CAMPBELL – Jasper-Troupsburg’s Bryan Guild opened overtime with a pair of 3-pointers – part of an 8-0 run that helped the Wildcats defeat Hammondsport 69-62 in their Section V, Class D1 semifinal at Campbell-Savona High School Wednesday.
Not bad for a one-eyed shooter.
"He hit those without a contact lens. He lost a contact earlier in the game," Jasper-Troupsburg head coach Tom Price said. "He picked a good time to make them.
"Once we got those eight points in overtime, I felt good."
An eight point lead was massive in this contest, considering that through the 32 minutes of regulation, the second-seeded Wildcats’ largest lead was five points, while the No. 3 Lakers’ biggest advantage was four.
The win sends Jasper-Troupsburg to the title game at Blue Cross Arena to face No. 1 Batavia Notre-Dame at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Following the teams’ tough battle in the Steuben County Tournament, which Hammondsport won 64-60, both squads picked up right where they left off. Jasper-Troupsburg grabbed an early 6-2 lead with 3-pointers from Dylan Price and Guild, while the Lakers’ Jordan Schuck responded with seven points to keep Hammondsport close.
Through one quarter, the teams battled to an 11-11 tie, only to be followed by a 25-25 deadlock at haltime.
"We didn’t always play well, but we were playing hard," Tom Price said.
Both teams managed four-point leads in the opening half – Jasper-Troupsburg to start the game, while Hammondsport used a 5-0 run with a 3-pointer coming from J.C. Baliguin to lead by four with five minutes left before the break.
Both teams held three-point leads in the third quarter, but the back-and-forth play continued. Jasper-Troupsburg wrestled a 44-41 lead by quarter’s end as Dylan Price knocked down a pair of 3-pointers – part of a 10-point quarter for the senior. Tyler VanSkiver added five points in the third, with Dalton Cady chipping in four points.
Meanwhile, Hammondsport’s big guy – Trenton Kolo was getting into the game after sitting the entire second quarter with two fouls. Kolo scored four points for the Lakers, but was a presence under the boards, grabbing five boards.
The fourth quarter was the streakiest for both teams.
After the Wildcats pushed their lead to five on a Cady bucket to open the quarter, Hammondsport answered with an 8-0 run led by six points from Kolo, including two put-backs on offensive rebounds.
"I thought we did well against Kolo with our zone, but we weren’t boxing out and he was getting the easy shots," Tom Price said.
The Lakers’ three-point lead was erased with a 6-0 run by the Wildcats, which was followed by another 5-0 burst by Hammondsport.
Back-to-back baskets by Cady gave Jasper-Troupsburg a 56-54 lead with 55 seconds remaining, but Balguin knotted things up with 20 seconds left on a layup. Both teams had chances before the buzzer, but neither team could get shots to fall.
Cady closed the game with 26 points to lead both teams in scoring. Price finished with 22 points, while Guild added 12.
Schuck led the Lakers with 23 points. Kolo netted 16 points and led the way with 14 rebounds. Balguin had 10 points.
"It was good to see all of the kids’ hard work pay off," Tom Price said. "It’s good to have the opportunity to play on Saturday."