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Imlay City wins in OT over Capac

Spartans blur title picture with 64-63 win

Kevin Bollaert, of Capac, hits Imlay City’s Adam Van Dyk with an inadvertent elbow while pursuing a loose ball in last week’s BWAC battle. photo by Kevin Kissane.

February 13, 2008
TRI-CITY AREA — Chris Coleman hit a 15-foot jumper with 12 seconds remaining during overtime, lifting visiting Imlay City to a 64-63 victory over Capac in a Blue Water Area Conference varsity boys' basketball battle on Tuesday, February 5.

With the decision, Imlay City improves its mark to 6-9 and 4-7. Capac falls to 9-6 and 6-5.

In Tuesday's battle, Capac jumped out to a 12-7 cushion after one quarter was complete.

Quarter number two saw Imlay City deposit 23 points through the twines, while allowing Capac 16.

That staked Imlay City to a 30-28 edge at the halftime break.

When the action resumed, Imlay City struck with a 20-14 third quarter advantage.

That made it 50-42, Imlay City, at the 24-minute mark.

Capac then bounced back with a 16-8 fourth quarter advantage.

That squared the scoreboard count at 58 points apiece and extended the contest to overtime.

In the extra four-minute session, Capac drew first blood. That happened when A.J. Rank capitalized on a pinpoint pass from Chris Schroeder just 10 seconds in.

Imlay City then bounced back with a 4-1 run over the next two minutes, capped off by a Mason Duke put-back, to go ahead 62-61 with 1:50 remaining.

That lead, though, wouldn't last for long.

With 1:00 left, Capac's Dan Jackson was fouled on a drive to the basket. He drained the first attempt and the second met with a similar fate, staking his team to a 63-62 edge at the time.

On the ensuing possession, Imlay City came away emptyhanded in their pursuit of points.

Capac then went to a delay game and appeared poised to put the game away.

With Imlay City chasing them in their hopes of getting a steal, Capac was succeeding in keeping their opponents at bay.

Then, just as Imlay City was about to foul to stop the clock, Capac lost the handle on a pass and the ball fell into the backcourt.

Imlay City had just forced a costly turnover, putting the outcome up for grabs again.

Not suprisingly, Imlay City got the ball into the hands of Coleman. He dribbled a few times, elevated above a defender and buried an attempt from 15 feet away.

There was now 12 seconds remaining during overtime and Imlay City held a 64-63 edge.

On the ensuing possession, Capac pushed the ball up the floor quickly. It was there Jon Carroll fired up a shot from trifecta territory which hit the rim and fell out.

Imlay City had pulled out a dramatic 64-63 win at Capac's expense.

Coleman led Imlay City with 13 points, including two field goals of the three-point variety. He was backed by Ben Deppong (12 points), Duke (10), Adam Van Dyk (eight), Blaine Goertler (six, featuring a pair of treys), Darren Saunders (five), Chris Walters (four) along with John Aversano and Eric Ebert (two apiece).

Joe Frazier (15 points, with five triples), Schroeder (12) and Jackson (11) proved Capac's top offensive threats. Their remaining points went to Rank (seven), Carroll (six), Kevin Bollaert (four), Tino Siewert (a three-pointer), Jon Botwin (three) and Joe Harvey (two).

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