January 07, 2009 CAPAC — Capac overcame a 28-5 halftime deficit to come out on top of a 55-52 verdict over North Branch in a semifinal confrontation at the Harry C. Moore Memorial Basketball Tournament on Monday, December 29.
Brown City High School is where the action unfolded.
With the result, Capac improves to 2-1 overall.
"I have been coaching for over 40 years and don't ever remember a comeback like this," Capac Coach Bob Shoemaker said. "It was incredible to think that were able to rally from that far behind," he noted.
"They came out determined to succeed after the halftime break. Our kids never gave up and we were able to pull it out at the end."
In Monday's confrontation, North Branch bolted out to a 15-2 advantage after one quarter was done.
The second quarter would see North Branch pad its cushion.
Aided by a 13-3 edge there, North Branch took a 28-5 cushion at the halftime break.
When the action resumed, the game's complexion would change considerably.
Capac made sure of that, responding to the challenge presented them with a 29-12 third quarter advantage.
That left North Branch holding a 40-34 edge at the halftime break.
The fourth quarter would see Capac pick up where it left off.
It was there Capac put together a 21-12 run, capped off by a Rick Jones' field goal of the three-point variety. His effort gave the Chiefs a 55-52 edge with 12 seconds showing on the fourth quarter clock.
North Branch pushed the ball rapidly up the floor, hoping to acquire the equalizer.
With just under six ticks remaining, North Branch launched an attempt from trifect territory that failed to connect.
Capac pulled down the missed shot and with it sealed their improbable come-from-behind win.
Matt Burgess (15 points, including three trifectas) led Capac that evening. He was backed by Josh Messner (12 points, featuring four treys), Jones (12, with three triples), Anthony Closurdo (five, including a trifecta), Jon Botwin (four, featuring a trey), Josh Harvey (a triple) along with Joe Johnson and Dillon Hughes (two each).
Deane Baker (15 points, including three trifectas) and Michael Keith (15) proved North Branch's top offensive threats. Justin Calvert added 11 points to the Broncos' cause.