The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


December 21, 2012

Seals find a way in overtime

By Anthony Mitchell

For The Daily Item

MIFFLINBURG -- Fans were treated to an early holiday gift with overtime basketball as Selinsgrove defeated Mifflinburg, 55-45 on Friday in Heartland Athletic Conference Division I action.

"Any win is a nice win," Selinsgrove head coach Ray Moyer said. "I just got done telling the kids, 'we made our foul shots down the stretch,' and when you're in a tight game and you can make foul shots. That's how we got the lead."

The Seals seemed destined to come away with a tight win in regulation, leading 40-37 with less than a minute remaining before a freshman guard came to the rescue for the Wildcats.

James Zack fired a shot from the right side, needing a 3-pointer and the backboard was kind, tying the game at 40 with four seconds remaining and sending the crowd into a frenzy. The Seals' David Aurand raced upcourt with only ticks remaining to try and win the game, but missed a shot in the lane as time expired.

"I was trying to foul," Moyer said. "I said, 'When it gets a little bit under 10 (seconds), go out and foul him, and we didn't catch him in time."

"Time was running down and we needed to be attacking at that point," Mifflinburg head coach Andre' Roupp said. "It just so happened that James found himself open, and we found the open guy and he drained it."

In overtime, the Seals were able to take control of a defensive showdown by grabbing a quick lead in the extra session and salting the game away with key free throws down the stretch. A pair of baskets from Aurand gave the Seals a five-point lead, 45-40, forcing the Wildcats to start to foul to extend the game.

Moyer said he was pleased with the shot selection of his team and that the Seals were able to run their offense well.

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