Fayette boys basketball lost just its second game of the year Monday, falling 51-50 to visiting Maumee Valley Country Day in overtime and snapping the Eagles’ five game winning streak.
They now sit at 8-2 on the season.
MVCD bounced back from a halftime deficit, outscoring Fayette 19-10 in the third period and carrying a 34-30 advantage into the fourth. Amani Dickerson and Talon Kuhl each pegged a pair of 3-pointers in the third, including Dickerson’s as the horn sounded that put the Hawks up by four.
They then doubled that margin in the first 2:25 of the fourth by way of Christian Majors’ putback basket and a long deuce from Levon Graham.
The Eagles got back into it from the free throw line, with Quinn Mitchell knocking down a pair and Owen Lemley going 1 for 2. However, Kuhl scored in the paint at the other end, and Majors hit a triple with 3:35 to go that increased the Hawk lead to 10, 43-33.
Fayette would pick up its sense of urgency over the final three plus minutes, tightening up defensively and attacking the basket on offense. They finished regulation on an 11-1 run.
Mitchell scored five straight points — including 3 of 4 at the line — to slice the deficit in half at 43-38 with 1:45 to play. Then 19 seconds later, Elijah Lerma swiped the ball from MVCD and went to the hoop for a bucket, also tacking on a free throw that brought them within two, 43-41.
Kuhl split a pair from the foul line for the Hawks with 35 seconds remaining. Mitchell answered the bell for Fayette, sinking a triple with 22 seconds to go and tying the game at 44. MVCD could not cash in on its final possession, thus sending the game to overtime.
Fayette looked to take control in the extra session as Lerma hit a pair of free throws and Mitchell added a layup, then later they led 50-47 with 47 seconds to go after two Wyatt Mitchell free throws. But mayhem ensued from there.
With 37 seconds to go Dickerson laid one in, followed by the Hawks stealing the ball which led to a bucket by Kuhl and a 51-50 advantage.
The Eagles had the last shot, but Lerma’s midrange jumper went off the front of the iron and the final seconds ticked off the clock.
“MVCD kind of took us out of our comfort zone,” explained Fayette Coach Todd Mitchell. “We weren’t able to get into our offenses and we had some defensive breakdowns. I was happy that our kids kept competing all the way until the end. We need to learn from it and move on.”
Threes by Quinn Mitchell and Lerma helped the Eagles build a 10-3 advantage with less than three minutes left in the opening period. However, the Hawks got within three by the end of the frame after hoops from Jaden Burnette and Dickerson.
Fayette bumped the margin back to seven on multiple occasions in the second quarter, including at 18-11 following a Lerma putback with 3:17 before halftime.
MVCD responded by way of an aggressive drive and score from Dickerson plus a coast-to-coast layup by David Parcher. Lerma’s midrange jumper gave the Eagles a 20-15 edge. The Hawks had a chance to get those points back, however, Majors could not connect from the foul line with just seconds to go in the half.
For the game, Lerma scored 23 points and Quinn Mitchell added 18 to pace the Eagles.
Dickerson led MVCD with 16 points, while Majors and Kuhl finished with 14 apiece.
Fayette has a pair of games this weekend when they travel to Hilltop Friday before returning home to face Delta on Saturday.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010.