It might not be the greatest comeback in state tournament history, but it’s close. Down 12 in the fourth quarter, Dayton Thurgood Marshall rallied to force overtime and then beat Logan Elm 62-53 in a Division II state semifinal Friday at the Schottenstein Center. LE needed one basket in the fourth quarter and didn’t get it.
“I’ve got to praise God,” Marshall head coach John Ralph said. “It is because of him that these young men came in to my life and that we were able to come back from almost insurmountable odds against one of the best teams in the state of
Logan Elm led 44-32 with 7:36 left, but managed just six free throws in the fourth quarter. By the time the Braves made their first field goal since the third quarter there was 1:21 left in overtime and
“It was not looking good (when we were down 12),” Ralph said. “At the time they were hitting shots, they were getting rebounds and they were making all the big plays and we weren’t. We made some adjustments and it worked out. We were able to get at least a piece of the game we like to play in gear.”
“The fourth quarter they turned up the heat,” LE head coach Doug Stiverson said. “They have some guys that can get to the basketball and we had some turnovers that obviously hurt us. I also think a couple loose balls or a rebound here and there and we still get a win today.”
After a back and forth first half which ended in a 22-22 deadlock, LE caught fire in the third quarter. Down 27-24, the Braves closed the stanza with an 18-5 run that ended with a Logan Hauserman bucket at the buzzer. It was the last field goal the Braves would score for more than 10 minutes. Two Brandon Amann free throws to start the fourth increased the LE advantage to 44-32.
Then momentum changed uniforms.
“When they hit the point to put us down 12, my head went down,”
Robinson kick-started the Cougars defensive pressure by flipping the switch. His teammates followed suit, ratcheting up the intensity. The result? An 11-0 run that drew
Corralling the long rebound on a missed shot, Robinson drained a 3 with 5.8 seconds left to tie it at 48-48. He stood there for five more seconds with his hand still over his head as he was mobbed by teammates. LE’s Adam Blake missed the potential game-winner as time expired.
Stiverson was asked why LE didn’t foul on
“When they got the ball there was quite a bit of time left on the clock,” Stiverson said. “They did miss a shot and there was a loose rebound that kind of just bounced out to him to make it. (Fouling) is something you think about but he hit it from deep so you have to give him credit.”
Said Robinson: “When the ball came to me I knew it had to go in and I had to shoot it.”
In the overtime Staten took over. The
The heroes were numerous for
The Cougars shot 34.5-percent from the floor (20-of-58) and were a miserable 5-of-27 from 3-point range (18.5-percent). They hit 17-of-23 free throws.
LE was led by senior Tim Congrove who closed out an outstanding career with 18 points. A 1,000-point scorer, Congrove also hit three 3s to raise his career total to 229. Amann, another 1,000-point scorer and senior, had 17 points and nine rebounds. Hauserman ended with 13 points.
The Braves hit just 4-of-19 attempts from 3 and were 18-of-48 (37.5-percent) from the floor. They had 15 turnovers, including 10 in the second half. Robinson accounted for five.
“I saw fear, so I took advantage of it,” Robinson said. “They started to buckle. I knew if others saw me trying to get steals then they’d follow my lead.”
Said Staten: “Once I saw him pick it up, I knew we were going to do good. When he picks it up defensively it makes us all pick it up. If you’ve got one guy out there playing hard it doesn’t look right if the other four aren’t.
“We all knew we had to pick it up.”
The Cougars picked up the stunning victory as a result.