Anchored by several quality performances, Our Savior New American won 94-91 over American Christian of Pennsylvania in overtime as Angel Castro delivered a 40-foot bank shot at the buzzer in overtime.
On senior night, the Rev. Ron Stelzer performed a sportsmanship like act -- he gave his seniors some significant playing time in the first quarter as a memory to hold onto for years to come. While many coaches may just grant a few seconds or a minute, Stelzer gave them about three to four minutes.
The very talented American Christian team took advantage too. They carried a 25-13 advantage heading into the second quarter. Tyreke Evans was outstanding throughout this contest. He had 11 points in the first quarter and another 10 points in the second. American Christian led 39-30 at the half.
The gap was closed to 55-54 by Our Savior heading into the fourth quarter. Big man John Riek was terrific (more on him later on this site). He rang up 23 points before he fouled out in the fourth quarter. His ability to score in the lane and provide paint muscle helped the Pioneers climb back into the game.
While Riek and his teammates were banging away around the basket, New Yorker Michael Glover was a warrior. He scored 33 points against a high division one front line in Our Savior. Glover is headed to Seton Hall and Pirate fans should be excited about him. (More on Glover later on this site).
Regulation time ended at 78-78 after Evans' right baseline jumper hit the rim and bounced off as the buzzer sounded. In overtime, each team had a couple of spurts. It was Evans' beautiful drive off the glass and foul shot that tied the game up at 91-91.
Our Savior then sped downcourt and Angel Castro hoisted about a 40-footer that kissed the window and nestled the cords. The entire Our Savior New American bench mobbed and hugged Castro, whose first basket was the biggest of the game.
Evans, one of the best players in the 2008 class, recorded 43 points in a stirring effort (more on him later on this site).