Apollo High School - A raucous crowd greeted both teams during warm-ups of tonight's match-up. Greenway (19-0), ranked first in class 4A, traveled to Apollo High School to face class 4A's tenth ranked squad. In one prior meeting this season, Greenway defeated Apollo 57-36 at home behind Jon Black's 23 points. Apollo's Tristan Wilson had 12 points in that game. This evening's match-up would be far different from the one played on December 9th.
The Greenway Demons lit the twine on fire in the first quarter. Their stifling defense force Apollo to turn the ball over repeatedly. Apollo had prepared for Jon Black, but not for Richie Brockel, who led the Demons with eight points in the first quarter. Brockel, a 6-3 Jr. Forward, was able to manipulate the Hawks defense and score easy buckets underneath or draw a foul. After the first quarter of domination was over, Greenway led 18-6.
Apollo settled down in the second quarter. Their shot selection was better and they became more efficient on both sides of the ball. After a scoring drought, Greenway found themselves in the drivers' seat, leading by 17 with just less than five minutes until the half. All of a sudden, Apollo resurrected and began chipping away at the Demons' lead. Using energy from their large fan base and excellent band, Apollo was able to cut the lead to ten, 33-23, with one minute left until the half. The Hawks added another basket before the break and trailed 33-25 heading into the locker room. Tristan Wilson was the catalyst for the Hawks in the second, scoring nine points.
Turnovers began to plague the Demons in the third quarter, thus allowing the Hawks to chip away at the lead, again. Jacob Fraemohs and Tristan Wilson combined to score nine of the Hawks 12 points in the third quarter. The Hawks defense held the Demons to a minuscule six points for the quarter. At the end of three quarters of play, Greenway led 39-37.
With 6:30 left in the game, the score was tied at 39. The lead would seesaw back and forth before Apollo would take control by amassing a three-point lead with 1:07 to play. Both teams were in the bonus, so free throws would prove to be critical. Apollo hit 4-of-5 free throws in the fourth and had the game all but won with just seconds remaining. The score was 51-48 in the Hawks favor with :14 seconds on the clock. Greenway brought the ball up the court and put it in the hands of "Mr. Clutch," Scott Mueller. Mueller, a 6-4 Sr. G/F, let a three-pointer go from about a foot or more behind the line…nothing but net. The game was tied, 51-51, with one second left. Apollo's desperation attempt failed and the game went to a four-minute overtime period.
Scoring was at a minimum in overtime. Tristan Wilson hit an inside basket to put the Hawks up 53-51. Greenway's Steve Hudson drew a foul and made 1-of-2 free throws, 53-52 in favor of Apollo. Then, in the waning seconds of overtime, Scott Mueller drove the lane and drew a foul. Thus, he was awarded two shots with five seconds left. Mr. Clutch drained both free throws, 54-53, in the Demons favor. Tristan Wilson's desperation three-pointed was too hard and Greenway pulled out the overtime win over tenth ranked Apollo, 54-53.
Greenway 18 15 6 12 3 54
Apollo 6 19 12 14 2 53
Greenway - FG% 17-of-43 (39.5%) - FT % 17-of-25 (68%) - 3pt. % 3-of-5 (60%)
Mueller 17, Black 12, Brockel 12, Hudson 7, Kozeliski 3, Koch 2, Teraji 1
Apollo - FG% 19-of-44 (43.1%) - FT% 12-of-18 (66%) - 3pt. % 3-of-13 (23%)
Wilson 23, Fraemohs 14, Shintaku 5, Lester 4, Williams 3, Gossard 2, Howard 2