In the first home game of the New Year, Mingo Central showed that the team had set its own new years resolution into action. In a spirited effort the Mingo Central Miners faced off against the Huskies of Herbert Hoover. The Miners fell short to the Huskies 57-53 in an overtime loss.
The first quarter started out at a pace that would be compared to two fighters feeling each other out. Herbert Hoover was the first to strike scoring the first few baskets of the quarter jumping out to a 5-0 lead.
In reaction to what felt like a quick jab, Colton Blankenship responded with a resounding block at the 6:48 mark to set the tone on defense for the Miners.
Huskie guard Rhett White led his team in scoring for the quarter with six points; giving the Huskies a 14-5 lead at the end of the first.
At the start of the second quarter, Mingo Central came out ready to strike back with reckless abandon scoring the first basket of the quarter. Swiftly followed by a dominating performance for most of the quarter, Mingo Central went on a 13-4 run that would last until the 3:20 mark on the clock.
This run tied the score at 18-18. Mingo Central racked up four steals in this run and seemingly found a sweet spot from behind the arc hitting two of three from three-point land. At the half, the score was in favor of the Huskies, 27-24.
Herbert Hoover’s Grant Bonner led his team with 11 points. And for the hometown Miners Isaac Moore and Blankenship each ended the half with eight points apiece.
The third quarter started off much slower with neither team scoring until the Miners’ Blankenship showed off his fast hands by getting his fourth steal of the game with 5:55 left in third. After getting the steal, Blankenship sped down the court and hit Moore for a wide open three in the corner; giving him 11 of his 17 points for the game. With 4:40 left in the third and the score tied at 29-29, Herbert Hoover looked to switch things up by switching to a 2-2-1 press, fading it back into a 1-3-1 half-court defense. It wouldn’t lead to very many turnovers, but it provide enough chaos to keep Mingo central from fully capitalizing on the momentum they seemed to have had. Jarius Jackson and Josh Wellman for the Miners force the Huskies to fold their pursuit by hitting two threes each.
With 40 seconds left in the third, Herbert Hoover was looking to hold the ball for one last shot before the end of the quarter. When the clock got to 10 seconds left, the Huskies looked to make a move, but Ashton Deskins for Mingo Central had other plans. Sliding himself in front of the Huskies’ offensive player just before he got to the rim, getting a successful charge call to stop the clock at six seconds while also getting the ball back for the Miners.
In these final six seconds Mingo’s Wellman would find Jacob May for a buzzer beating lay up to end the quarter. This gave the Miners a 42-37 lead over the Huskies.
The fourth quarter was riddled with turnovers by both teams. The Huskies clawed their way to a 10-5 run leading the game into an overtime situation, ending the fourth quarter with the game tied at 47-47.
Once overtime began, the two teams went bucket-for-bucket with both teams scoring six points.
With 13.1 seconds left on the clock and the score tied at 53-53, the Miners fouled putting Herbert Hoover in the bonus and sending Grant Bonner to the free-throw line. He made both of his free throws.
With Mingo Central having one last shot at winning the game, they committed a costly turnover which led to Bonner getting fouled one last time. Bonner sank both free throws bringing his scoring total to 23 for the game and securing the win for Hoover at 57-53.
Blankenship and Moore led Mingo Central with 17 points each.
Mingo Central (0-8) is scheduled to compete in the Hatfield/McCoy Shoout this weekend at the Williamson Fieldhouse. The Miners will take on Phelps Friday night at 9:30 p.m. Mingo Central will follow that by taking on Belfry Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. in the second day of the Hatfield/McCoy Shootout at the Williamson Fieldhouse.