2012-02-23 / Sports

Rosco bench players step up to take double OT win by five


DOUBLE OVERTIME BATTLE (Left to right) Beaverton big man Casey Blades and Roscommon’s Dylan Andrews go after a rebound during the second overtime period at Roscommon Feb. 17. Andrews’ career high 15 points and 13 rebounds helped the Bucks to a 58-53 win. (Photo by Thomas Reznich) DOUBLE OVERTIME BATTLE (Left to right) Beaverton big man Casey Blades and Roscommon’s Dylan Andrews go after a rebound during the second overtime period at Roscommon Feb. 17. Andrews’ career high 15 points and 13 rebounds helped the Bucks to a 58-53 win. (Photo by Thomas Reznich) “This was one heck of a ball game,” said Roscommon boys basketball coach M.J. Ewald after his Bucks won a 58-53 double overtime decision against visiting Beaverton Friday night.

“I am so proud of my kids for their fight and their resiliency tonight,” said Ewald, “We had kids step up huge for us against a very talented basketball team.”

Stepping up the hugest was Buck sophomore Dylan Andrews, who led Roscommon with career high totals of 15 points and 13 rebounds. “Andrews had what I’m hoping is a breakout game for him,” said Ewald “He aggressively attacked the glass and finished strong at the hoop. I can’t say enough about his work tonight; he was simply fantastic, especially late in the game with it on the line, scoring seven points in the overtime periods.”

The Bucks were out-scored by the Beavers during the first two quarters, 14-10 and 12-8, to find themselves down 26-18 at the half. “We had to battle Beaverton’s height in the post and contend with a solid perimeter game and my kids met every challenge that the Beavers threw at them,” said Ewald.

“In the third quarter, we couldn’t seem to cut into Beaverton’s lead until late,” said Ewald, “We were down 32- 23 and fought our way back to finish the quarter on a 13-0 run. The game seesawed from there.”

He said senior Todd Martin and junior Hunter Mires “were outstanding. Martin did a great job of attacking the hoop and getting to the free throw line. Mires continues to shoot well from the perimeter; he’s also getting better at creating shots whether off a screen or off the dribble.” Martin ended the game with 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Mires added 15 points and three rebounds.

With the score knotted 43-43 after regulation, both teams put up four in the first four-minute overtime period. In the second overtime, the Bucks out-scored the Beavers 11-6 for the win.

Along with Andrews’ seven point performance in the overtime periods, Ewald said juniors Austin Fluegel and Alex Gojcaj “each hit huge shots for us in overtime. In the second overtime, Fluegel hit a three that put us up for good at 50-47. Both players were clutch.” Fluegel hit for six points during the game and Gojcaj had four.

Ewald said he was “very happy for our seniors who played their last home game and came away with a tremendous win.”

“This win is a great one for our program,” said Ewald, “The kids have continued to work in practice to improve. Now, we hit the road for our final three regular season games. We can’t be content; we have to keep getting after it.”

After the win, Roscommon is now 8-4 in Jack Pine Conference play and 11-6 overall. The Bucks’ travels include stops at Houghton Lake on Feb. 24, Kalkaska on Feb. 28 and Meridian on March 1.

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