BAY VILLAGE, Ohio – Rocky River scored a season-high 83 points on the night. But that was a figure just short – by the length of an overtime session – of the total hoisted by the host Bay Rockets in a Great Lakes Conference battle on Friday.
On a play many observers viewed as a phantom foul call on a would-be-game-tying 3-pointer, a Bay shooter drew three free throws as time expired. All three were converted, sending a 74-74 game into overtime. And the host Rockets prevailed in the extra session, winning by a final score of 87-83.
“I thought we controlled most of the game,” said Head Coach Mike Murray. “Give Bay credit for coming back, but at the same time its disappointing because we didn’t close out the game.”
To that end, uncontested 15-footers were part of River’s downfall in the loss to the Rockets (6-2, 3-1 GLC). The Pirates – a team that shot 50 percent (13-of-26) on 2-pointers and 56 percent (14-of-25) – went just 14-of-28 (50 percent) from the free-throw line.
Bay went 23-of-34 (67.6 percent) from the line to go alongside a 57.4-percent (31-of-54) mark on field-goal attempts.
The two sides were separated by one score at the end of the first quarter and then again at halftime and then yet again at the end of the third. The Pirates built a three-point lead late, one they failed to bolster at the line and one wiped away by a whistle at the buzzer.
For the game, the Rockets were led by Erik Painter (32 points) and Christian Dupps (24).
The Pirates (6-2, 3-1) were paced by Luke Coyne (23 points, 10 rebounds) and Tommy Ruma (21 points). Cristain Dean added 14 points and eight assists. Connor O’Toole had five assists.
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