TMHS topped Sitka twice this weekend, winning 51-45 on Friday and in double-overtime on Saturday 69-65.
“It is a great feeling,” TMHS coach John Blasco said. “I don’t know if we have ever had a double overtime game.”
Sitka carried the lead throughout the game on Saturday, leading 45-38 starting the fourth quarter.
Sophomore Jacob Calloway blocked a Sitka shot as the final stanza got underway and Ben Jahn was downcourt for the outlet pass and a trip to the freethrow line.
Jahn made both to pull within five.
Senior Ty Grussendorf nailed a deep three to close the gap to two, Sitka responded and the two clubs battled back and forth.
Senior Matt Seymour drew his fourth foul with 21 seconds remaining and the Falcons down 54-49. Sitka turned the ball over and Jahn followed a Falcons miss to close the gap to three, 54-51 with 13 seconds left. Sitka’s Jon De La Cruz made one of two freethrows for what should have been a secure four-point advantage.
Calloway had other plans. The smooth forward glided in for a follow up shot and was fouled. Calloway sank the first shot to close within three points.
Told to miss the next freethrow, Calloway put it off the backboard and rim and Jahn tipped it outside the three point line to Grussendorf who set and drained the tying shot as time expired.
“I was just thinking catch and shoot,” Grussendorf said. “I know my teammates have confidence in me and my coach told me to go out and knock the shot down, he told me where it was going to be, so i just do what I do, I shot the ball. I am so happy. Last night was not a good game for me so I was so glad my shots were dropping tonight.”
Grussendorf finished with 15 points on five three’s.
Calloway would add another blocked shot in the first overtime, and tallied five for the game.
“I just felt like we would win this game,” Calloway said later. “I just felt we should win this game at home, because we are going for an undefeated home record.”
“You practice situations,” Blasco commented. “We got everyone of those practice situations in about 40 minutes of basketball tonight. We learned a lot. It is a very good win to come away with. Sitka is coached well and they play tough. I am a happy guy right now.”
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