ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP —
“But they (Perry) pass the ball, they’re very patient and that made us foul too much at times.”
A close win is nothing to new for Iacofano, who said his team has been down that road plenty times before.
“We’ve been in a lot of close games, we have nine wins, of those nine wins, eight of them have been games like this, not last second, but a couple possession wins,” he said. “They’ve been there before, they held their composure and didn’t get too worried.”
Perry scored the opening hoop of the game and
actually never trailed, with Edgewood’s only time coming on Konczal’s 3 in the final minute.
The Pirates stretched their lead to 44-35 in the fourth period, but Warrior point guard Connor McLaughlin (11 points) buried back to back 3-pointers in a span of 15 seconds with 5:18 remaining to make it a one possession game.
The teams battled back and forth the rest of the way and a Matt Fitchet bucket with 1:40 brought the Warriors within one at 50-49. A layup by Ian Illig (13 points) pushed the lead to three before Konczal’s 3 tied it.
Bowler said the 3 was important for Konczal, who had game-highs in rebounding and scoring with 18 points and 11 boards.
“It was (big), he couldn’t (hit a jumper throughout) so he was due,” Bowler said. “He knows he can shoot it anytime he wants. I wish we could’ve made a few more foul shots. We’re the best foul shooting team in the county and tonight we weren’t.”
Buescher said Iacofano was able to pull the team together after Konczal’s shot.
“Coach just pulled us in and said, ‘Don’t worry about that 3,’” he said. “The place was going crazy though, it was hard to hear. We wanted to hold for the last shot and gladly I got the rebound and put it in.”