New Boston took the first game by nine points on Jan. 24 at Notre Dame. The Tigers also were able to take the second game, an overtime affair, that saw New Boston fight back from five down in the extra session to pull out a win.
This game lived up to the hype set up by the first pair of games as New Boston completed a clean sweep over the Titans with a 57-54 win Tuesday night at Valley High School.
“Every game has been exactly the same way with these guys,” New Boston coach Don Stapleton said.
Josh Tyler’s offensive rebound and put back with 34.7 seconds to go, gave the Tigers the late lead and was enough to give them the win.
“Josh Tyler and Cody McNutt were both in foul trouble most of the game,” Stapleton said. “When they’re not in the game, we don’t rebound near as well. The turning point was (Tyler) being able to finish without fouling out.”
The loss ends the Titans season at 5-16. The win takes New Boston to 7-14 on the year and advances it to the Division IV Sectional Final Monday at 8 p.m. at Valley.
New Boston was led by Tyler, who recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
“The fourth quarter was kind of scary,” Tyler said. “Me and Michael (Salisbury) both had four fouls so we tried to play smart and get rebounds. We just had to get up there in the fourth quarter and put it away.”
Salisbury led all scorers with 19 points and pulled down eight boards. Robert Waugh also checked in with double figures with 10 points.
Notre Dame was led by Aaron Noel and Kevin Delabar who dumped in 15 points apiece. Justin Kammler came in with a double-double, scoring 13 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in the losing cause.
With 2:25 left in the second quarter, Notre Dame had its biggest lead of the game at 24-15. The Tigers pulled to within six at the half.
In the third quarter, New Boston finally started to hit some shots and started to get second and third opportunities to score. Salisbury had 10 points in the third quarter and grabbed five rebounds. Cody McNutt yanked down five boards in the stanza.
The Tigers charge was enough to knot the game at 37 heading into the final eight minutes.
In the final quarter, New Boston took a 39-37 lead 1:06 into the period. The Tigers’ lead grew to six with 4:02 left in the contest.
After cutting the lead in half Notre Dame looked to Noel to get it back in the game. Noel drilled a three with 49 seconds left to tie the game at 54.
On the ensuing Tiger possession, Tyler rebounded a missed shot and was able to put it back and to give New Boston the lead with 34 ticks on the clock.
The Tigers survived missed free throws and a desperation three attempt at the horn to advance to play East in the sectional final.
Notre Dame coach Rick Hopkins wanted to thank and recognize his seniors Aaron Noel, Justin Kammler, Paul Wise, Kevin Delabar and Taylor Fitch.
New Boston 11 7 19 20 — 57
Notre Dame 16 8 13 17 — 54
New Boston — Waugh 5 0 10, McNutt 0 1 1, Salisbury 5 6 19, Horsley 2 2 7, Tyler 4 3 11, Wolfe 1 0 2, Delotell 4 0 8; Totals 21 12 57.
Notre Dame — A. Noel 6 2 15, Delabar 6 0 15, T. Noel 1 0 2, Kammler 5 3 13, Glockner 3 0 6, Hannah 1 0 3; Totals 22 5 54.
3-pointers — New Boston 4 (Salisbury 3, Horsley); Notre Dame 5 (Delabar 3, A. Noel, Hannah)
Record — New Boston 7-14; Notre Dame 5-16