Several mental lapses late in the fourth quarter by Archbishop Hoban allowed host Firestone to force an overtime and go on to win 63-57 on Tuesday.
“Undisciplined,” Hoban coach T.K. Griffith said. “Undisciplined kids. Undisciplined decisions. Undisciplined body language. Just a lack of discipline.”
After trailing for most of the game, the Knights (1-3) fought back to take a lead early in the fourth quarter.
However, with a little under two minutes remaining, the Knights appeared to lose focus.
Senior point guard Michael Londa was called for a backcourt violation and a minute later was called for a charge.
Then, with a 53-52 lead and seven seconds remaining on the clock, Anthony Christian bit on a pump fake by Firestone senior Evan Kennerly who was sent to the line for two shots.
“These guys are really smart,” Firestone coach Dave Milo said. “All of the guys, when the ball is in their hand, I’m confident. They have very good basketball knowledge.”
Kennerly bricked the first free throw and screamed in frustration before sinking the second.
The extra period gave Kennerly enough time to retake control of a game that was previously his.
After scoring just six points in the second half, he scored five of the Falcons’ 10 in overtime, finishing with a game-high 24.
Kennerly got the Falcons going early, scoring 13 first-half points as Firestone (2-1) took a 36-31 lead into the locker room at halftime.
He only managed to score two points in the third quarter and the Falcons’ offense was flat without his production, allowing the Knights to inch back.
“Hoban made nice adjustments,” Milo said. “I don’t know what it is with the third quarter, I’ve been here three years and it seems like the third quarter is our Achilles’ heel. Maybe I need to yell more or something. Not sure.”
Kennerly notched two quick baskets in overtime to give the Falcons a 57-53 lead.
Christian, Kennerly’s main matchup for the night, answered with a basket for Hoban to make it 57-55.
Falcons forward Raybon Lewis was then sent to the line where he missed both free throws with a little over a minute remaining.
He quickly erased his misses, though, by grabbing his own rebound and scoring a quick basket that seemed to serve as a dagger to a deflated Hoban team.
“He just has a natural basketball ability,” Milo said of Lewis. “Some of it you just can’t teach.”
Lewis finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Kennerly had eight rebounds to go along with his 24 points.
Jaequan Jones set up the Firestone offense with five assists. He also scored eight points.
Christian led the Knights with 17 points, 10 rebounds, three steals and two blocks.
Senior point guard Christian Waite was hot from beyond the arc, making five 3-pointers for Hoban en route to a 17-point performance.