Warrior magic vanishes late against Scouts
The “Night of Nail-biters” came down to the final two tenths of a second last Friday night as David City’s Josh Seibert capped off a brilliant night with a layup between several Schuyler Central defenders to send the Scouts home with a 54-52 victory over the Warriors.
“It was a good game. I was proud of the way that we got the lead early. We did have a couple of bad quarters and reverted back to a couple of things that we have been working on,” coach Lyndon Beebe said. “We got past that and played well late in the game as well.”
The boys game followed an exciting 41-36 contest in the evening’s opener that was also pulled out by the visitors.
Schuyler had led for most of the boys game, building its largest lead of 24-13 with 6:28 to go in the first half on a short jumper by Aaron Langemeier. David City whittled the deficit down in the second half to 37-36 with 3:43 remaining in the third quarter and took its first lead of the night a moment later on a layup by Seibert.
David City built its lead to 43-39 heading into the fourth quarter and owned a 51-46 lead with 1:49 left in the game.
Elmer Salazar brought the home crowd to its feet with 43.7 seconds left when he scored on a layup while being fouled by Seibert. Salazar’s free throw bounced off the rim, but the Warriors only trailed by three at 51-48.
With 23.7 seconds left in the contest, David City appeared poised to shut the door on Schuyler, but Luis Salazar missed a free throw on his first attempt and the Scouts were whistled on their second attempt for a lane violation keeping the score at 51-48.
Schuyler had a chance to cut into the David City lead but missed a jump shot with 11.1 seconds left that was rebounded by Seibert who was immediately fouled by Austin Hall on the rebound sending Seibert to the line for two penalty shots.
Seibert hit the first toss, and seemed to put the game out of reach for SCHS, but the second attempt rattled off the rim and was rebounded by the Warriors.
Schuyler hustled the ball down the court where Langemeier threw up a 3-point bomb from beyond the top of the key that banged off the backboard and ricocheted through the rim with 5.6 seconds to go.
As Langmeier released the shot he was slapped on the arm by David City’s Will Danielson sending the Schuyler sophomore to the line for chance to tie the game. Langemeier coolly stepped to the line and buried the free throw toss to knot the score at 52-52. At that point, an overtime period seemed evident.
David City got the ball across the midcourt stripe and called a timeout with three seconds left. After seeing David City’s offensive alignment, the Warriors called an immediate timeout to come up with another defensive set.
The ball was inbounded to Seibert who dribbled around and through three Schuyler defenders on his way to the hoop. He laid the ball off the backboard and down through the rim with 0.2 seconds left sending the David City crowd into a frenzy and leaving the Schuyler faithful in a daze.
“We weren’t quite lined up the way that we wanted on that last play,” stated Beebe. “We had everybody accounted for and everybody was guarding the ball. It was good for them. They made a good shot.”
Beebe also stated that his team could have done more in the first half so that it didn’t come down to the final few seconds.
“Taking away the last six seconds, there were a lot of things that we could have done differently better that we are still going to do,” he said. “The upside is that there has been a lot of improvement made since the first game of the season, and that makes me really happy.”
Easton Hall and Langemeier paced the Warriors in scoring. Hall scored 14 points while Langemeier complimented that performance with 12. Oscar Velez added eight points followed by Nolan Healy and Juan Gonzalez with six points, Elmer Salazar with four and Rosel Diaz with two.
Seibert led the Scouts with 24 points.
“We had a lot of guys out there contributing tonight,” noted Beebe, “but there are still a couple more guys that should be contributing, and we’re just waiting on them to make that decision.”
Schuyler Central makes one more home appearance before the Christmas break when they host the 4-1 York Dukes in a conference tilt on Thursday, Dec. 20.
Doug Phillips is a freelance writer for the Schuyler Sun. Reach him via email at SCHsports@lee.net