The final time Columbia School males’s basketball confronted Lyon School on Feb. 13, Columbia suffered one among its most irritating defeats of the season.
The Cougars fell to the Scots by two factors, shot 36.5% from the sector and most significantly, misplaced late within the common season in opposition to a convention rival as the 2 applications jockeyed for place heading into the postseason.
Columbia had its probability for revenge, this time within the semifinal of the American Midwest Convention Match on Saturday in Batesville, Arkansas.
Columbia took its probability, taking down prime seed Lyon 73-70 in an additional time thriller to arrange an AMC closing sport in opposition to Central Baptist.
“I’m so pleased with our group for a way they got here again after that run, and even after a sport tying 3 in regulation, for a way we responded in additional time and had been capable of come out on prime,” Columbia coach Tomas Brock mentioned.
The sport had three distinctly totally different intervals.
The Cougars managed the primary half by lighting up the scoreboard from past the arc, going 7 of 11 to hold them to a 10-point lead going into the second half, which stretched to fifteen halfway by way of the interval.
Lyon shouldn’t be the highest seed for nothing, nevertheless, and fought again with compact defending and scientific offense to chip away on the lead. With two seconds remaining the Scots’ Faris Verlasavic despatched the match to additional time with an extended 3.
However the Scots’ efforts had been in useless.
Columbia would prevail due to the additional time efforts of three of its greatest gamers: Tony Burks, Harrison Vickers and Jack Fritsche.
“I assumed Harrison performed one among his greatest video games of the yr,” Brock mentioned. “They did a extremely good job defensively on Tony in regulation, particularly, however for him to return again in additional time and make a pair actually vital buckets for us, seize some actually huge rebounds defensively for us, confirmed lots of resolve on his finish.
“I’ll throw in Jorge Bueno, as effectively. He had a pair huge photographs within the first half, Jack hit some huge photographs late, so we had our two seniors make performs in an enormous sport. That’s what it’s all about.”
Burks, Vickers and Fritsche mixed for all of Columbia’s 12 factors in additional time. They’d collectively go 6 for six from the free-throw line within the additional 5 minutes and mixed for only one miss from the sector in the whole interval.
“To shut out a workforce you’ve received to try this, you’ve received to make these,” Brock mentioned. “Couple that with some actually well timed defensive stops and that’s the way you win on the highway.”
Within the first 20 minutes of the sport, Lyon defended the paint effectively, however in doing so gave Columbia time and area from 3, which the Cougars took full benefit of.
Columbia ended the matchup with 9 whole 3s, seven of which coming within the first half.
“Lyon is likely one of the greatest defensive groups within the nation, and the way they do that’s they keep very compact on protection,” Brock mentioned. “Towards a workforce that’s going to pack it in like that, you’ve received to have the ability to make some leap photographs to area them out a little bit bit.
“It was actually vital for us to hit a few of these 3s early within the first half.”
The latter levels of the second half was a wholly totally different story.
The place Columbia pissed off Lyon’s offense by selecting up 10 defensive boards to Lyon’s offensive two, selecting up six steals and forcing the Scots into 9 turnovers within the first half, it faltered within the second half, giving up six offensive rebounds, gathering simply three steals and forcing solely 5 turnovers.
The latter levels of the match had been much less fruitful for the Columbia protection, however regardless of the 15-point collapse, Brock was happy along with his groups’ total defensive efforts.
“After we had been set within the halfcourt, our halfcourt protection was actually robust,” Brock mentioned. “In all of the video games we’ve had success, that halfcourt protection has actually been an vital piece to that success.”
Although it was in the end tighter than it might have preferred, Columbia left Batesville, Arkansas, with the win and can now compete for an AMC title Tuesday in opposition to Central Baptist.
“It’s going be bodily, it’s going to be aggressive and it’s going to be onerous however we’ve received a gaggle that we received down there and we’ve had some success,” Brock mentioned.