us to get two or three chances,” the BHS coach added. “We are a better defensive team than we showed tonight. We played defense just well enough to win.”
Caldwell (3-14) opened the game with a 16-10 first-quarter advantage connecting on four “treys” and raised the margin by a pair the second round outscoring the Shamrocks 12-10 to take a 28-20 lead at the intermission.
The Redskins strung together a 5-1 run at the outset of the second half to post the 11-point spread with 5:17 showing in the third and then Barnesville slowly began its comeback sparked by a three-pointer from David Stewart.
The ’Rocks cut the deficit to two points (34-32) with 27 seconds remaining in the third frame, but Tanner Harding buried a “triple” with three ticks showing to leave the Redskins clinging to a 37-32 lead.
Barnesville (7-12) completed the comeback by the midpoint of the fourth round when sophomore Isaac McGee put the ’Rocks in front for good with a “three” at the 4:18 mark to give Barnesville its first lead of the game at 42-40.
The Shamrocks added a pair of bonus tosses by Dylan MacMillan to up the difference to 44-40, but Justin Figel pulled the ’Skins back within a point with a three-ball with 3:17 left. A free throw by MacMillan and a “triple” from Stewart upped the margin to five (48-43) at the 2:16 juncture. A bucket by junior Jonathon Wiechman with 59 seconds showing got the Redskins within three at 51-48.
It then became a free throw shooting contest, with the Shamrocks pouring in 5-of-6 from the line to raise the difference to 56-48 before Wiechman stopped the slide with a pair of bonus tosses, making the score 56-50 with 34 ticks left.
Caldwell was forced to foul and Stewart and MacMillan each cashed in on a pair to provide the 60-50 final.
“We are still making young mistakes,” Caldwell coach Clint Crane lamented, “and at some point it has to change. Things started to go bad and we rushed and took poor shots. We are not mentally tough. They made free throws when they had to and we missed some the second half.
“They (Barnesville) played a zone and we weren’t patient and took the first thing we could get,” he added. “We don’t attack zones well and settled for the first thing we looked at. We also tend not to be focused as well when we play on the road.”
Pack concurred with that assessment in the second half.
“When they were playing with the lead,” he said, “they attacked the zone better. We got them to hurry and take some bad shots. Ike’s (Isaac McGee) ‘three’ kind of ignited us and we had balanced scoring. We were very unselfish, especially the second half, and shared the ball well.”
Caldwell shot just 31.1 percent (19-of-61) including a 6-of-23 effort from beyond the arc. The ’Skins added 6-of-12 from the foul line. Wiechman led the way with 18 points followed by Figel with 14, while Harding finished with nine on three “treys”.
Barnesville hit 18-of-50 floor shots for 36 percent and tacked on 19-of-30 from the charity stripe including the 15-of-18 in the final frame. Stewart led four players in double figures with 13 points followed by MacMillan with 11. Brandon Burkhart and McGee finished with 10 each, while Jacob Anderson and Zach Houston chipped in with eight points each.
The Shamrocks controlled the boards with a 53-38 rebounding advantage. Houston paced the ’Rocks with 13 boards, with Burkhart adding nine and MacMillan eight. Wiechman pulled down nine to lead Caldwell and Figel added seven.
NEXT— Barnesville entertains Buckeye Local in an OVAC consolation tilt on Wednesday. JV action begins at 6 p.m.
BARNESVILLE 60, CALDWELL 50
Daniel Leasure 1-2 1-2 3, Tanner Baker 1-2 2-3 4. Tanner Clark 1-6 0-0 2, Justin Figel 6-10 0-3 14, Caleb Heller 0-1 0-0 0, Jonathon Wiechman 7-25 3-4 18, Kyler McElfresh 0-0 0-0 0, Tanner Harding 3-15 0-0 9. Totals 19-61 6-12 50.
Jacob Anderson 3-8 2-5 8, Brandon Burkhart 5-11 0-2 10, Dylan MacMillan 2-8 7-9 11, David Stewart 3-11 4-4 13, Isaac McGee 2-5 4-6 10, Zach Houston 3-7 2-4 8. Totals 18-50 19-30 60.
Caldwell 16 12 9 13 — 50
Barnesville 10 10 12 28 — 60
Three point goals— CHS 6-23 (Clark 0-2, Figel 2-4, Wiechman 1-3, Harding 3-14); BHS 5-11 (MacMillan 0-1, Stewart 3-6, McGee 2-4). Rebounds—CHS 38 (Wiechman 9, Figel 7, Harding 5); BHS 53 (Houston 13, Burkhart 9, MacMillan 8, Stewart 6). Assists—CHS 8 (Clark 3, Wiechman 2); BHS 10 (MacMillan 7). Steals—CHS 6 (Wiechman 4); BHS 8 (MacMillan 4). Blocked Shots—CHS 3 (Clark, Figel, Wiechman); BHS 3 (Houston 2, MacMillan). Fouls—CHS 22; BHS 12. Fouled Out—CHS (Clark, Harding); BHS (none). Turnovers—CHS 10; BHS 10.