#8 Ontario vs #1 Norwalk
D2 Mansfield District Semifinal
Norwalk Takes Triple Overtime Thriller vs Ontario at Districts
It took seven sessions of basketball to decide who would advance to the Division II Mansfield District Championship, with top-seeded Norwalk surviving a triple-overtime marathon to beat #8 Ontario, 52-48.
Offense was tough to come by for the Warriors in the opening half, scoring just six points in each quarter but only trailed 24-12 at the half. The narrative then flipped in the game’s second half where the Truckers could only muster eight points as Ontario closed out the fourth on a 9-2 run to force overtime with the contest tied at 32 apiece.
It appeared the Warriors were on their way to a second straight tournament upset with a 34-32 advantage and Shaquan Coburn, who scored a game-best 26 points at the foul line for a 1-and-1 with 7.4 seconds to play, but a front end miss led to a Brandon Haraway coast to coast game-tying layup at the horn to force double overtime.
A trio of Ontario starters would foul out, putting them at a talent disadvantage heading into the final session of action. Haraway struggled from the free throw line throughout the game, knocking down just 14 of 25 attempts, but would hit a pair of freebies late in triple overtime to ice the victory, giving him 20 points for the contest.
Next up for Norwalk (22-3) is a District title shot against #3 Vermilion (19-5).
Ontario finishes their season at 16-9 overall.