NEW FRANKLIN: Manchester survived a wild final minute in regulation and did just enough in overtime to beat visiting Canton Timken 51-50, ending the Trojans’ 68-game winning streak in the PAC-7.
The Panthers (2-1, 1-0) struggled to box out Timken (0-3, 0-1) and fell behind for most of the night. But thanks to seniors Nick Peyakov (nine points), Bryan Daily (nine points) and Jamar Dukes (22 points), they remained within two points after the second and third quarters, caught up with the Trojans in the fourth and overtook Timken and its impressive league winning streak in the final minute of overtime.
“There were a lot of times when we were down four, down six, late in the game when they were holding,” Manchester coach Gene Schindewolf said. “I think we could have been buried but we showed a lot of character.
“I can only remember in the first half two shots they made on the first attempt. The rest of them were put-backs and we weren’t blocking out. That was a point of emphasis at halftime and down the stretch, we persevered.”
Timken twice took the lead in overtime and Manchester twice evened the score on the next possession. After Peyakov took a charge with the score tied 50-50 and 45 seconds left on the clock, Daily was fouled with 22.9 seconds left. Daily missed the first but made the second attempt to put the Panthers ahead 51-50.
Timken became disoriented and didn’t get set until six seconds were left, and junior Justin Williams’ runner was no good and rebounded by Dukes.
Dukes and the rest of the Panthers’ bench went wild with no time showing on the clock but the referees turned them back and called Dukes for traveling with 0.5 remaining. Dukes made sure it didn’t matter and intercepted the inbounds lob to end the game for good.
“Number one, this gives us the first league win on the first league night,” Schindewolf said. “That’s important. You gotta win at home in our league — our league’s tough. It’s going to be a fight every night. That’s a tremendous streak [Timken coach Rick Hairston] and his troops had over the years and I have the utmost respect for him and his program.”
Hairston is leading a team composed mostly of sophomores and juniors, and says they have a lot to learn.
“I thought that they [Manchester] played harder,” Hairston said. “We played hard, but at times they played harder. We need to learn how to play defense better. They had a couple of layups because we didn’t rotate well enough. We didn’t do a good job of that.”
The final 10 seconds of regulation won’t show up on either teams’ highlight reels. With the game tied 46-46, Timken held the ball for nearly two full minutes before missing first a jumper and then a close put-back, and Dukes pulled down the rebound with 10 seconds to go and called timeout.
On the inbounds pass, Manchester was called for a carry that barely took any time off the clock. On the other side, Timken inbounded the ball and was quickly called for a travel. There were two turnovers in four seconds before Dukes missed a hook shot at the buzzer.
“It was a little bit sloppy,” Schindewolf said. “It’s two pretty good teams battling and when that happens, the pressure mounts. Obviously the pressure’s on them because of the fact they’ve won so many. In that situation, coming through, it’s a great win.”
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