Boys basketball: LCC falls in overtime

Thunderbirds’ Johnson forces overtime with late bucket

By Tom Usher -

LIMA — It took a near miracle shot for Lima Central Catholic to reach overtime.

Once there, the T-Birds’ magical surge was over.

Chaminade Julienne guard Jack Nauseef was too much for LCC in regulation and overtime and the Eagles posted a 75-72 overtime boys basketball victory over LCC on Tuesday night at Herr Gymnasium.

Nauseef, who averages 11 points per game, had 31 points and was 4 of 6 on 3-pointers. He was also 7 of 7 at the foul line.

“Jack is great at the end of games,” CJ veteran coach Joe Staley said.

Chaminade Julienne, ranked No. 4 in D-II, is 18-3 and has already clinched the North Division of the Greater Catholic League with a 9-0 mark.

LCC is 9-10 and hadn’t played since a loss to Elida eight days ago.

In overtime, Nauseef had six of his team’s 10 points and was 4 of 4 at the line.

The reason the game went to overtime occurred when LCC guard Biggz Johnson tossed in an 8-foot follow shot falling down. He caught and flipped on his way down and as he hit the floor, the ball went through the net.

That tied the game at 65 with five seconds left.

The Eagles inbounded the ball, but didn’t get a final shot at the end of regulation.

Johnson finished with eight points and was in foul trouble most of the night for LCC.

Picking up his effort was Jeremy Allen, who tossed in a career-high 23 points with four 3-pointers.

“If not for Jeremy Allen in the fourth quarter, we’re not in that game,” LCC coach Frank Kill said. “He made that first one and I said, ‘Feed him.’ And he was a defensive stopper tonight.

“We’re catching momentum, but I’m tired of taking the ‘L.’ ’’

LCC led 37-33 at the half.

“In the first half they played harder and outplayed us,” Staley said.

Staley announced earlier this year that this would be his final year.

CJ started the third quarter on a 12-0 run and pulled out to a 45-37 lead.

“That’s what they’re supposed to be doing,” Staley said. “We’re very good at the very end of the game, but outside of that, our concentration is not where it needs to be.’’

Added Kill, “That was the difference maker. … We came out (in the second half) flat.’’

The Eagles led 49-43 after three.

But Allen knocked down three straight 3-pointers from the right corner.

After the third one, LCC pulled ahead 52-51 with 5:33 left.

It was back and forth for the remainder of regulation.

CJ had the lead the whole way in overtime, with Daniel Nauseef, a 6-foot-5 center, scoring a 5-footer to give the Eagles the lead to stay 67-65.

CJ built up a lead to 75-69 until Thomas ended the game with a 3-pointer to make it 75-72.

Tre Garner had 12 points and five rebounds for LCC.

Michael Jay Riepenhoff added 11 points for LCC. Dominic Riepenhoff had eight boards with his four points.

Daniel Nauseef had 11 points, seven boards and five blocks for CJ.

Milton Gage, who averages just under 19 points per game, was held to 12 points by Allen.

But CJ coach Staley said Gage went home early from school on Tuesday because of the flu.

Shaun Thomas had eight points.

CJ won the boards 32-30.

CJ was 8 of 16 on 3-pointers. LCC hit 7 of 16 on threes.

Chaminade started hot from the outside, hitting 5 of 7 on 3-pointers in the opening quarter.

That helped it out to a 22-14 lead. The Eagles led 22-16 after the first quarter.

But after falling down by eight (22-14), the T-Birds began to get rebounds, steals and run the floor.

LCC ripped off an 11-2 run to pull out to a 25-24 lead.

LCC took a 37-33 lead into halftime.

Leading the second-quarter surge for the T-Birds was Allen, who had 12 points at the half, including nine in the second quarter.

Staley was impressed with the T-Birds.

“I would keep an eye on LCC in the Division IV tournament,” Staley said. “I sure wouldn’t want to play them.’’
Thunderbirds’ Johnson forces overtime with late bucket

By Tom Usher

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