EATON TWP. — Emotions were high as Midview and Westlake stepped on the court for the second time this season Friday night.
On Coaches vs. Cancer night -- honoring Midview assistant coach Kevin Considine, who was diagnosed with cancer earlier in the week -- the Demons grinded out a 76-75 double-overtime victory, sweeping the Southwestern Conference season series.
Westlake’s Jacob May scored the go-ahead basket with over a minute left in the second overtime to give the Demons a 75-73 lead, then Anthony Rego hit a free throw to make it 76-73.
Rego missed the second free throw attempt and Midview’s Isiah Johnson grabbed the rebound. Johnson drove down the court and scored on an uncontested layup instead of passing the ball to a shooter on the 3-point line, and the buzzer sounded to end the game.
“It’s great for the kids and the program to get a win like this,” Westlake coach Freeman Blade said. “They finally realized that they can play together as a unit because that’s kind of our thing. It’s more than a moral victory … it’s a victory that says OK we can play.”
Midview (10-8, 8-7 SWC) had to alter its lineup once Jonny Manning, who scored a team-high 25 points, fouled out in the first overtime. The Middies went to an all-guard lineup to spread out the Westlake (7-12, 7-8) defense in an attempt to create driving lanes to the basket.
“Once our bigs went out, I thought those guys rebounded the basketball really well,” Midview coach Jim Brabenec said. “It did really hurt at times, but we have to play smarter. We have to keep Jonny on the floor.”
Midview had a chance to win the game in the first overtime. The Middies were up 64-62 with 10 seconds left and the Demons had the ball. Charlie Zkiab took the ball at the top of the key, dribbled the ball to his left and made a mid-range jump shot to tie the game.
“I think we made silly mistakes tonight, including our big men fouling out,” Midview guard Marcell Young said. “I feel like if they would have been in, we could have played better defense.”
The Middies also faltered at the foul line in both overtimes -- a problem they’ve dealt with all season.
“You can’t go 4-of-12 and expect to win a tight game,” Brabenec said. “We have to be better at the foul line in order to win close games.”
With only a few weeks left in the regular season, Brabenec wants to see improvement from his team.
“I think we’re getting good effort from our guys, but we need to be better,” he said. “We need to execute a little better, I have to coach a little better and hopefully we will figure it out.”
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Westlake 76, Midview 75 (2OT)
WESTLAKE (76): Nate Klima 0-0-0, Charlie Zkiab 3-1-10, Jacob May 5-3-18, Anthony Rego 7-3-17, Joey Geagea 5-0-10, Justin Garcia 5-5-17, Joseph Klessel 0-0-0, Dylan Bednar 2-0-4. Totals 27-12-76.
MIDVIEW (40): Isiah Johnson 1-2-4, Nyco Vidal 8-0-22, Andrew Gooch 0-0-0, Jesse Franklin 1-1-3, Dane Reichard 1-1-3, Marcell Young 5-8-17, Jonny Manning 5-14-25. Totals 23-25-75.
Westlake 18 16 8 15 7 12 — 76
Midview 14 16 8 19 7 11 — 75
Three-point goals: (W) Zkiab, May 2, Garcia 2, (M) Vidal 6, Manning. Field goals: Westlake 27-52 (52 percent), Midview 23-50 (46 percent). Free throws: Westlake 12-23 (52 percent), Midview 25-42 (56 percent). Rebounds: Westlake 33, Midview 27. Turnovers: Westlake 17, Midview 13. Total fouls: Westlake 27, Midview 19. Fouled out: (W) Klima, Geagea, Garcia, (M) Manning, Gooch. Technical foul: (M) Gooch.
Junior varsity: Midview, 57-51.