Damp court results in 55-55 OT tie between Hawks & Tigers

UNION CITY – A damp court resulted in a 55-55 overtime tie between the Ansonia Tigers and the Mississinawa Valley Blackhawks with the game heading to the second overtime period of play.

With warm and foggy conditions on the outside, a packed house between the neighboring schools on the inside creating very warm temperatures and high humidity resulting in the playing surface unsafe for continued play.

Three point shooting was as hot as the gym with 17 treys going down; 11 by the Tigers and six coming from the Blackhawks. Devyn Sink led MV with seven triples while Blake Scholl was pacing MV with three treys on the night.

The Hawks took a 12-8 lead after one period of play led by six Matt Slob points and Scholl’s first three of the night. Sink hit his first two three pointers of the game for the Tigers.

Ansonia took period No. 2 by a 21-16 score with seven second quarter three pointers accounting for all the Tigers points in the period. Sink nailed three triples, Hunter Buckingham drilled two treys and Brayden Swabb and Matthew Shook each added a three.

Ethan Bowman led the Hawks with seven second quarter points including a trey, a two pointer and 2-2 at the line while Scholl was knocking down two three pointers good for six points sending the teams to the break with Ansonia holding a slim 29-28 advantage.

Mississinawa took period No. 3 by a 12-8 score taking a 40-37 advantage to the fourth period of play.

DJ Howell led MV with eight third quarter points including the period’s lone three pointer.

Ansonia took advantage of Sink’s sixth and seventh three pointers of the night to take fourth by an 11-8 margin and send the teams to the first overtime period but not before the Tigers’ 6’4” Hunter Muir would go down with a game ending injury.

Both teams would put up seven overtime period points sending the game to a second overtime period but not before an official timeout was called with another player hitting the floor.

After much discussion between the game’s three referees and school officials, the game was called with the interest of player safety taking priority.

Neither coach was available for comments following the game.


TIGERS – D. Sink 21, T. Alexander 10, H. Muir 9, Buckingham 7, B. Swabb 3, M. Shook 3, A. Sanders 1, R. Stammen 1 – TOTALS 7 8-19 11 55

BLACKHAWKS – E. Bowman 17, B Scholl 13, DJ Howell 11, M. Slobb 8, A. Scholl 3, T. Collins 2 – TOTALS 14 9-15 6 55

Ansonia 11 (D. Sink 7, Buckingham 2, B.Swabb 1, M. Shook 1)
Mississinawa Valley 6 (B. Scholl 3, E. Bowman 2, DJ Howell 1)

08-21-08-11-07 55 Ansonia
12-16-12-08-07 55 Mississinaw Valley

PHOTO CAPTION: Officials meet at midcourt before calling the Ansonia vs Mississinawa Valley game due to moisture on the court. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

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