capped off by Tim Congrove scoring six points in the last stanza to
send the Braves to a thrilling 85-81 road win.
OBETZ — ESPN Classic might want to budget some airtime for high school boys basketball later this week.
The Logan Elm Braves and Hamilton Township Rangers have a game to show the masses.
Both schools battled through a four-overtime marathon Tuesday evening, capped off by Tim Congrove scoring six points in the last stanza to send the Braves to a thrilling 85-81 road win.
“I definitely wanted the ball,” Congrove said. “We were a little tired at the end, but my teammates did a great job of getting me the ball to end this.”
Congrove hit seven three-pointers in the Mid-State League Buckeye Division opener for both schools and paced game scorers with 38 points, while also chipping in 10 rebounds.
The contest molded into a battle of attrition as both the Braves and Rangers had to fight through players leaving the court.
Logan Elm lost co-captain Bryant Blake to an ankle injury in the second quarter. Senior center Steve Largent, who scored 17 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, fouled out of the game in the second overtime.
The same pattern held true for Hamilton Township (3-1). Dorian Curry (15 points) and Kameron Wright (13 points) both fouled out in the second overtime. Donovan Rains (seven points) joined them on the bench a period later.
“I can’t say enough about our kids battling through this game,”Logan Elm coach Doug Stiverson said. “We came into the game short-handed with Adam Blake out with an injury and then Bryant Blake goes down.
“Our kids stuck together and played through regulation, kept coming back even though we trailed in each of the first three overtimes and finally won the game in the fourth overtime. The kids battled and showed a lot of character.”
Congrove hit a three-ball with 36 ticks remaining in the third overtime, tying the game at 79-79 and sending the teams into a fourth overtime. The two teams went scoreless for nearly the first three minutes of the fourth overtime. Logan Elm (1-1) put together a good possession by working the ball around to a wide open Congrove, who canned a three-pointer with 1:09 left to put the Braves ahead for good.
“We had to rely on Tim even more with Bryant being out with an injury, but he wanted this game,” Stiverson said. “He put up shots, went to the basket to get free throw shots and rebounded the ball for us.
“His teammates did a good job of moving the ball around. Even though many of those guys had been on the floor most or all of the game, they remained patient and worked our offense.”
Congrove sandwiched three free throws around a jumper by Hamilton’s Gee Woods, sending the Braves to a win.
“We were missing some players due to injury or fouling out, but our bench came up big to get us the win,” Congrove said. “They set some screens for me and allowed me to get shots off.”
Gee Woods led Hamilton Township with 19 points. Logan Elm's Zach Holbrook added 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Logan Elm entertains Teays Valley (2-1) Saturday in its home opener. Hamilton Township hits the road the same evening for a game against Bloom-Carroll (1-2).
“We split with Teays Valley last year and they return all five starters,” Stiverson said. “They’re a good basketball team, but we can’t feel sorry for ourselves. Hopefully our kids can get charged back up after this game and be ready for another tough league game.”