|DIVISION III REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP * MARCH 21st * CONVO IN ATHENS
to the Final Four
Thirty-two minutes was not enough to decide the regional champion Saturday at the Convo in Athens.
Chances of the Final Four seemed to be slipping away from Piketon. Down by 10 points late in
regulation, Piketon got threes from Cody Smith, Jared Vulgamore, and Jordan Brabson, and all of sudden
- thanks to some poor free throw shooting from Grandview Heights - Piketon had the ball down by two
with a chance to tie. Brabson's first attempt was no good, but a hustle play from Vulgamore gave
Brabson another shot and the senior delivered a bucket to send the game to overtime tied at 68-68.
Overtime was all Piketon as the Redstreaks finished the incredible comeback to capture the regional
championship with a 78-72 win to punch their ticket to next week's Final Four in Columbus.
Early in the game with the two teams tied at 10-10, Piketon scored nine straight points only to see
Grandview Heights return the favor to tie the game at 19-19. The rest of the first half was just as tight as
the two teams eventually went to the half still tied at 34-34.
In the third quarter, the two teams still couldn't space from one another, but as the game moved to the
fourth quarter the three-point line started to help Grandview Heights open the big lead before Piketon
started on the before mentioned incredible comeback.
Smith ended the game with 27 points and 11 rebounds while Brabson poured in 26 points and grabbed
seven rebounds. Sophomore Evan Legg scored 12 points, junior Caleb Southworth scored nine points
and pulled down 13 rebounds, and Vulgamore, just a sophomore, played a huge role in the comeback
with the big triple and some key hustle plays.
Piketon - now 24-2 - heads to the Final Four next week. The trip is the first in school history, and it is the
first for the SVC since 1991.
|Smith, Brabson record huge nights in championship win