WEIRTON - It only took four minutes for emotions in the Dube Dome to change from excitement to discouragement.
Madonna junior Nick Mazur drilled a 3-pointer as regulation expired to send an OVAC Class 1A semifinal game against Morgantown Trinity to overtime.
"That was special," Blue Dons coach George Vargo said.
Photo by MATT PEASLEE
Madonna’s Ross Comis goes in for two against the defense of Trinity’s Christian Hawkinborn.
He'd like to forget what happened next.
The Warriors scored seven of the first nine points in the extra period, created three turnovers and rallied for an 84-70 victory against the tournament's No. 1 seed.
"We knew we had our hands full coming up here," Warriors coach Jamal Womble said. "We wanted to come up here and battle. We kept this thing close and we didn't allow them to make too many runs for us to get a win."
A 25-point second quarter, highlighted by a pair of 3-pointers from Mazur, allowed the Blue Dons (11-5) to lead by as many as 14 points.
Right before halftime, though, Trinity's Christian Griffith got a steal in the front court and knocked down a 3-pointer from 6 feet behind the arc as the buzzer sounded.
Madonna still led 40-29 going into the locker room.
"That was a big shot and it gave us momentum," Womble said. "We came out in the third quarter and we really got things rolling. Our pressure created some turnovers and got some easy baskets."
Trinity scored the first eight points of the second half and didn't allow a Madonna field goal until a Ross Comis jumper at the five-minute mark.
Trinity tied it at 43-43 at the 4:01 mark on a pair of Griffith free throws.
"I don't think we were complacent, they just picked up the tempo a little bit and we didn't take care of the basketball," Vargo said. "They got points off turnovers early and they had a lot of confidence."
A Roger Scott field goal early in the fourth gave the Warriors their first lead at 51-50. They stretched their largest lead of the quarter, which featured four lead changes and two ties, to four points with the help of point guard Adam Robertson.
The sophomore scored 12 of his game-high 30 points in the fourth quarter.
"We don't quit on any team," Robertson said. "We just keep playing. We had to step up and play better than we had to beat a good team like that."
He also added four assists, three rebounds and knocked down 9 of 13 free throws.
Trinity shot 3 of 5 from the field in overtime and was fouled on its only two missed attempts. In turn, Madonna was just 1 of 13. Comis led the Blue Dons with 22 points, Mazur added 14 and Josh Martin scored 13, while grabbing five rebounds before fouling out early in overtime.