BOYS HOOPS: Sheffield drops heartbreaker in exciting game vs. Kane

The temperature was dropping outside Friday night, but there was no shortage of heat inside the Ralph Santo Gymnasium at Sheffield High School. Tempers flared early on between Sheffield and Kane, and when all was said and done, the Wolverines found themselves on the losing end of a heartbreaking 57-55 AML North contest.

The Wolverines held on to a slim lead for the majority of the game until Kane knotted things up at 48-48 midway through the fourth quarter. The two teams traded the lead back and forth, when it appeared that Sheffield would take the lead for good with under a minute remaining in the contest.

Trailing by four, Chris Pedersen drew a foul and converted both free throws to bring the Wolverines within a basket at 53-51 before Dylan Reynolds stole Kane’s inbound pass and hit Brendan Winslow with a pass for an easy two to tie the game at 53. Pedersen then forced another turnover and found Winslow, who was fouled and made both shots from the line to make it a 6-0 run before Kane could cross half-court.

The scrappy Wolves refused to back down, as Andrew Pierson hit a shot to tie things back up at 55 with 20 seconds left in the game. Teammate A.J. Stefani found his way inside for another two to give Kane the lead with nine seconds on the clock, and Sheffield’s last-second 3-point attempt bounced off the rim, giving Kane the win and dropping the Wolverines to 6-11 on the year.

“Both teams played hard. We knew they were a comparable team, and we came in confident,” said Sheffield coach Todd Fitch. “I told the guys that fundamentals would win or lose the game. We made some mistakes at key times and (Kane) took advantage.”

Winslow led all scorers with 16 points, and Reynolds added 13 for the Wolverines, including eight in the first quarter.

Kane (7-9 overall, 3-3 in AML), which had previously been just 8-of-18 from the foul line, shot 5-of-6 in the final two minutes to cap off a 20-point fourth quarter. Jeffrey Kocjancic led the Wolves with 14 points, Pierson added 10, and Stefani finished with nine, including three late free throws and the eventual game-winning basket.

Sheffield will look to bounce back on Monday, when they visit Elk County Catholic for another AML North contest. The Wolverines are still searching for their first league win of the season.

Sheffield came from behind to defeat Kane in the junior varsity game, 38-33. The Wolverines outscored the visitors 18-4 in the fourth quarter, and were led by Shequan Wright, who scored 15 points in the win.

KANE (57): Je. Kocjancic 6 1-3 14, Pierson 3 4-6 10, Rolick 2 3-6 9, Cleer 3 0-0 7, Stefani 2 5-9 9, Ja. Kocjancic 4 0-0 8, Totals 20 13-24 57.

SHEFFIELD (55): Dylan McNeal 1 3-4 5, Brendan Winslow 6 2-4 16, Dylan Reynolds 4 3-4 13, Tyler Fitzgerald 1 1-2 3, Shequan Wright 4 0-1 8, Chris Pedersen 0 2-6 2, Adam Higby 0 0-1 0, Brandon Kipp 1 0-0 3, Jim Vile 2 0-0 4, Totals 19 11-22 55.

Kane 12 11 14 20 – 57

Sheffield 13 13 16 13 – 55

3-pointers: K – Je. Kocjancic, Rolick 2, Cleer; S – Winslow 2, Reynolds 2, Kipp.

Junior varsity game

KANE (33): Ja. Kocjancic 3 1-2 8, English 1 0-0 2, Mattis 2 1-2 6, Rolick 1 2-4 4, Hemdal 1 0-0 2, Weidenhoff 4 0-0 9, Bray 1 0-2 2, Totals 13 4-10 33.

SHEFFIELD (38): Nic Confer 2 3-9 7, Brandon Kipp 0 4-8 4, Adam Higby 0 2-2 2, Dan Pierson 0 0-0 0, Jim Vile 3 2-2 8, Jake Johnson 0 0-0 0, Travis Peterson 1 0-0 2, Shequan Wright 3 9-16 15, Totals 9 20-37 38.

Kane 4 8 17 4 – 33

Sheffield 2 13 5 18 – 38

3-pointers: K – Ja. Kocjancic, Mattis, Weidenhoff; S – none.

Thursday

Calvary Baptist 86, WCCS 23

MEADVILLE – Meadville Calvary Baptist scored 31 first-quarter points and never looked back during an 86-23 victory over Warren County Christian School in boys basketball action on Thursday.

Josh Wagonseller paced the WCCS effort with 11 points and Carson Moore chipped in nine points as the seniors accounted for 20 of the team’s 22 points.

WCCS also dropped the junior varsity game, 37-26. Eric Sorenson paced the Lions with eight points.

The Lions (1-7) return to the court Friday, February 1, visiting Jamestown Bethel.

WCCS (23): Carson Moore 4 1-2 9, Josh Wagonseller 4 1-3 11, Eric Sorenson 1 0-0 3, Trevor Phelps 0 0-0 0, Tommy Jones 0 0-0 0, Marcus Root 0 0-0 0, Josh Jones 0 0-0 0, Dan Lauffenburger 0 0-0 0, Totals: 9 2-5 23

CALVARY BAPTIST (86): Kopler 9 2-2 22, D. Orndorff 3 1-2 7, VanNorman 7 0-0 14, Houge 2 1-2 5, Ott 5 0-0 11, C. Orndorff 3 2-4 8, Daisley 3 0-0 6, Smith 1 0-0 2, Wilson 5 1-3 11, Totals: 38 7-13 86

WCCS 7 7 6 3 – 23

Calvary Baptist 31 19 14 22 – 86

3-pointers: W- Wagonseller 2, Sorenson; C- Kopler 2, Ott

Junior varsity game

WCCS (26): Eric Sorenson 4 0-2 8, Trevor Phelps 1 0-0 2, Tommy Jones 2 0-0 4, Marcus Root 0 0-0 0, Josh Jones 2 0-0 4, Dan Lauffenburger 2 0-0 4, Ethan Kerr 2 0-0 4, Totals: 13 0-2 26

CALVARY BAPTIST(37): Smith 1 0-0 2, Sherrard 1 0-0 2, A. Casicki 4 0-0 8, Parker 2 0-0 4, Daisley 2 2-2 6, Kojac 0 1-2 1, Blakesley 2 0-0 4, I. Casicki 2 0-3 4, Caldwell 3 0-0 6, Totals: 17 3-7 37

WCCS 6 8 2 10 – 26

Calvary Baptist 7 8 14 8 – 37

3-pointers: None