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Northwest Boys Defeat Seneca Valley in Overtime Thriller


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By Kevin O’Rourke

Five days prior to their season opening game, Northwest High School’s new Boys Head Coach Robert Smith said he was unsure who his starters would be for the season.

“There are a few players returning, but to be honest I couldn’t tell you who was a starter, who came off the bench,” said Smith in an email on Thursday. “We are coming in with a clean slate, in my eyes every player is fighting for a position whether you played last year or never have been on the team.”

Last night in the Seneca Valley High School gym every player, on both teams, was fighting for a win as the Jaguars defeated Seneca Valley, 71-70 in an overtime thriller on a foul shot by Quincy Ofori with 2.8 seconds remaining.

The Seneca Valley squad, playing their second game after suffering a 65-44 loss to Quince Orchard on Friday night, jumped out to a 16-7 lead with just under six minutes remaining in the second half. The Jags would close the gap, but Seneca Valley would lead by four, 26-22 at half-time.

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The Screaming Eagles would continue to outshoot the Jags stretching their lead to 41-33 with 24-seconds left in the third quarter. The Jags continued to chip away, tying the game from the free-throw line, 52-52, after the Jags Tim Biakapia was fouled by Seneca’s sophomore guard Brandon Simpson.

In the final 1:40 of regulation the lead would change hands four times, as both teams would hit from outside and make free-throws down the stretch. Northwest was up by three with 1.7 seconds remaining, but Seneca’s leading scorer, junior forward William Craig was fouled attempting a shot from three-point land. Craig would nail all three shots from the charity stripe to send the game into overtime tied at 63.

Craig would finish as the Screaming Eagles leading scorer earning a double-double with 28 points and 13 rebounds. Simpson would finish with 19 points, for Seneca.