CEDARVILLE — Greeneview senior forward Dalton Caudill admitted to feeling a bit nervous late in Friday night’s game.
Host Cedarville had just tied the game at 36-all on a nifty long-range 3-pointer by Josh Wilson with just over six minutes left in the game, and it looked as if the Indians were going to ride that sudden momentum the rest of the way for a win.
But just when it looked as if everything was going Cedarville’s way, the Rams got hot from behind the 3-point arc, hit enough free throws to maintain the lead down the stretch, and came away with a 55-44 win.
First, Ricky Mickle swished a trey from the top of the arc to pull Greeneview ahead 39-36, with 5:24 to go.
Then after a Cedarville traveling call, Tristan Saunders buried a three from the left wing.
And then, Caudill snared a rebound of an Ethan Bradds miss and scored from inside the paint on the right side. Suddenly the Rams had a 44-36 lead and were back in control.
“To be honest, I did panic a little bit,” Caudill admitted. “But the whole team got focused and found a way to pull this one out. Our seniors (Caudill, Alec Nix and Mickle), I love those guys. This was out last chance to win in our high school careers to win in this gym, and so if felt really good to come away with a win like we did.”
Caudill finished with a game-high 18 points, with 11 of that total coming in the second half. Ethan Bradds finished with 16, Ricky Mickle and Saunders finished with six points each, Nix added five and Jacob Mickle added four, in the Rams win.
“If he did panic, I didn’t see it,” Greeneview coach Kyle Fulk said. “I was maybe a little bit nervous, but when Mickle and Tristan both hit their threes, and then Dalton got that put-back score, I knew we’d be okay.
“This is a huge win for our team. It’s always tough to win a league game, especially on the road. I really love our kids’ toughness they showed down the stretch.”
Four Greeneview players combined to hit 12 of 17 free throws in the game’s final four minutes.
Cedarville coach Ryan Godlove said the team missed its top big man, Kevin Oldiges. He was attending a funeral on Friday.
“He’s a big piece of our team rebounding, and we missed him today,” Godlove said. He credited Mitchell Kinney and Kosi Al-Hasan with solid play, and said that Josh Wilson held his own as well.
“We showed a lot of grit to battle back like that. We fought hard, but just ran out of gas down the stretch,” he said. “It’s a tough loss for us.”
Brant Wickline led Cedarville with a 15-point effort, Grant Hudson finished with nine points and Wilson tossed in eight in the loss.
Greeneview, now 6-10 overall record and a 6-4 mark in the OHC, will host Anna tonight.
Cedarville (7-7, 3-5 OHC) will host Bradford tonight for a nonleague game.