TOLEDO— It was a hard fought battle between the Casey-Westfield boys' basketball team and Cumberland with multiple lead changes throughout the four quarters. It came down to free throws as the Pirates were able to convert down the stretch to thwart the Warriors’ comeback attempt and seal the 68-65 win.
“We made a lot of mistakes tonight, but the effort was there and if that is there, the wins will come, “ said Cumberland coach Justin Roedl following the win. “Tyson Magee and Zach Wolke did what we needed them to do tonight. Definitely our biggest win to date but not where we want to peak. It’s a stepping stone for the rest of the season."
The Pirates held a slim two-point lead heading into the final quarter of regulation and got a bucket by Magee to up the lead to your, 47-43.
The Warriors suffered back-to-back turnovers, for a total of 13 in the game, and that is when the momentum swung Cumberland way as Magee capitalized on a conventional three-point play to extend the lead to seven, 50-43.
A big offensive board by the Warriors Jarod Brandenburg set the stage for a Logan Hawker three that pulled CW to within four.
A Wolke assisted basket by Gabe Hatfill pushed the lead back to six only to see that effort matched by Brandenburg on the Warriors end of the floor to cut the deficit back to four.
Magee then converted the offensive board to make the score 54-48 before a run of turnovers by both sides lasted until the 4-minute mark of the fourth.
An offensive putback by Richards cut the four but Magee answered with a deuce on the Cumberland end of the court.
Noah Livingston converted his own offensive board to bring the Warriors back within four, but Magee came up big again for the Pirates with another bucket to extend it back to six.
With just over two minutes remaining in regulation, Hawker got an open look from beyond the arc to make it a one possession game but it was Magee once again scoring for the Pirates to make the lead five.
Richards drew contact but not the foul on a missed shot in the paint and Hatfill got the board. Magee was sent to the strip on Brandenburg's foul and hit one of two attempts from the stripe.
Magee then hacked Richards, who converted both of his attempts from the free throw line to narrow the deficit back to four, 61-57. A bucket by Richards knocked it down to two points before a Magee bucket widened it back to three with 42 seconds remaining.
Brandenburg then hit a jumper just inside the line to bring the Warriors within two, 63-61, with 34 seconds on the clock.
Wolke was sent to the line as Brandenburg exited the game with his fifth foul and calmly sank both attempts. Richards then answered with a bucket and Wolke was fouled quickly on the in bounds by Gilbert. Wolke converted one of two attempts this time around, but the carom ended up out of bounds off the Warriors to give the ball right back to the Pirates.
Wolke was again sent to the stripe with five seconds left in regulation. He it both attempts to seal the win by a final 68-63 score.
CW jumped out to an 18-14 lead after one, but the Pirates rallied in the second to hold a 31-29 lead at the intermission.
Cumberland’s Magee was the game’s high point man with 29 points while Wolke chipped in 13 for the Pirates in the win. Magee, Alex Talley and Gabe Hatfill pulled down three rebounds each and freshman Brennyn Cutts came up with three steals.
For the Warriors, Hawker was the top scorer with 24 points with Richards contributing 20 points, all in the second half, and pulled down six rebounds, as did Ethan Gilbert.
The Pirates improve to 3-3 and travel to Arthur to face ALAH on Friday while the Warriors suffer their first loss of the season and stand 5-1 and will also be on the road Friday night in a key LIC match-up at Robinson.