Bizarre fourth quarter leads to a 41-29 Sullivan win

Austin Madden brings New Haven within three midway through the third quarter.

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New Haven, Mo.
–Coming off an overtime win in Friday night’s conference battle with Union, it looked as if New Haven had overcome what had been a season of heartbreaking losses and unfortunate injuries; Shamrock fans caught a glimpse of sunlight at the Homecoming game. However, Tuesday night the clouds thickened, taking away the light from Friday night.

Sullivan’s Justin Biermann led all scores with 19 points followed by J.C. Beckett’s 14 points, hitting three 3’s in the first half, leading Sullivan to a 41-29 win.  This improved Sullivan to 3-1, and 14-7 on the year, while New Haven fell to 1-3, 11-11.

Sullivan led by one at 22-21 as they began the third quarter. In New Haven’s first two possessions Sullivan forced the Shamrocks into back to back turnovers, which lead to five straight points, giving Sullivan their largest lead in the game, 27-21.

New Haven battled back with Kyle Ruediger and Ross Seitter scoring back to back layups to pull the Shamrocks within two at 27-25, but a third turnover led to Biermann completing a three-point play after being fouled, leaving the score 30-25, and Sullivan’s eighth point off three Shamrock turnovers.

Sullivan capitalized off New Haven’s three turnovers by scoring eight points giving Sullivan a 35-29 lead as they headed into the final eight minutes.

Sullivan's Justin Biermann scores the only field goal of the fourth quarter.

The fourth quarter was anything but normal. Only one field goal was made, which came at the six-minute mark after Sullivan had worked a minute off the clock; Biermann scored off an offensive rebound, 37-29.

Sullivan was content with their eight point lead, limiting New Haven to just three possessions in the first four and a half minutes, while they controlled time of possession, limiting New Haven to just under 90 seconds of offense.

Sullivan scored just two points during that time, while New Haven only trailed by eight. The Shamrocks were given numerous opportunities to cut into Sullivan’s lead after a forced turnover and the Eagles missed two front ends of a one and one with still two minutes on the clock. Instead of an eight-point game, New Haven could have easily trailed by just two.

Sullivan finished four of ten from the line in the fourth quarter, with 10-18 overall. Time of possession was the difference in the final quarter as Sullivan controlled the ball slightly over five minutes.

Just three games remain for New Haven before districts, in which they have been given the number 4 seed. Click here to download the bracket. We will have more about the Class 2 District 4 tournament later next week.

New Haven travels to Hermann on Friday, then to St. Clair on Tuesday before returning for their final regular season game next Friday against Owensville.

Important Note: Senior night will be held between games against Owensville. Immediately following recognition of the seniors, Coach Tim Strobel will be recognized for his 20 years of dedication to New Haven’s boys’ basketball program. Following the game, the Athletic Boosters will have cake and drinks in the cafeteria.

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