It was a special night in Ellet’s Willoughby Gymnasium.

Save for a glitch here and a glitch there, it could have been a very special night. In the final regular-season game to be held in the historic facility named after a beloved custodian, Ellet pushed Jackson to the brink before losing 75-73 in overtime.

Six former and/or current coaches were honored during pregame ceremonies organized by current coach Mark Fisher in front of a nice crowd before the teams treated the fans to a game fitting for a final bow.

Jackson, the top-seeded team in the Division I sectional based in Canton Memorial Civic Center, won the game at the foul line, making 12-of-14 free throws in the extra session and 22-of-27 for the game. The Polar Bears did not score a basket in overtime.

Ellet, seeded fourth in the big-school tourney at Barberton, was successful on 8-of-10 free throws in the extra four minutes and made 25-of-33 overall.

Senior Anthony Mazzeo held the hot hand for Jackson (16-4), The 6-foot-2 guard scored a game-high 29 points, which included a pressure-packed 8-for-8 free throws in overtime and 14-of-15 for the game. His two free throws with 23.2 seconds left following a violent collision near half-court, gave the Polar Bears a 74-71 lead.

Senior forward Hayden Junker, who will attend Kent State on a football scholarship, finished with 15 points and five rebounds to back Mazzeo. Junior Trent Jones scored seven of his 12 points in the fourth quarter and senior Will Hyde had 11 points before fouling out with 2:19 to go in overtime.

Ellet (12-10), which lost for the fifth time in its past six games, was led by 6-4 senior Jarmond Hogg’s 21 points, with 11 coming in the fourth quarter and overtime.

Senior Jesse Nance, who had the game’s only basket in OT, scored 20 points and junior Trevin Carter scored 19 points and had a game-high seven rebounds.

The game was back-and-forth from start to finish. Ellet had two five-point leads, one to start the game and another with 15 seconds to go in the third quarter when Nance scored off a Jackson turnover.

Jackson’s biggest lead was six points when Mazzeo scored on a layup with a little more than one minute to go in the first half.

“It was a good game for us, for both teams,” Jackson coach Tim Debevec said. “It was two teams trying to get better before the playoffs. We both shot a lot of free throws, but we just made more of them at the right time.”

Each team was nailed with a technical foul, with Mazzeo cited in the closing seconds of the first half and Fisher getting whistled just before the overtime session started. Nance made four free throws following the Mazzeo call, drawing the Orangemen to within 30-28 at halftime.

Ellet has beaten every Federal League team except Jackson in the past six years under Fisher. It came close on Friday.

“I thought it was a good game,” he said. “We played hard and that’s how you have to play in the tournament. We have played two good teams [Jackson and Buchtel] but we came up short three times. But if we bring the intensity we brought tonight, we’ll be OK.”

The Orangemen will host City Series foe and 13th-seeded North in their first tournament game on Wednesday.

Jackson has a first-round bye in Canton and awaits the Canton McKinley-GlenOak winner on March 2.