Giving others a second chance is an admirable quality, unless it’s a basketball game.
Behind their ability to obtain second chance points, the Corning Miller Falcons edged the Symmes Valley Vikings by a 62-59 count in a Division IV Athens I District Bracket Sectional Final at Meigs High School.
“We lost out on the offensive rebounds,” Symmes Valley head coach Donnie Saunders said. “They got the ball and put it back up and that hurt us. They had 10 points in the first quarter and eight were on offensive rebounds.”
“That’s how they’ve beat people all year. They’ve been strong on the boards.”
The Vikings (8-15) also were hurt at the foul line where they made 4-of-10 attempts.
“There weren’t a lot of free throws but they came at crucial times,” said Saunders.
Jordan Lucas led the Vikings with a game-high 19 points that included three treys. Sam Angelo scored 16 points and Jarod Sheppard and Payton Hayes added eight points each.
Miller (11-12) was led by Alec Cleland with 15 points. Carson Starlin and Seattle Compston scored 13 each.
In the first quarter of play, Angelo accumulated 12 of his 19 points as the Vikings took a 14-10 lead. Compston recorded four points for the Falcons off of putbacks.
Cleland and Starlin each hit three-pointers to spark a second half rally as Miller took a 30-25 halftime lead. Hayes hit a three-pointer of his own to help head up the Vikings’ efforts.
Lucas heated up in the third quarter as he drained three attempts from behind the line and scored 13 points in the third quarter as the Vikings rallied to tie the game at 49.
In the final stanza, Sheppard had four points and Laykin Gothard hit a triple to help keep Symmes Valley right in the thick of the battle.
However, Starlin — who had five points in the quarter — hit a three-pointer along with Cleland, while Cole Geil scored five of his seven points in the final frame of action. Hayes made three of his four free throws and Chayden Renfroe knocked down a three-pointer in the fourth quarter, but Starlin scored five points and Compston had four as Miller got the win.
“We came to play. Our effort was there. It was just the little things that kept eating at us,” said Saunders. “We had our chances. It was just a tough loss.”