jCANTON — Mogadore's goal from the start of the season was to make it to the Canton Memorial Field House.

As long as the Wildcats were there, they might as well win.

Mogadore did, taking down one-loss Ashtabula Edgewood 69-65 in Wednesday’s Division III Canton regional semifinal.

“It’s an absolute huge win,” senior guard Kyle Coffman said. “That was our goal at the beginning of the year was just to get to the field house.”

In a postseason full of drama, the Wildcats (20-6) survived once more. Of their four postseason games, three have been decided by a single possession, and Wednesday’s thriller might as well have been. Now they’ll be back in Canton on Saturday, taking on Lutheran East for a chance to travel to Columbus.

At first, they were happy just to be within a possession. Trailing by double-digits nearly the entire first half, Mogadore finished the half on an 8-0 run, then knocked down four 3-pointers early in the third to take the lead.

“We knew that we could come back,” Wildcats junior guard Lukas Swartz said. “It still was early in the game. Just keep trusting what we do. Keep running our offense and play good defense.”

The Wildcats led most of the second half — but it was always close. And that largely was because of the heroic efforts of Aaron Anderson, who scored seven points in Wednesday’s opening quarter and made one huge shot after another in the fourth quarter to keep the Warriors (24-2) fighting.

After Mogadore took a 63-59 lead with 1:50 remaining on a gorgeous give-and-go, setting up a slashing Camden Ramirez layup, Anderson drained a 3-pointer from well behind the arc, despite a furious close-out.

After Coffman made a baseline layup for a 65-62 lead with 1:10 to play, Anderson drew a Mogadore foul with a slick up-and-under move and split two from the line to cut the Wildcats' lead to two.

Another big-time move in the paint by Anderson, who pivoted past a much bigger defender, cut the Mogadore edge to 66-65 with 25.7 seconds remaining.

The Wildcats answered, as they have all postseason.

Swartz (31 points) got the ball in the corner, drew a foul and calmly made two free throws to push the lead to 68-65 with 24 seconds remaining.

Edgewood did not score again, missing two free throws and an open 3-pointer.

Coffman (22 points) sealed the win with his grit, snagging his own missed free throw to get back to the line, and his free throw provided the final margin with 6.8 seconds to go.

“When you go 0-for-2, you got to make up for it somehow,” Coffman said.

It was quite the turnaround from Wednesday’s opening minutes, when the Wildcats fell behind by double-digits. A good 3-point shooting team all year, they went 0-of-7 from deep in the first quarter, 0-of-5 from Swartz.

“In the first quarter, we did a good job of not losing our composure,” Mogadore coach Russ Swartz said. “We had shots, especially Lukas, that weren’t falling."

Swartz finished with seven 3-pointers. Coffman hit three.

“We were talking last week about how we both haven’t had a game where we really went off [at the same time] this year, and we needed that tonight,” Swartz said. “When I was struggling, he was making shots to keep us in the game.”