Seth Schenck makes just one of New Haven’s two field goals in the third quarter.
Montgomery City, Mo. - Tuesday night was the first time in three years New Haven has lost the opening game of the Montgomery County Tournament as Bowling Green held off the Shamrocks after nearly blowing 19 point fourth quarter lead.
Bowling Green’s 6’4’’ sophomore Josh Early gave New Haven troubles, scoring 13 of his game 16 points in the first three quarters.
Kyle Ruediger and Ross Seitter led the Shamrocks with 15 and 13 points, each scoring seven of their points in the fourth quarter.
New Haven trailed by five at the half, 20-15, before Bowling Green exploded for 18 third quarter points to take a 38-22 lead then began the fourth quarter by hitting their sixth three pointer on the night to grab their largest lead in the game, 41-22.
“They went from scoring 20 first half points to exploding for 18 points in the third quarter. Bowling Green ran some good plays, got us screened in, and give their kids credit; when they were open they made shots,” Coach Ray Steinhoff said afterwards.
On the ensuing play Seitter scored a layup, was fouled, made the free-throw to pull the Shamrocks within 16 points at the 6:45 mark. (41-25)
New Haven picked up the intensity on defense, which forced Bowling Green into several turnovers, leading to easy points.
Bowling Green's Josh Early pulls up for a jumper in the lane, for two of his game high 16 points.
Coming out of a Bowling Green timeout with 1:37 remaining after New Haven pulled within six (43-37) Cory Buchanan stepped over the line on the inbound and giving the ball right back to the Shamrocks but were unable to capitalize.
On the ensuing play, Seitter forced a steal, making it a four point game with 50 seconds left. New Haven quickly fouled, sending Malik McPike to the line where he missed the front end of the bonus then Brandon Carey was fouled on the rebound.
After Carry hit both free throws, pulling New Haven within two, Bowling Green broke the Shamrock press that led to an easy layup and a two possession game. (45-41)
“The back breaker was, we had pick them up full court, which we had forced several turnovers off of the full court pressure, but they got lose from us and scored an easy layup and putting them up by four,” Steinhoff said. “We put ourselves in position, getting back to within two. When being down 19 points.”
Steinhoff said, “I told them after the game I was proud with how they came back, but would’ve liked to see that same sense of urgency throughout the game.”
“I went over a lot of little things about the game. To me this was basically a two point game. You can go back through the game and pick little plays, single possessions where we we let down on defense or gave up something easy… in two point games those single possessions are huge regardless when they happen in a game.”
(5)New Haven falls to 1-1 and will look to rebound from Tuesday night’s loss as they will face (8)Wellsville late tonight at 9 p.m. The winner will play for consolation on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and the loser will play in the seventh place game at 3 p.m.
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Below you can watch the final minute and a half of Tuesday night’s 48-41 loss.