Noah Lein’s free throw with 1.6 seconds remaining in the second overtime gave Grand Haven’s varsity boys basketball team a thrilling victory over host Mona Shores on Friday night, 50-49.
“I was pleased,” said coach Steve Hewitt. “I thought that we weathered several storms tonight. … The emotions were definitely high. The team kept coming back and fighting back.”
Despite rebounding poorly and not shooting well from the free-throw line in the first two quarters, the Buccaneers went into halftime down by just a point, 24-23.
The Sailors went on a 10-3 run to start the third quarter. Hewitt said he wasn’t sure how his team was going to respond at that point.
They responded well.
Schaefer Thelen hit a jumper off the bench, and Noah Lein made two technical foul free throws to cut the lead to 34-30 heading into the fourth.
The Sailors maintained that lead for a majority of the fourth quarter, until Korey Searle hit a long jumper to tie the score at 39 with under two minutes to go.
Lein hit a runner in the lane with 7.8 seconds left to put Grand Haven up 41-39, but former Buccaneer Marcus Tumblin responded with a bank shot to send the game into overtime.
Lein hit another runner at the beginning of overtime, and Connor Grimes made two free throws to give the Bucs an early 45-41 advantage.
The Sailors came back, though, sending the game into a second overtime period at 47-all.
Lein ended it.
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