Medina Journal-Register — OAKFIELD — Putting together a big stretch run, Medina rallied to defeat Oakfield-Alabama 66-57 in overtime Monday in the non league season opener.
Trailing by 11 with five minutes to go in the fourth quarter, Medina erupted for an 18-7 run down the stretch, capped off by a dramatic three-point basket by Jason Hellwig with just two seconds remaining, to knot the score at 50-50 sending the contest into overtime.
Keeping the momentum, the Mustangs then outpointed the Hornets 17-6 in the overtime stanza to pull away to the victory. Lonnie Taylor, who tallied eight points during the fourth quarter uprising, added eight more in the four minute overtime to spearhead the Mustangs attack.
“We used a lot of guys in the first three-quarters and that was the plan because we want to see what we have and what kind of depth we have,” Medina coach Tom Forrestel said. “So down the stretch the group we had in there was fresh and that made a big difference.”
Taylor finished with a game high 23 points. Hellwig netted 15, Ben McPherson 10, Danny Brown nine, Devonte Howard six and Adam Hoot three.
Hunter Spiotta scored 17 for Oakfield-Alabama which also got 12 each from Austin Hamm and Ryan Emery.
Plagued by 10 early turnovers, Medina saw Oakfield-Alabama jump out to a 12-5 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Mustangs did battle back to within three, 21-18, at the half as McPherson hit a pair of buckets and Hellwig added his second three of the half.
Medina then rallied into the lead twice early in the third quarter, first at 22-21 on a jumper by McPherson and again at 24-23 on a rebound bucket by Taylor. However, the Hornets countered with a 14-4 run to close the period, including two three’s and a jumper by Spiotta, to regain nine point, 37-28, advantage at the three-quarter mark.