Miami Trace got away to a very fine start in their game Saturday night against the Greeneview Rams, the third and final game of the 2013 McDonald’s Holiday Shootout held at Miami Trace High School.
In the end, the Panthers had to hold on and were able to do so, edging the Rams, 39-38.
The Panthers were trailing the game by one point with 44 seconds remaining.
Following a time out, the Panthers triple-teamed the Rams’ player with the ball, forcing a turnover.
One of the Panthers got control of the loose ball and shoveled it underhand up-court to Trevor Smith for a lay-up that gave the Panthers a 39-38 lead with 34 seconds to play.
After drawnig up a play during a time out, the Rams got a shot away that missed, allowing the Panthers to escape with the victory.
Panther junior Cedric Pettiford scored 18 points and was named Player of the Game.
Rams’ senior Dalton Caudill scored 16 points and was named his team’s Player of the Game.
Pittser said his team’s energy let down in the third quarter, and Greeneview played with pride and got back into the game. “We were very fortunate to get a turnover there at the end and get the win.” Pittser said.
“I was very proud of our guys there at the end, coming back the way they did,” Greeneview first-year head coach Kyle Fulk said. “It was a little bit frustrating, the start that we had.
“We were passive to start the game,” Fulk said. “The way Trace plays, they try and fly around and get you on your heels and I think that got to us. At halftime, we didn’t change anything, other than telling the kids to be aggressive and they responded. I can’t take any credit for the comeback, it was all the kids and the way that they played. Give credit to Dalton (Caudill) and Ethan (Bradds) for their defensive efforts on Cedric Pettiford in the second half.”
The Panthers made 5 of 13 shots in the first quarter to 1 of 7 for Greeneview, taking an 11-2 first quarter lead.
The Rams fared a bit better in the second quarter, but trailed the Panthers 27-12 at the half.
The second half almost entirely belonged to the Rams.
Greeneview outscored the Panthers 14-3 in the third quarter to pull to within four points (30-26).
Miami Trace went just 1 of 8 from the field in the third quarter with nine turnovers.
The Rams took a brief lead, 38-37 on the strength of a pair of free throws by Ethan Bradds with 1:57 left in the game.
The Panthers spent the next several moments committing fouls to send Greeneview to the free throw line.
It was just after committing their sixth team foul of the half that the Panthers got the steal and Smith got the bucket for what would prove to be the final score, 39-38.
In other McDonald’s Holiday Shootout action Saturday, Springfield Central Catholic rallied to beat Madison Plains in overtime, 64-61.
London defeated Cedarville, 49-42.
Miami Trace (now 7-1 overall) is back in action Saturday at North Adams.
The Panthers return to league action at 4:45 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 7 at McClain High School.
Greeneview (3-5) is at Springfield Northeastern, Friday and at Mechanicsburg on Saturday.