Sweet Homecoming Shamrocks win in overtime 52-50

Ross Seitter picks up a loose ball in overtime as New Haven trails 48-47, to give the Shamrocks a one point lead with under a minute to play.

New Haven, Mo. – Friday night’s overtime thriller saw a combined 13 lead changes, seven times the game was tied, and neither team able to build more than three point lead.

Union trailed by two, 42-40, as Nick Ziegler drove to the basket, hitting a turn around jumper as time expired, forcing the overtime and giving Union the momentum.

In the past two weeks New Haven has lost four games on the last possession and three of those times had control the last possession. “For regulation to end the way it did tonight…you could see it in the kid’s eyes…was like here we go again,” coach Ray Steinhoff told Quick News after the game.

Union quickly jumped out to a four-point lead while New Haven appeared dejected from the way regulation had ended. “I told them during the timeout they were going to have to show a lot of mental toughness.  At first didn’t look like it was going to happen.  Our kids could have gave in for sure…but they kept making plays,” Steinhoff said.

Shamrocks trailed 46-42 in overtime; Austin Madden brought New Haven with in two, hitting a jumper from the elbow at the 2:45 mark.  Union’s Brian Borgmann answered to put his team back up by four, 48-44, with 2:25 remaining.

New Haven still trailed by one, 48-47, after Kyle Ruediger knocked down two free throws and Madden hit one of two after forcing a steal with less than one minute to play.Madden deflected Ziegler’s pass.  Ross Seitter picked up the loose ball, after Madden deflected a pass, scoring a layup and putting New Haven a head by one, 49-48.

Trailing by two after Seth Schenck hit one of two from the line, 50-48, Union’s Blake Hulsey tied the game for the seventh time with just 8 seconds left on the clock when disaster struck.

Not realizing the score was tied a Union guard immediately fouled Schenck, sending him to the line to shoot two.

Schenuck gave New Haven the lead, 52-50, hitting both free throws, which turned out to be the game winning points.

Union pushed it up the court, getting a good shot from just inside lane but fell short, as did their conference record to 0-3.

New Haven improves to 1-2 in conference, won their second straight, and improve to 11-10.

Steinhoff on how his team played:

“Mainly played with a lot of heart and hustle, lot of the plays we made were out hustling them [Union], that’s what I was the most proud of, the fact our kids never gave up and kept making plays.”

Schenck finished with a team high 14 points, hit three 3’s, and five assists.  “Seth’s [Schenck] always going to guard hard…going to give you all he’s got all the team.  He is relentless. If you look up relentless in the dictionary you’re going to see Seth,” Steinhoff said.

Ruediger contributed 12 points while grabbing a team high six rebounds.  Alex Poggas hit a career high three 3’s, scoring nine points and drew a key charge late in the fourth quarter.

Seitter’s fifth steal of the night in overtime that gave New Haven the lead marked a career high in steals and also grabbed five rebounds.

Madden finished with 11 points in Friday’s game, scoring six points in the second quarter, which is what Madden has done most of the season.  When New Haven needs a burst of energy or something to get them going, Madden has been the one to do so.

One stat that goes overlooked in basketball and one of the biggest game changing plays a player can make, is stepping in and drawing the charge.  This is one stat that few if any team/state even keeps track of because if they did Madden would be atop the list.

In New Haven’s 21 games, Madden has drawn 12 charges, taking three in a single game.  New Haven’s all-time career charge leader prior to this year was Eric Steinbeck.  We have to check the record books but Steinbeck’s record is on the verge of being broken.

New Haven will host Sullivan on Tuesday, which will be a huge test for the Shamrocks as Sullivan is currently 13-7 after St. Clair upset them on Friday.

Thursday the Shamrocks travel to Hermann before entering their final week of the regular season.

Side note: New Haven’s last game will be Friday Feb. 15 against Owensville.  After the game there will be a small reception with cake and drinks in the cafeteria.  In between games there will be a special recognition.  More details to come.

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Madden picks up his 12 charge of the season.