Barnesville outlasts Steubenville Catholic in double-OT thriller
BARNESVILLE — High school basketball fans at the Green House on Wednesday were treated to their money’s worth.
Host Barnesville put five players in double figures, knocked down countless big shots from a diverse assortment of players and made just enough stops to defeat Steubenville Catholic 84-76 in a double-overtime thriller on Senior Night in Barnesville.
Kasen Powell led the way with 23 points and seven 3-pointers, but multiple Shamrocks came up big when called upon.
“These kids worked hard this week and prepared for a close game,” Barnesville coach Johnny Hines said. “We made some mistakes down the stretch, but they stepped up and made some big plays and big shots and I’m proud of their effort.
“My hats off to (Steubenville Catholic) as well. Those guys are coming off a long break and they gave a great effort.”
The Crusaders hadn’t played since late December but showed no signs of rust throughout this one. Senior Charles Miller caught fire early and didn’t let up, finishing with 34 points while going 15 of 21 from the field.
SCC’s main method of attack throughout most of the game was dribble penetration and Miller worked it to near perfection. Ryan Gorman, who finished with 19, and Vince Carapellotti also got involved in aggressively attacked off the dribble.
Barnesville (3-5) countered with what it does best—rain down 3-pointers from the corners and wings. Joining Powell in the barrage was Evan Hudson, who hit six triples and finished with 18 points. The Shamrocks hit 16 total for the game.
The fourth quarter saw a game effort from freshman Asa Geillenger, who scored 10 of his 13 in the quarter. It appeared like Barnesville might pull away for good, but the Crusaders got a couple of 3-pointers from Gorman and a Carapellotti putback off a missed free throw to send the game into the first overtime.
The first OT nearly saw Steubenville Catholic pull out the win. But Hudson hit his fifth of six 3-pointers from the wing to knot the score at 72 apiece as the horn sounded, sending the game to double overtime.
“That was a huge shot by Evan Hudson to tie it up, and then (Haden) Skinner made a big rebound off a missed free throw and we were able to make our foul shots down the stretch,” Hines said. “It was a monster win for the kids on senior night.”
In the second overtime, both Powell and Hudson hit a final 3-pointer each and after a couple turnovers, SCC was forced to start fouling. Jeremy Hunkler answered when called upon, making 5 of 6 at the line in the fourth to seal the deal.
Hunkler finished with 10 points and Colton Hines added another solid night with 16. But it was Hines late defensive effort which proved most beneficial.
Miller was nigh unstoppable through three quarters of play attacking the basket. Coach Hines wanted to put Colton on Miller, but opted to wait to not take a chance of getting his point guard in foul trouble.
Colton Hines eventually drew Miller as his assignment, first in man and then as part of a box-and-one to force another Crusaders’ player to beat them. Miller was held to four points in the fourth and just two on 1 of 4 shooting combined in both overtimes.
“We wanted to go with Colton early (on Miller), but he got into foul trouble the last game and we needed him on offense too," Hines said. “So, we put him on (Miller) in the second half and then came out in a box-and-one and chase him around a bit and Colton defended him very well.”
Barnesville also captured the junior varsity contest with a 53-31 victory. Logan Dodd led three double-digit scorers with 21 points, bolstered by four 3-pointers. Taison Starr backed him with 13 points while Luke Detling added 10. Daniel Bolster led the Crusaders with seven.
NEXT: Barnesville returns to action Friday when the Shamrocks play host to the River Pilots.