Austin Madden makes a heads up play by calling timeout after Ross Seitter dove for a loose ball, giving New Haven the final possession and a chance to force overtime.
Hermann, Mo. – New Haven dropped their second straight and fifth loss in the last six games. Instead of falling to 9-9 after Saturday’s two-point loss to Montgomery County, New Haven could possibly be 12-6 if they could find away to win those close games.
Despite three Shamrocks hitting double figures and Austin Madden’s game high 14 points, all caming in the first half, followed by Seth Schenck and Kyle Ruediger’s 12 points, Montgomery County slipped away with a 46-44 win in Saturday’s third place game.
New Haven busted out of the gates putting on a shooting clinic, scoring the games first seven points, and ending the quarter with a 19-10 lead. Seth Schenck and Austin Madden combing for 15 points, lighting it up by hitting three from downtown and sparked New Haven’s nine-point first quarter lead.
Madden continued the onslaught adding seven more points in the second quarter for a combined 14 first half points. However Montgomery County was able to cut into New Haven’s lead, making it a five-point game at halftime, 30-25.
Before New Haven began the fourth quarter New Haven responded each time Montgomery County went on a run, tying the game twice in the third quarter but never able to take the lead.
Montgomery had tied the game, 34-34, at the 2:09 mark in the third quarter after trailing all game. Ross Seitter made a big time play drawing a charge with 1:50 left, which lead New Haven ending the quarter on an 8-2 run.
After Ross Seitter's charge New Haven came down to score after Kyle Ruediger hit Ben Luecke, giving New Haven a 36-34 lead.
We might as well call it the fourth quarter curse, after three good quarters, New Haven’s fourth quarter woes continued. New Haven led for the first 29 minutes and 37 seconds until Montgomery County broke a 44-44 tie with 2:22 remaining, taking a two-point lead 46-44.
New Haven had their chances, thier first chace to tie the game came with under one minute to go when Kyle Ruediger missed the front end of a one and one.
Montgomery County could have made it a four point game with less than 20 seconds but missed the front end of the bonus themselves, which lead to a great play by Madden.
Off of the missed free throw Seitter dove for a loss ball and Madden’s quick thinking quickly called timeout to give New Haven possession with 12 seconds and a chance to at least tie it and force overtime.
Coach Ray Steinhoff drew up a set play during the timeout which lead to Seitter driving baseline but unable getting the shot to fall, giving Montgomery the 46-44 win and a third place finish.
Saturday marked the second straight game where New Haven had the final shot. Thursday's gave against Chamois New Haven trailed by one and hitting a jumper would have given them the win. With Saturday’s loss New Haven falls to 9-9.
New Haven has a tough week ahead, having to play three games; Tuesday they travel to South Callaway then turn around and travel to *Bourbon on Wednesday and then back home for Homecoming on Friday against Union.
*Wednesday is a rescheduled game from earlier this year when it was canceled due to bad weather.
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