The first half of the Southwestern boys basketball season was hampered by injuries and Covid. But patience and perseverance paid off Saturday when the Spartans defeated rival Morristown in the Sectional 60 championship in two overtimes, 68-67.
Ethan Wendling provided the heroics with Southwestern down three in the closing seconds of the first OT.
In the second overtime it was Riley Snepp’s turn with what proved to be the game winner.
A the end of each of those periods, Morristown’s Kyle Crim got a final shot but a runner from inside the 3-pt arc was short at the end of the first overtime and a chance at the end of the game was hampered when Crim’s foot slipped on a shot that drew iron but fell short.
Crim scored a career-high 35 points after setting that mark at 32 in the semifinal win Friday against Jac-Cen-Del.
Head coach Brady Days on the Cagney’s Pizza King postgame:
Wendling scored 22 points for Southwestern. Snepp finished with 17. Six came in the second overtime.
Southwestern (13-8) will play Bethesda Christian (18-7) in the first semifinal of the Martinsville Regional on.Saturday. Game two will feature Indianapolis Tindley (17-9) vs Shakamak (10-12).