Mokane, Mo. - #2New Haven survived the first round of the South Callaway Tournament 36-32 after #7New Bloomfield nearly pulled off a a shocking upset. Two weeks ago in New Haven’s first game back from Christmas break, they had easily beaten New Bloomfield 56-33, but Monday night was a completely different story.
New Bloomfield scored the first six points before Seth Schenck finally put New Haven on the scoreboard with a three pointer at the 4:44 mark. Bloomfield’s aggressive zone defense combined with several unforced turnovers, New Haven found themselves down 11-5 after one quarter.
New Haven seemed very tentative at times and not playing with the same amount of confidence as they had in their last two games but would battle back to pull within two at halftime. (21-19)
New Haven began the second half going on a 6-0 run and a four point lead (25-21) before Bloomfield answered by outscoring the Rocks 7-4 to finish the 3rd quarter as New Haven clung to a one point lead, 29-28.
New Haven led by four (33-29) with 1:35 left when Alex Poggas threw the ball away, which led to a New Bloomfield three pointer, making it a one point game, 33-32, with just under one minute reaming on the clock.
Poggas would makeup for his unforced turnover, making two clutch free-throws and New Haven a three point lead, 35-32, with only 47 seconds left.
New Haven’s defense stepped up, keeping Bloomfield from getting a good shot off and as time was about to expire New Bloomfield was forced into taking a long three with three seconds left.
The shot rimmed out and Ross Seitter came down with the rebound and was quickly fouled. Seitter sealed the win for New Haven after hitting his first free-throw to make it a two possession game, 36-32. Seitter would miss the second free-throw as the Shamrocks picked up their eighth win, improving to 8-2.
New Haven will play on Wednesday against #3Harrisburg after #7Hermann nearly pulled off the upset, 53-52.
Kyle Ruediger led all scores with 13 points followed by Seth Schenck’s 8 points and Seitter with 5 points.
Both teams were terrible from the line, NH 6-11 and NB just 1-4.