Sunday evening coaches throughout the state will meet to determine the pairings for this year’s state basketball playoffs. Like others, Sylvania Southview is hoping for a high seed. Therefore, Tuesday’s non-league game with Toledo Central Catholic was the Cougar’s last chance to demonstrate that they deserve one of the top seeds and the Cougars did not disappoint as they outdistanced the Irish, 71-58.
Preparing for last night’s contest, Southview’s coach, Marc Jump, let his players know how important their game against Central potentially was.
“We knew we needed a win tonight if we were going to have any chance at a three seed,” said Jump “ but we told them that we could win tonight and still not get the three seed so don’t worry about it.”
It took the Cougars just under five minutes to take the lead from the Irish but once they did they never trailed. The visiting Irish jumped out to an early lead, 8-2, by hitting their first three shots but, after a 15-3 Southview run, Central Catholic found themselves trailing 17-11 with a minute remaining in the first quarter.
In the second quarter Southview cooled down a bit but Central Catholic struggled with its offense. The slightly shorter Cougars dominated the rebounding and the Irish were shooting miserably (8-of-29) but somehow the Irish were able to stay in the contest. The teams retired to their respective locker rooms at halftime with Southview leading only 33-25.
The third quarter became the determining one as the Cougars came out of the locker room with a sense of urgency that they used to build on their lead. Outscoring the Irish, 15-10, the Cougars saw their lead increase to 13 by the end of the quarter.
Leading the way for the Cougars was their diminutive junior guard, Tim Hausfeld.
Hausfeld was either scoring himself or setting up others to score.
“He’s our guy,” said coach Jump.” We’ll live and die with him. When he’s hot he’s hot and when he’s not we’ll still go with him.”
During the third quarter many of the Southview points came off of what Central coach Pul Patterson described as “bunny shots” as the Southview defense took advantage of continued poor shooting by the Irish. Time after time the quick Southview guards would break loose down court after a missed Central shot and another Southview rebound to convert an easy layup.
In the fourth quarter, despite being behind by 12 to 14 points throughout, the Irish failed to demonstrate any sense of urgency. They failed to ever utilize a full court press of any kind and seemed content to attempt to get back into the game through more conventional means.
“That is a tough team to press. We were more doing it at the half-court end more than anything else. You look at the options,” said Patterson. “You have Joplin who once he gets by you he is going by you and he is creating havoc. Same thing with Josh Craig and Timmy Hausfeld. We’re not a great pressing team.”
During the first few minutes of the fourth quarter the Irish strategy appeared to be paying dividends as they managed to pull with 6 points of the Cougars but the Cougars would not fold. Gradually the Cougars again pulled away and coasted home to a surprisingly easy victory.
“I thought they (Southview) played like it was more important to them, “commented Central coach Paul Patterson. “ They came out and we played like it wasn’t as important to us. I told them we have a big one Friday night that is pretty darn important to us and I also said that every game needs to be the most important thing going on that night and you need to prepare for it. “
As he has done all year, Tim Hausfeld led the Cougars in scoring. After starting out the game slowly, Hausfeld put up 19. Coming off the bench, Josh Craig and Bernard Pickney added 14 and 12 respectively.
For the Irish, Tory Villolovos had a big night by scoring 19 points. The only other Central player to hit double figures was Matt Collins with 10.
Holding Collins to 10 was key to the Southview victory in coach Jump’s opinion and he credited junior guard Shaun Joplin with being able to hold Collins in check.
“He’s (Joplin) our defensive stopper. I mean he did a pretty good job on Collins tonight. Collins was our big concern and Sean did a pretty good job on him, “said Jump.
“They are going to be tough team to beat in that Division I tournament,” said Patterson.