Swanton boys drop league opener in double overtime


By Jeff Ratliff - Northwest Signal



HAMLER — Mack Hieber sank a triple with seven seconds remaining in the second overtime to push Patrick Henry to a 60-58 Northwest Ohio Athletic League win over Swanton Thursday night in the House of Heat.

Hieber, who had not played since the third period, entered the game with 34 seconds remaining in the second overtime after Drew Rosengarten fouled out.

“We talk about rotations going out the window in the fourth quarter,” said PH coach Bryan Hieber, Mack’s father. “When Drew fouled out, Mack had to come in off the bench after sitting for a quarter or more. We talk all the time about shooting with confidence, and he did.”

The Patriots sealed the win by stealing the inbound pass, following a timeout by Swanton. Patrick Henry also forced turnovers at the end of regulation and the first overtime and had 3-point attempts, at the buzzer of each period, rim out.

“We knew this was going to be a battle,” said coach Hieber. “We told the kids this was going to be a game of punches. We came out and landed the first one and Swanton answered with their own. We were able to land the last one at the end of the game.”

It was the first loss of the season for the Bulldogs, who are now 9-1 and 0-1 in the league.

“We didn’t do a good enough job rebounding the ball and missed too many late free throws,” said Swanton coach Bruce Smith of the defeat.

Patrick Henry led 9-4 after a physical opening period and pushed the lead to 14-8 on a basket by Rosengarten. Swanton answered with a 5-0 run to pull within a point, but the Patriots ended the first half on a 6-1 run to take a 20-14 lead into intermission.

Nash Meyer’s 3-point play, following an offensive rebound, and free throws by Rosengarten and Lincoln Creager pushed PH’s lead to 25-14 midway through the third quarter.

Swanton answered with a 9-2 run before Meyer closed out the scoring in the third period to give PH a 29-23 lead.

The Patriots increased their lead to 39-28 with five minutes remaining in the game, but the Bulldogs caught fire from beyond the arc.

After making its first triple earlier in the fourth quarter, Swanton sank back-to-back 3-pointers — both by Hayden Callicotte — to cut the lead to 41-38 with 3:30 minutes remaining.

After a bucket by Kaden Rosebrook, off an assist from Aiden Behrman, Luc Borojevich sank a triple to make it 43-41.

Callicotte buried another triple — the fifth of the period for the Bulldogs — with 46 seconds remaining to give Swanton its first lead of the game, 46-45.

After Callicotte made one of two foul shots with 16.2 seconds on the clock, Meyer drove in for the tying basket.

Swanton grabbed an early 50-47 lead in overtime, but Creager scored a basket and made two free throws with less than a minute remaining to send the game to a second extra period.

The Bulldogs again grabbed the lead with a basket by Borojevich. Creager answered with two free throws and Charlie Wood, Swanton’s 6-8 center, scored his only points of the game on a putback.

Rosengarten followed with a 3-pointer to give the Patriots the lead, but Swanton made 3 of 4 from the foul line for a 58-56 lead.

Creager made the first of two foul shots, but missed his second and PH fouled Wood, who missed both foul shots to set up Hieber’s dramatic game-winner.

The Patriots had a huge advantage on the boards (45-23) and it was a team effort. Behrman led PH with eight rebounds, while Rosebrook added seven and Creager, Meyer and Rosengarten each had six.

Patrick Henry finished the game 19 of 53 from the field for 36%, while Swanton was 17 of 43 for 39%.

Nether team shot well from the foul line, but the Patriots made five of their last six in the two overtime periods. PH was 17 of 29 from the charity stripe, while the Bulldogs were 19 of 31.

Callicotte paced Swanton with 19 points, while Cole Mitchey added 17 and Borojevich tallied 15.

Patrick Henry was led by Creager and Meyer with 15 each, while Rosengarten added 9 and Hieber tallied 8.

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By Jeff Ratliff

Northwest Signal