At times Delta and Stryker looked like real panthers, as they fought over loose balls and rebounds like the real big cats battle over antelope carcasses in the wild.
In the end it was Delta’s Josh Tresnan-Reighard who gobbled up the biggest scraps, as his play off a 50-50 ball led to a tie-breaking basket in the second overtime, helping push Delta past Stryker 60-52 in non-league boys basketball Saturday.
It was the fourth Delta victory on the season. It made it a clean sweep for the weekend as they defeated Patrick Henry – also at home – 42-34 in Northwest Ohio Athletic League action on Thursday.
“That play, plus his rebound basket the next time down were the plays that put us over the top,” said Delta coach Derek Sheridan. “I thought the kids in the last overtime really just wanted the ball more.
“Josh just wanted the ball more and outhustled everyone in his jurisdiction.”
Early on Stryker used a pair of Kaleb Holsopple baskets to take a 6-0 lead.
Delta forced seven first quarter turnovers and got a bucket on a putback from Braden Risner with 50 ticks left to take a 10-9 lead after one.
Delta still held a one-point lead with 6:48 to go in the second when they held Stryker scoreless until the buzzer when Holsopple nailed a 40-footer.
During that 6:48, Delta went on a 9-0 run that led to a 21-14 halftime lead keyed by Hunter Hamilton’s three-pointer from the top of the key and Tresnan-Reighard’s stickback with 10 seconds left.
Brandon Bowers’ triple got Stryker within two at the end of the third at 26-24, but Risner boosted the Delta lead to six with a steal and score, then a transition layup off another turnover to begin the fourth.
Back-to-back triples by Joe Ramon regained a 35-34 Stryker lead with 1:48 on the clock, and after Josh Tresnan-Reighard split a pair to knot the game, Ramon struck again from the left corner with 68 seconds left for a 38-35 Stryker lead.
After a timeout, Risner found himself all alone in the right corner and nailed a game-tying triple with 34 ticks left that sent the game to overtime.
“It was a matter of making the defense make a choice,” said Sheridan of the out of bounds play. “They chased the wrong guy and Braden ended up with the shot.”
Delta took a five point lead in the first OT, but Ramon hit from the right corner at the buzzer to send the game to a second extra session.
After Risner hit 3 of 4 from the foul stripe, Ramon nailed his sixth three-ball of the night from the top of the key to forge another tie, 48-48, with 2:48 left.
A minute later in a scramble for a loose ball under the Delta basket, Josh Tresnan-Reighard outfought two Stryker players and flipped the ball to Risner who laid it in to give Delta the lead.
After a Stryker miscue, Josh Tresnan-Reighard then scored a third-try basket off the offensive glass for a 52-48 margin.
Jamison Treace missed the front-end of a one-and-one for Stryker and Hunter Tresnan-Reighard’s three-point play on the run out, then another from Josh Tresnan-Reighard after a Stryker turnover capped a 10-0 run to seal the win.
“We made a couple of adjustments on the left side of our zone,” explained Sheridan. “I thought our two guards on top did a good job moving on the pass versus moving on the catch. I thought our hands were very active in the second overtime.
“I thought actually tonight that defensively we were as good as we can be.”
Risner had a game-high 28 points for Delta, while Josh Tresnan-Reighard had 11, including five in the second overtime when the game was still in doubt.
Ramon’s 18 points led Stryker. Holsopple added 15 and Bowers 10.
Delta gave up the ball 21 times, but had zero turnovers in the second overtime. Stryker had 29 turnovers.
Delta (4-7, 1-0 NWOAL) now plays Liberty Center (6-5, 0-1) in an NWOAL contest Friday night.
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