By Rob Kiser
The Piqua boys basketball team simply refused to lose.
And that, more than anything, allowed them to prevail with an 86-84 overtime win over Sidney Friday night at Garbry Gymnasium.
Sidney dropped to 6-2 overall and 1-1 in the GWOC North, while Piqua improved to 4-2 overall and 1-1 in the GWOC North.
And with the game on the line, senior Colton Bachman made the play to seal the win for the Indians.
Sidney had the ball trailing 84-81 when Bachman tipped a pass away and was fouled going up for a layup at the other end with 9.3 seconds to go. He calmly sank both free throws to finish with a game-high 33 points, before Cameron Gallimore hit a meaningless three at the buzzer.
“This team works so hard,” Bachman said. “There isn’t a single kid on this team that doesn’t work extremely hard. Our one goal is to win a conference championship — the GWOC North. I believe if we keep playing like this we have a shot.”
Piqua coach was not surprised by the play of Bachman or his teammates.
“That comes from working hard every day in practice,” Butler said about the conditioning. “The other kids won’t let Colton let up. For him to do what he is doing without an ACL is amazing. But, those other kids are pushing him and making him work hard.”
Piqua had led the entire game, but Sidney made a run in the final four minutes.
Piqua missed five straight free throws at one point in the final two minutes and when Gallimore hit a three with 26.9 seconds left, Sidney led 75-73.
But, Bachman was fouled with 14.7 seconds to go and calmly hit both free throws to tie it.
Sidney got two shots at the end, but couldn’t score leading to the overtime.
“There were times there where we could have folded, but we didn’t,” Butler said. “That is what is so great about these kids.”
Lorenzo Taborn, who had 11 points in the fourth quarter, got a technical before the overtime, which was also his fifth foul.
“The Taborn kid was a beast in there,” Butler said. “You play the cards you are dealt and that is what we did.”
Bachman hit one of two free throws to start the overtime and Piqua never trailed.
The Indians did it with baskets from some unlikely sources like Ben Schmiesing and Nash Black, while Bradley Hohlbein had four of his 17 in the extra period.
“That is what is so great about this team,” Butler said. “Yeah, Bachman got his points. But, Bradley Hohlbein had a big game, Brady Hill, Nash Black and Ben Schmiesing all had big baskets. CJ Davis is in there battling for rebounds when we were a little undersized in there. Derrick Gullett and Nate Monnin hit some big shots. We have a great senior class and that showed tonight.”
Bachman also had five rebounds for Piqua, while Monnin scored 14 points and Davis pulled down six boards and Black added five.
Gallimore had 27 points for Sidney, while Taborn had 17 points and six rebounds.
Devan Rogers scored 15 points and Allec Gordon led the Jackets with nine rebounds.
Piqua was 27 of 50 from the floor and 23 of 34 from the line, while Sidney was 32 of 53 from the floor and 12 for 23 from the line.
Sidney won the battle of the boards 26-22 and had 13 turnovers to Piqua’s 15.
The Indians go to Elida tonight.
“We have to get refocused right away,” Butler said. “We have a long road trip up to a tough place to play at Elida.”
And he knows no matter what — his team will leave it all on the floor again.
Darryl McNeal 2-2-6, Cameron Gallimore 10-2-27, Lorenzo Taborn 8-1-17, Andre Gordon 3-1-8, Allec Gordon 2-1-5, Isaiah Bowser 2-0-6, Devan Rogers 5-5-15, Josiah Hudgins 0-0-0, Ratez Roberts 0-0-0. Totals: 32-12-84.
Bradley Hohlbein 5-7-17, Derrick Gullett 2-1-7, Nate Monnin 5-1-14, CJ Davis 1-0-3, Colton Bachman 9-13-33, Ben Schmiesing 3-1-8, Nash Black 1-0-2, Brady Hill 1-0-2. Totals: 27-23-86.
3-point field goals — Sidney: Gallimore (5), Andre Gordon, Bowser (2). Piqua: Gullett (2), Monnin (3), Davis, Bachman (2), Schmiesing.
Score By Quarters
Sidney 17 33 52 75 84
Piqua 24 41 61 75 86
Records: Sidney 6-2 (1-1), Piqua 4-2 (1-1).
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.