Holcomb's Ryan Reeves is guarded by Bernie's Jake Wagner. [Order this photo]
The top-seeded Bernie Mules held second-seeded Holcomb to just one field goal in the final four minutes to secure a 54-52 overtime victory in the championship of the Campbell Invitational Tournament. It is Bernie's fifth opening-season tournament title in the last six seasons.
"Two good teams battled it out tonight," Holcomb coach Seth McBroom said. "It's almost like you know these two programs are going to meet up now. It was kind of a defensive struggle. Both teams were held to less than 60 points in a game that went to overtime."
Holcomb, which went 2-2 in four varsity contests against the Mules last season, missed two 3-pointers in the final 10 seconds of overtime that would have put Bernie down by one.
"It's a battle every time us and Holcomb get together," Bernie coach Brad Botsch said. "We feel fortunate to come out on top because the game could have went either way for much of the night. I'm glad our kids gutted it out."
Holcomb, which called its final timeout with 18 seconds remaining in overtime after it pushed the ball near half court, left the option of going for a 2-pointer or 3-pointer open coming out of the timeout.
"We drew up a play that gave us an option for a two or a three," McBroom said. "Looking back on it you can always think of another play you might would have ran instead, but we just went a little too early. We didn't wait and the kids knew it, but then we couldn't really reset it. It was a broken play after that and we got a good look with a good 3-point shooter in Ryan Reeves. It hit the front of the rim."
Holcomb rebounded the ball and missed a desperation trey shortly before time expired.
"I thought the most important thing was taking care of the ball and executing offensively," Botsch said of the overtime. "It was something we didn't do a very good job of all night long. We were careless with the ball and we are going to have to get a lot better in that aspect if we are going to continue to win."
Bernie never trailed in the overtime. A field goal by Sam Turner put the Mules on top 51-49 with 3:21 left in the extra session.
Holcomb center Jamie Massey followed with the Hornets' only field goal of overtime at the 3:01 mark to tie the game at 51-51. Massey, who calculated a game-high 21 points, fouled out with 1:51 remaining in overtime.
Bubby Schwent recorded a free throw and 2-point field goal to account for Bernie's final three points in overtime.
The Mules were fortunate to make it to the extra session.
Bernie trailed the game 48-47 with 26 seconds left in the fourth quarter before David Baker knocked down a field goal coming out of a timeout to put Bernie back on top by one with 12 seconds left. Baker finished the game with 13 points.
"We drew one up to pull Massey out," Botsch said, when asked what play was drawn up for Baker. "He had to come out and guard the ball-handler and we were able to get David the ball inside and he finished. Then they came right back at us and tied it. It was just a see-saw game back and forth."
Holcomb pushed the ball to half court following Baker's shot and got the ball to Massey who missed a field goal in the paint with five seconds remaining. Massey was fouled on the shot and made one of two free throws to tie the game 49-49 and force overtime.
"We were out of timeouts," McBroom said. "Chase Davis made a great pass to Jamie and the shot almost went in. He stepped up and made the first free throw real smooth. The second one didn't go in."
Holcomb trailed the game 46-41 when Michael Glover fouled out with 5:50 left in the fourth quarter. James Vance, who had been a key contributor for the Hornets throughout the tournament, suffered a game-ending injury less than a minute later.
"We had Tyler Lewis out of the game with a hand injury and Vance got a cut in the middle of the fourth quarter right after Glover fouled out," McBroom said. "We couldn't get Vance's cut to stop bleeding and he will probably have to have stitches. After Jamie fouled out in the overtime on what looked like a good block we had five guards out there basically. We had some adversity and still had a chance to win the game in the end. You've got to be pleased about that. Bernie is a hard team to play against. They are well-coached and they are tough to beat in a tournament when you don't have time to prepare for them."
Holcomb threatened to blow the game open early in the first half. The Hornets jumped out to a 10-2 lead and led 12-4 at the end of the first quarter. Holcomb led 18-9 at the four-minute mark of the second period before Bernie ended the half on a 19-8 run and led 28-26 at halftime.
"They weren't hitting at first and the zone worked," McBroom said. "Then we got to going a little too fast at times and Bernie got happy. They wanted to go fast and we wanted it slow."
B.J. Jennings calculated eight of his team-high 18 points in the second period for Bernie.
"I thought they came out with a lot more intensity than us," Botsch said. "I thought they played with more heart out of the gate. We made some adjustments defensively and started to pick them up deeper so we could speed the game up. We forced some turnovers and scored out of those. I think that helped our kids get a little bit more energy. I don't know why we came out so flat defensively, but Holcomb took it right at us early and we didn't counter until the game started going."
Neither team led by double digits in the second half. Holcomb's largest lead in the second half was two and Bernie's largest lead was five.
Botsch spoke highly of his counterpart following the victory.
"Coach McBroom does a great job down in Holcomb and it's always tough to play them," Botsch said. "He's a class act and I appreciate how hard his kids compete. I really admire their program."
Notes: Bernie and Holcomb will have their home openers Tuesday. Bernie will host Scott City and Holcomb will host Senath-Hornersville.
No. 1 Bernie 54, No. 2 Holcomb 52 (OT)
HHS 12 14 15 8 3 - 52
BHS 4 24 13 8 5 - 54
HOLCOMB (52) - Chase Davis 6, Cameron Clark 9, Aaron Sikes 3, Ryan Reeves 3, James Vance 6, Jamie Massey 21, Michael Glover 4. FG 19, FT 11/19, F 24. (3-pointers: Clark 2, Davis 1. Fouled out: Massey, Glover)
BERNIE (54) - Landon Woods 8, B.J. Jennings 18, Troy Kirkpatrick 7, Bubby Schwent 2, David Baker 13, Sam Turner 6. FG 18, FT 11/24, F 20. (3-pointers: Jennings 4, Kirkpatrick 1, Woods 1, Turner 1. Fouled out: none)
No. 4 seeded Twin Rivers 71, No. 3 Risco 63
The Twin Rivers varsity boys basketball team beat Risco 70-63 in the third-place game at the Campbell Invitational varsity boys basketball tournament Friday night.
TRS 19 12 21 19 - 71
RHS 20 20 7 16 - 63
TWIN RIVERS (71) - Zach Underberg 15, Blake Moore 4, Nathan Ezernack 4, Michael Snider 22, Wes McCollum 6, Eric Ray 18, Seth Snider 2. FG 26, FT 15/21, F 21. (3-pointers: McCollum 2, Snider 1, Underberg 1. Fouled out: none)
RISCO (63) - Josh Earnheart 4, Caleb McCord 5, Austin White 16, Jordan Pavy 25, Matt Cummins 5, Brandon Bixler 8. FG 21, FT 20/26, F 16. (3-pointers: McCord 1. Fouled out: White, McCord)
No. 6 seeded Bloomfield 70, No. 8 Campbell 46
The Bloomfield Wildcats defeated the Campbell Camels 70-46 in the consolation championship of the Campbell Invitational varsity boys basketball tournament Friday night.
CHS 8 12 13 13 - 46
BHS 16 12 18 24 - 70
CAMPBELL (46) - Lance Dell 8, Chris Vaughn 20, Joey Baggett 6, Austin Wethington 4, Matt Goodnight 5, Spencer Haynes 1, Cody Belcher 2. FG 16, FT 11/19, F 16. (3-pointers: Vaughn 2, Dell 1. Fouled out: Baggett)
BLOOMFIELD (70) - Caleb Baker 16, Brett Ruch 20, Austin Williamson 5, Tim Fox 3, Thomas Sanders 4, Austin Battles 3, Zac Goode 17, Travis Phillips 2. FG 23, FT 17/22, F 13. (3-pointers: Goode 5, Fox 1, Baker 1. Fouled out: none)