Connect with us

Boys Basketball

In back-to-back OT games, Canton beats Mills but loses to Coventry at buzzer

Canton’s Matt Rose (33) lines up a shot in Friday night’s overtime loss to Coventry. Rose hit a shot to force overtime. (Photo courtesy Paul Amrose)

CANTON, January 4 – In the past week, Canton has played two games. Both have gone into overtime.

Last week, the Warriors outlasted Lewis Mills in overtime, 50-47 despite 19 points from Mills’ Josh Schibi.

On Friday night, Canton’s Matt Rose sank a rebound as time expired to force overtime. But Coventry’s Cameron Francis scored at the buzzer to conclude OT to lift the Patriots to a 60-59 victory Friday night in Canton.

Grant Lange scored a career-high 28 points while Matt Rose added 15 for the Warriors, now 3-3 overall and 2-2 in the NCCC. Lange scored 19 points in the first half.

Coventry (3-2, 2-1 NCCC) was leading by two in the waning seconds of the game. Canton’s Jack Rose drove to the basket and missed. He grabbed the rebound and missed but his brother, Matt, grabbed the rebound and scored as time expired in the fourth quarter.

Canton’s Grant Lange had a career-high 28 points in Friday night’s OT loss to Coventry. (Photo courtesy Paul Amrose)

The Patriots used a balanced attack to beat the Warriors with Jordan Jeroszko scoring 13 points, Francis scoring 10, including the game winning shot, with D.J. Fleming and John Boutin scoring nine points each.

It was the first OT game between the two teams since 2014. Ironically, that was the last time that Canton played back-to-back overtime contests. In 2014, Canton lost to Suffield in double OT but beat Coventry in their next contest.

On Saturday, Dec. 29, Canton hosted Lewis Mills in an afternoon contest that went into overtime. Josh Burke had a career-high 18 points for Canton while Chris Tenczar and Matt Rose added 11 points each.

Schibi helped Mills force OT by scoring on a three-point shot at the buzzer. And as overtime came to a close, the Warriors again had a three-point lead. But this time, Schibi’s three-point shot was off the rim and the Warriors picked up the victory.

It was the first OT game between the two schools since 1983 when Mills won, 56-54. Canton has now won five straight games in the series that began in 1960 and leads, 32-24.

Canton returns to action on Wednesday night when they host Granby at 7 p.m. in Canton.

Canton’s Thomas Amrose turns to drive toward the basket in Friday’s OT loss to Coventry. (Photo courtesy Paul Amrose)

Coventry 60, Canton 59, OT
At Canton
Coventry (60) D.J. Fleming 3 1 9, Cameron Francis 4 1 10, Jordan Smith 2 4 8, Ben Liptrap 4 0 8, Jordan Jeroszko 6 1 13, Hunter Coulombe 0-0-0, John Rogers 0-0-0, Daniel Thompson 1 0 3, John Boutin 4 1 9, Max Keffer 0-0-0. Totals 24 8 60
Canton (59) Josh Burke 1 0 3, Chris Tenczar 1 2 4, Michael Sullivan 1 0 2, Dugan Lloyd 1 0 2, Grant Lange 11 1 28, Matt Rose 7 1 15, Jack Rose 1 3 5. Totals 23 7 59
Coventry (3-2)                     16  12  10  17  5 – 60
Canton (3-3)                         14  11  12  11  4 – 59
Three-point goals: Fleming (Cov) 2, Francis (Cov), Thompson (Cov), Burke (Can), Lange (Can) 5

Canton 50, Lewis Mills 47, OT
At Canton
Lewis Mills (47) Matt Fitzsimons 1 0 3, Tim Groleau 2 0 4, Aidan Sullivan 0 2 2, Josh Schibi 4 9 19, James Nestor 2 3 8, Aaron Pelchar 1 0 2, Colby Cables 4 0 9. Totals 14 14 47
Canton (50) Josh Burke 6 2 18, Chris Tenczar 4 3 11, Matthew Rose 4 3 11, Jack Rose 1 2 4, Grant Lange 2 1 6. Totals 16 11 50
Lewis Mills (2-2)                  10  8  12  13  4  — 47
Canton (3-2)                         10  9  15    9  7  — 50
Three-point goals: Fitzsimons (LM), Schibi (LM) 2, Nestor (LM), Cables (LM); Burke (Ca) 4, Lange (Ca)

 

Since 2009, the Collinsville Press has been providing award-winning coverage of sports and news in the Farmington Valley and across Connecticut.

More in Boys Basketball