Call Sports Editor
The good news for the Piqua boys basketball team is they don’t have time to dwell on what happened Friday night at Garbry Gymnasium — with six games in the next 10 days.
The Indians hopes for a second-place finish in the GWOC North took a severe hit when Sidney rallied from a double-digit deficit to stun Piqua 76-73 in overtime.
The Indians had led 36-25 late in the first half and were still up 36-27 at the break.
But, the second half was a very different story.
“We quit doing the things that got us the lead,” Piqua coach Heath Butler said. “We quit setting the screens, we quit boxing out, we quit making shots.”
By the end of the third quarter, Sidney had pulled even at 46 and it was a battle to the end, with a wild finish at the end of regulation.
Jacket sophomore Cameron Gallimore — who made six threes and scored 20 points in the second half — hit his sixth trey with 1:10 to go to put Sidney up 63-60.
“We had no answered for the Gallimore kid,” Butler said. “You have to give Sidney a lot of credit.”
It took Colton Bachman, who finished with a game-high 27 points, only 10 seconds to answere with the equalizer.
And while neither team scored in the final minute of regulation it was action-packed — and not without controversy.
A Tate Honeycutt steal with 40 seconds to go gave Piqua the ball and a chance for the last shot.
A shot in the final 10 seconds in a crowd went out of bounds and Sidney came out with the ball and called timeout with 1.8 seconds to go.
On the inbounds, Sidney threw the ball out of bounds near the Jacket bench.
Because, no one touched the ball, Piqua got to throw it in from under its own basket.
The Indians had the perfect play called. After Bachman inbounded the ball, no one covered him.
The ball came back to him immediately and he appeared to hit a 10-foot jumper to win it.
But, the officials ruled he stepped on the baseline and the game went to overtime.
“You can’t do anything about the officiating,” Butler said. “You just have to go make the next play.”
Four straight free throws by Bachman had erased a Jacket four-point lead and tied it at 67 with 2:42 to go in the extra period.
Sidney’s Darryl McNeal and Jalen Herd scored on offensive rebounds to put the Jackets up 71-67 — the second after McNeal had missed a layup off a steal.
The lead stretched to 75-69 before Xavier Harrison banked in a three.
After Sidney missed two free throws, Honeycutt hit one of two to make it 75-73.
Herd made one of two to make it 76-73 with 4.9 seconds left and Piqua’s 3-point shot at the buzzer was right on line, but short.
“We had a chance (at the end),” Butler said. “The kids never quit.”
Piqua was leading 15-13 after one quarter and began to pull away in the second quarter.
In a 40-second span, Harrison had a dish to Dan Monnin for a layup, stole the ball and scored and hit a three to make it 28-19 and Piqua seemed to be in control in the half.
But, while Piqua seemed to be able flash in the paint for east shots the entire first half, it was a different story in the second half with 6-8 Gold Barnes as an obstacke.
“He did a little bit (took that away),” Butler said. “But, I still saw a lot of easy shots that we missed.”
Storm Cook was Piqua’s only other double-figure scorer with 11 points, while Bachman grabbed six rebounds to go with his scoring. Ryan Neal pulled down eight and Monnin added five.
Gallimore led Sidney with 20.
McNeal added 16 points and eight rebounds and Eric Beigel scored 14 points.
Barnes grabbed 10 rebounds and Tyren Cox pulled down seven.
Piqua was 28 of 66 from the floor for 42 percent and 12 of 17 from the line for 71 percent, while Sidney was 25 of 66 from the floor for 38 percent and 17 of 24 from the line for 71 percent.
The Jackets won the battle of the boards 35-32, but had 15 turnovers to Piqua’s 14.
Sidney improved to 4-11 overall and 1-6 in the GWOC North, while Piqua dropped to 9-5 overall and 4-3 in the GWOC North.
Piqua cruised to a 62-27 win in the JV game.
Bradley Hohlbein scored 17 points and Brady Hill added 13.
The Indians will host Tippecanoe tonight and Bethel Tuesday — two teams with one loss.
“We are going to have come right back and get ready for Tipp,” Butler said. “I think it is good for us to get right back on the floor.”
And put Friday night behind them.
Daryl McNeal 5-6-16, Cameron Gallimore 7-0-20, Jalen Herd 4-2-10, Gold Barnes 2-0-4, Eric Beigel 3-7-14, Tyren Cox 1-0-2, Travious Burns 2-0-6, Zack Napier 0-0-0, Lorenzo Taborn 1-2-4. Totals: 25-17-766.
Tate Honeycutt 3-1-7, Xavier Harrison 3-0-8, Colton Bachman 8-9-27, Storm Cook 4-2-11, Ryan Neal 2-0-4, Dan Monnin 4-0-8, Derrick Gullett 3-0-6, Erik Vondenhuevel 1-0-2. Totals: 28-12-73.
3-point field goals — Sidney: Gallimore (6), Beigel, Burns (2). Piqua: Harrison (2), Bachman (2), Cook.
Score By Quarters
Sidney 13 27 46 63 76
Piqua 15 36 46 63 73
Records: Piqua 9-5 (4-3), Sidney 4-11 (1-6).