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Twin Lakes goes inside to halt Maconaquah
March 5, 2012Twin Lakes High School
MONTICELLO -- Twin Lakes' offensive rebounding played a big part Tuesday night in its 70-61 overtime win over Maconaquah in a Class 3A, Sectional 20 opening round game.
The Indians finished with a 24-11 edge in offensive rebounding, which was simple to explain.
"Missed shots," Twin Lakes senior Brian Moore said. "We missed quite a few layups, but I have all of the confidence in the world that next time we'll make those. We crashed the boards pretty good. Our goal is to have three to four rebounders on every shot, and I think we did that."
Maconaquah played without leading scorer and rebounder, 6-foot-8 Micah Pier, who had a leg injury. The Braves missed his presence in the post, early and often.
"You get used to a big man just grabbing the boards and that wasn't there tonight," Maconaquah coach Lucas Zartman said. "I think that is probably the stat of the game as far as a difference maker.
"There were several possessions where they had three or four shots and were finally able to put the ball in the hole. That is probably the area where Micah being gone hurt us the most."
Twin Lakes (14-8) held a slim 51-49 lead with three minutes left in regulation, but couldn't put the Braves (12-9) away.
Maconaquah senior Ryan Frantz scored on three consecutive possessions, with his last basket tying the game at 55 with 1:40 remaining. He finished with a team-high 23 points.
Twin Lakes then missed a jumper, which Maconaquah rebounded with one minute left. The Braves were going to hold for the last shot, said Zartman, but Cole Shafer shot a 3-pointer from the corner that hit the side of the backboard.
Moore missed a jumper with three seconds remaining, leading to overtime.
The teams traded baskets to open overtime, with Shafer's 3-pointer putting the Braves ahead, 58-57, with two minutes remaining.
Maconaquah's Adam Harts then drew a charge on Moore and it appeared momentum was on the side of the Braves.
That changed with two defensive plays.
Twin Lakes guard Jordan Crabb stole the ball at mid-court from Frantz and scored a layup to give the Indians a lead they would not relinquish. Moore followed up with another steal as Twin Lakes rattled off a 9-0 run.
"It's something we know they can do," Twin Lakes coach Kent Adams said. "Jordan understands the strengths and tendencies of the opposing player. He set himself up perfectly for that. He's not the quickest in the world but he's smart."
Despite the numerous second-chance opportunities given up, Maconaquah led 31-21 with 1:20 left in the first half. The Indians, however, answered with an 8-0 run to finish the half trailing 31-29. Crabb scored five of those points for Twin Lakes.
"That was absolutely huge," Adams said. "We're on the verge of going into the locker room down 10 and then what do we do?"
Moore finished with 24 points on 6 of 15 shooting from the field and 11 of 15 from the free throw line. He helped counter a big game from Frantz, who scored his 23 points on 9 of 12 shooting.
Crabb finished with 15 points, while Ryan Connell added 12 rebounds and eight points for the Indians. Cody DeBoy provided eight points and nine rebounds.
Twin Lakes advances to play Benton Central in the first semifinal game on Friday.