Valley Christian defeats Mooney in quadruple overtime
By Greg Gulas
Head coach Dolph Carroll says his Valley Christian Eagles are a team that embraces the opportunity to get in a little extra work.
They definitely worked overtime Tuesday night against the Cardinal Mooney Cardinals.
Jamynk Jackson scored 14 of his 25 points after regulation, Milan Square added 19 and Jordan Trowers 17 as the Eagles stopped the Cardinals, 72-68 in four overtimes at the Cardinals’ gymnasium.
It was game that featured 19 ties, 16 lead changes and multiple opportunities for both teams to put the game away before Jackson’s and Square’s heroics in the fourth overtime session.
Jackson’s three point play at the outset of the fourth overtime gave the Eagles (2-1) the lead for good at 64-63, adding seven points overall while Square notched four points, the two players accounting for all of the Eagles’ scoring as they won for the second time in three outings.
“We really didn’t do anything different in overtime. We’re a team that understands our roles and we complement each other out on the court,” Jackson said. “Cardinal Mooney is a tough team that can hit shots from anywhere on the court. Coming off a loss this past weekend, a game like this gives you the opportunity to build some momentum as you move forward.”
The Cardinals (0-1) held a 44-43 lead with 2:12 remaining on a Vinny Gentile bucket in the lane, but Melvin Neail converted the second of two charity tosses to tie the game at 44-44 and send the game to an extra session.
Anthony Fire had 18 of his team high 24 points in regulation for Cardinal Mooney.
“We had our chance to win in both regulation and overtime, but failed to capitalize on our opportunities,” Fire said. “We’ll learn from this and become a better team as the season unfolds.”
The Cardinals owned a 51-48 lead in the first overtime on a bucket by Gentile and a Pete Haas’ free throw with 57 seconds remaining, but Square’s bucket from beyond the arc with 47 seconds left would eventually send the game to a second, four-minute session.
Trailing 55-53 and the clock winding down in the second overtime, Gentile’s tip-in as time expired earned the Cardinals another four minutes of action.
After the Eagles’ Damon Christian hit the second of his two free throws with seven seconds remaining for a 61-58 Valley Christian lead, Haas’ triple with under a second left knotted the game at 61-all once again to force yet another overtime session.
Cardinal Mooney’s second-year head coach Carey Palermo used four players that were making their varsity debuts.
“At times we were poised and other times, not so much,” Palermo said. “We kept battling the entire game and our effort was tremendous. What cost us was that we didn’t match-up in transition and didn’t rebound on the weak side, something that we work on quite a bit in practice. This is a first game learning and we’ll only get better moving forward.”
Turnovers hampered the flow for both teams as the Cardinals committed 20 miscues and the Eagles another 18.