Clutch shooting and rebounding down the stretch allowed the Providence boys’ basketball team to escape with a 62-56 overtime win over visiting North Harrison last night at the Robert I. Larkin Center.
“We finally made some plays in overtime after being outplayed for most of the game,” Providence coach Lou Lefevre said. “First half was pretty even. We got outplayed in the second half. But we kept trying, and trying, and made a shot, had a chance to get to overtime and we finally outplayed them in overtime. These games happen where you can outplay another team, and if you don’t do the right things at the exact right time, you can give it away — and we stole it.”
Grant Goad hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer in regulation to tie the game at 49 and send it to overtime. In the extra frame, the Pioneers dominated, forcing the Cougars to make only 1 of 7 shots while sinking 8 of 10 free throws to emerge victorious.
The Pioneers jumped ahead 7-0 after consecutive baskets from Grant Goad and a 3-pointer from reserve guard Tre Watson with 3:45 remaining in the first quarter. North Harrison would claw their way back into the contest after missing their first five shots from the field, narrowing the gap to 9-7 at the end of the first quarter following two free throws from guard Cory Smith with 44 seconds remaining.
Chandler Jenkins would knot the game at 9-all with a short jumper with 7:15 remaining in the first half. His putback with 6:35 remaining in the half would give the Cougars their first lead of the game, 11-10. Following that basket, a layup from Goad and 3-pointer from Justin Betz gave Providence a 15-11 advantage with 5:22 remaining before intermission.
The Pioneers would maintain their lead throughout the remainder of the half. Following a long rebound off a Providence miss, guard Joe Hinton’s attempt from 30 feet at the halftime buzzer would allow the Pioneers to maintain a 18-17 lead at the half.
North Harrison took the lead for the first time in the second half when Jenkins sank a putback with 5:50 remaining in the third quarter. They led 33-30 at the end of three quarters.
The Cougars appeared poised to take control of the matchup after guard Cory Smith sank back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Cougars a 42-35 lead with 4:05 remaining in the contest. It was 44-38 when Providence reserve guard Brock Hayden hit a 3-pointer to draw the hosts to within three at 44-41. A few possessions later, another Hayden trey made it 46-45 with 1:05 remaining in the contest.
North Harrison led 47-46 when on their final possession, Alex Flock got loose on an inbounds play and scored on a drive to the basket with 12 seconds left. That set the state for the 6-foot-5 lefthander Goad’s 3-point attempt at the buzzer, which found nothing but net.
Lefevre said Goad’s jumper was the result of a designed play the Pioneers had yet to use this season.
“We hadn’t used it before, and good for them, we ran it well and Grant cashed it in,” he said.
Jenkins followed his own miss with 2:44 remaining in overtime to give the Cougars a 51-49 lead, but two free throws from Ben Shahroudi tied up the contest with 2:39 left. A short jumper from Goad gave Providence the lead for good with two minutes remaining, and over the final two minutes, Brad Koerner grabbed three defensive rebounds and went 3 of 4 from the line to put the game away.
“[Koerner] made some good plays and Ben Shahroudi made some big offensive rebound plays, and we were able to get a second chance to win it,” Lefevre said.
Goad led Providence with 21 points. Smith paced the Cougars with 18 points, and Jenkins had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
The Pioneers are home again on Tuesday night when they face a tough matchup against a possible sectional opponent in Class 2A No. 8 Crawford County. The 15-3 Wolfpack have won four straight and six of their last seven.
PROVIDENCE 62, NORTH HARRISON 56
Providence 9 9 12 19 13—62
N. Harrison 7 10 16 16 7—56
Providence (12-5): Goad 21, Betz 10, Shahroudi 6, Koerner 7, Mitchell 0, Hayden 11, Watson 3, Schuler 2, Judd 2.
North Harrison (7-11): Hinton 4, Smith 18, Nolot 10, Flock 5, Jenkins 12, Knopp 0, Mink 7.
3-point field goals: Providence 8 (Goad 2, Betz 2, Watson, Hayden 3); North Harrison 5 (Smith 2, Nolot 2, Flock).
Rebounds: Providence 30 (Goad 8); North Harrison 28 (Jenkins 10).
Free throws: Providence 16-25, North Harrison 13-18.
Turnovers: Providence 13, North Harrison 15.