Photos and story by CHRIS BROOKS, managing editor, wellsvillesports.com
BATH — Regardless of the result that would be obtained at the end of the long Saturday in Bath, a certain first in the Dan Barkley Showcase nightcap would occur for one side.
Bath-Haverling and Bolivar-Richburg put on a show that was worth every penny for the price of admission to wrap up the Showcase’s seventh installment. Not only did it see a constant battle for possession up and down the court unfold, but because of it, both teams tied twice in the final stages to force two extra sessions of overtime.
Talk about resiliency.
Like the rest of the action that had gone on across the contest from start to finish, the back-and-forth duel between the Rams and Wolverines would come down to the game’s final play. With 2.3 seconds staring directly down onto the court during double overtime festivities, something had to most certainly give.
Jake Hagadone had that sweet, sweet flush.
After a sequence of passes around the arc and back, the ball would land directly into his hands and with it, the Bath-Haverling sophomore controlled the pace at his own rate, taking his shot and hitting absolutely nothing but the breadbasket on the way down. It would remain as the nightcap’s game-winning shot, as Hagadone helps Steuben County record a first in Barkley Showcase history — a complete 7-0 sweep of the action, after a 69-66 wild finish.
“We talk about effort and outcome. The outcome wasn’t what we wanted it to be, but boy was the effort there,” said Wolverines coach Justin Thomas. “They worked their butts off all night long, and I am super proud of how we responded to every little stitch of adversity this game brought on. There were a lot of key learning moments that had come from inexperience, but they fought hard tonight. It stinks that we weren’t able to reward them for their effort.”
It was your true back-and-forth battle all throughout the opening quarter and into the second, with Aydin Sisson and Justin Yehl finding their rhythm to propel their offense. The Rams (5-7) lead during the frame would ultimately work its way towards five after some more assistance was garnered by Hagadone and the first of his three triples.
The buffer zone was maintained for much of the second quarter before Bolivar-Richburg (9-1) was able to slash it right back down with the help of the fouls beginning to mount up against Bath-Haverling to close out the first half. As a direct result of that, it gave the Wolverines a positive to end the half with, as David Baldwin forced a big half-ending turnover in their favor, and a runaway basket for Aydin Sisson to ultimately trim the deficit down.
Through the early portion of the second half back and forth war, the Rams would go on to record 11 points in the first 1:30 into the contest. But all would be lost later on by way of the Wolverines, who scored 13 unanswered points after a 51-40 lead for the Rams with nearly three minutes gone in the fourth quarter.
All 11 points that the Wolverines had to make up coming down the stretch, was accomplished by Landon Barkley with 28.5 ticks left in regulation, nailing the most clutch two shots of the night to ultimately force overtime.
“That’s all the boys did. They kept forcing, and they never went away,” Thomas said. “They never backed down against Bath. Finally, when they got that one big shot at the end, we ran out of time. That was one of just a couple of insane individual efforts we’ve seen. Landon had his moment to force overtime with his shots at the line. These kids love basketball, and they give it their all every time they come out. They got the lead on us to start, and then they settled in with some great experience on the floor and off.”
With regulation now in the books, the true back-and-forth battle would come around one more time in both overtime periods that were needed to determine a winner, with clutch free throw shooting once again setting the table for more free basketball. This time, they were served up by Kobe Moore, who tied the battle once again at 56 on each side to force a second overtime session.
Through the final four minute extra session, it would come down to who wanted it more, as both teams continued to wheel and deal, and dig in deep. In the end, it would all come down to one final shot. The Rams would have it after a series of passes around the arc ultimately landed in the wheelhouse of Hagadone.
The Rams junior, with minimal time remaining, knocked down an incredible three-point shot to break a 66-all deadlock with 2.3 seconds left to play. With one final attempt to try and work up some magic, the Wolverines made a heave down the court on the immediate inbound, where it was intercepted by Bath-Haverling to close out the game, and the Showcase’s very first 7-0 sweep of the action.
Austin Durand was awarded Player of the Game after his overtime efforts gave Bath-Haverling a much-needed spark to propel towards the top with the victory, netting a team-high 18 points. Cameron Seager was a force under the basket, as he recorded 12 points. Kobe Moore concluded with 13 points.
Bolivar-Richburg was led by another outstanding performance by Aydin Sisson, as he recorded a game-high 30 points to pace the field. Behind him was David Baldwin, who recorded 11 points. Landon Barkley finished with eight. The Wolverines are back on the floor come Tuesday night back home, as they look to bounce back with a 7:30 p.m. contest against Canisteo-Greenwood.
Bath-Haverling will now get set to try and build momentum of their incredible win on Tuesday with a 7 p.m. visit from Addison.
Bath-Haverling 17 13 12 9 5 13 – 69
Bolivar-Richburg 15 14 7 15 5 10 – 66
BATH-HAVERLING: Austin Durand 5 4-4 18, Kobe Moore 4 3-4 13, Caden Minnich 2 0-1 4, Justin Yehl 5 0-3 10, Jake Hagadone 4 0-1 11, Gavin Price 0 1-4 1, Cameron Seager 5 2-5 12. Totals: 25 10-22 69.
BOLIVAR-RICHBURG: Aydin Sisson 10 8-16 30, Landon Barkley 3 2-3 8, Reiss Gaines 1 1-6 3, Waide Karnuth 2 0-2 4, David Baldwin 4 3-8 11, Evan Pinney 2 0-0 4, James Margeson 3 0-1 6. Totals: 25 14-36 66.
3-point goals: B-H 9 (Durand 4, Hagadone 3, Moore 2), B-R 2 (Sisson).
Total Fouls: B-H 25, B-R 19. Fouled out: Moore (B-H), Minnich (B-H), Yehl (B-H), Barkley (B-R).
A/P vs. FILLMORE: Abbott’s 32 points help Avoca/Prattsburgh capitalize on intensity from start to finish, roll past Fillmore with 85-44 win for 6th Steuben County victory at Showcase
BATH — One of the biggest characteristics that defending Class D State Champion Avoca/Prattsburgh has mastered over the past couple of seasons, is intensity. On any given night, just the right amount will begin flipping the switches to power up every single facet of the game.
On Saturday at the 7th Annual Dan Barkley Showcase in Bath, the Titans did just that. And then some.
Avoca/Prattsburgh was ripping and roaring right from the get-go against the Eagles of Fillmore, creating the first of three consecutive 20-point quarters to garner the lead. Further ahead, a strong finish to the first half and later, a brilliant start to the second half on both ends gave them all the room they needed to pull away towards victory by an 85-44 count in the first of two meetings both teams will have this season.
“Fillmore is one of the top teams in Allegany County, but my message after the game to the guys was come Sectionals, there’s a chance that we will see them again and it could be a very different game,” Titans coach Brian Putnam said. “We cannot overlook anybody. We have to take it one game at a time and just keep going.”
Right from the start, Avoca/Prattsburgh (10-2) didn’t waste any time putting their speed into full use, accounting for eight quick points before the Eagles provided their chance to respond with seven in a row shortly after, led by a Zach Sisson three and two additional freebies from the stripe. But the fort was held down by the Titans, as they created another run to end the quarter with: a 13-4 run led by some hot shooting by both Macoy Putnam and Haden Abbott, with Abbott tallying 11 of the team’s 21 points.
He would conclude the night as the Player of the Game in Steuben County’s fifth winner of the Showcase, as he concluded an overwhelmingly strong offensive night with a game-high 32 points.
“Haden did a great job of knocking down shots. He is very good for us with scoring,” Putnam said. “I think sometimes things get overlooked or the people who help create that for him get overlooked. That’s what I love about this team, how unselfish we are with the ball. Nobody cares who gets points, as long as when it’s done, we’re on top. It’s a blessing the way these kids play. It’s incredible.”
The intensity would catch fire one more time in the third quarter to allow Avoca/Prattsburgh to close the game out over Fillmore (5-4), with Abbott re-igniting his stroke from downtown with two more three-pointers in a row to widen the lead even further away from the reach of the Eagles. When it was all said and done, the Titans amassed a 26-7 frame against the Eagles to officially help themselves lay claim to the triumphant battle once and for all.
Finishing behind Abbott was Macoy Putnam, who netted 16 additional points. Sawyer DeVoe had 14 points, while Evan Campbell followed with five. For the Eagles, Mitch Ward led all scorers with 11 team-high points. Luke Colombo recorded eight points, and Jair Bialek completed the night with five more of his own. Fillmore will return to action Thursday night back inside The Rock, where they face Bolivar-Richburg in a 7:30 p.m. tip-off.
Avoca/Prattsburgh will now host Jasper-Troupsburg, winners of eight straight, on Thursday at 7:15 p.m. in Avoca.
Avoca/Prattsburgh 21 22 26 16 _ 85
Fillmore 11 7 7 19 — 44
AVOCA-PRATTSBURGH: Sawyer Zevoe 14, Evan Campbell 5, Macoy Putnam 15, Haden Abbott 32, Josiah Stillson 3, Chris Abbott 4, Jamel Crowder 3, Dayton Putman 8.
FILLMORE: Eben Shilke 1 0-0 3, Brent Zubikowski 1 0-0 2, Jair Bialek 2 0-0 5, Luke Columbo 3 0-0 8, Mitchell Ward 3 4-4 11, Jonah Bialek 1 0-0 3, Layton Sanasith 1 0-0 3. Totals 13 4-4 44
3-point goals: A/P 9 (Putman, Haden Abbott 4, Stillson, Crowder, Putman 2) F 5 (Shilke Jair Bialek, Columbo, Sisson, Sanasith)
Total Fouls: A/P 14, F. 9 Fouled Out: none