Snodgrass basket at 4.7 lifts Cougs
North Harrison senior guard Blake Snodgrass hit a fadeaway jumper with 4.7 seconds left and then nailed a free throw to cap a 27-point night and a thrilling, 59-56 Mid-Southern Conference victory on Friday night.
Tied at 56, Snodgrass was fouled by Silver Creek’s Terry Roudenbush after a twisting fadeaway.
The Dragons’ Josh Beyl had a chance to tie the war with a long heave as time expired, but the prayer fell short.
‘It was a big victory for our team against a very good Silver Creek team on the road,’ Cougars coach Rick Snodgrass said. ‘We played with a lot of heart and desire. Solid half-court defense and good offensive execution were the keys to the win.’
The Cougars (3-0, 2-0 M.S.C.) led 15-14 and 25-24 at the first two stops and the hosts were able to tie it at 43 by the end of three periods.
In the fourth quarter, Jon Couts came off the bench and hit a big three-pointer with just over a minute left in the game.
Coach Snodgrass said all nine of his players who saw action contributed to the victory, however.
‘John Shearer played solid defense, Zach Janes came up with key rebounds, Ty Rothrock and Scott Robertson gave us quality minutes off the bench, Jon Couts and Cory Beach hit key three-point shots in the second half,’ Snodgrass said. ‘Blake, Cody Mitchell, and Krieg Reed gave us the senior leadership required to win a close game on the road.’
Mitchell added 13 in the winning effort and Reed scored eight of his 10 points in the first half.
Silver Creek (4-1, 2-1) led by seven at one point in the first half.
The third quarter saw Snodgrass erupt for 11 points in the stanza, and Creek’s Josh Lanham scored 12 of his team-high 15 points immediately after the intermission. He had just one three-pointer for his only points in the first half.
During the third quarter, Snodgrass was 5-7 and Lanham was 6-9 from the floor.
Tyler Robinson and Kyle Barnett each scored nine for Silver Creek.
The Cougars were an even 50 percent from the field at 25-50, including a sizzling 14-26 (53 percent) in the second half. The visitors made it to the line just five times and hit three.
Silver Creek, which won the rebounding battle 31-23, shot 23 of 55 from the floor.
Neither club turned the ball over too often, with the Dragons marking 10 miscues and North only nine.
Things don’t get any easier for North in conference play as the squad travels to Brownstown on Friday night.
The meeting will pit the No. 12 team in Class 3A (NH) against the No. 5 team in Class 2A, according to the Associated Press poll.