ONEIDA -- Annawan's Cinderella boys basketball postseason run came to an abrupt halt on Friday as the Braves were counting down the teams in the ROWVA regional.|
Wethersfield defeated Annawan, 63-41 in the Class 1Aregionalchampionship gamein what had been a hot week for the sixth-seeded, glass-slippered Braves.
After eliminating No. 3 seeded Ridgewood on Tuesday, Annawan defeated No. 2 Galva in its second matchup. Setting up a perfect 3-2-1 countdown in the regional crown, butit wasn't to be.
"We were doing what we wanted to do on the defensive end," Annawan coach Brandon Christy said. "They tried to penetrate and we got the fouls called on us. Not much that we could do at that point."
Tony Gripp led the Braves with 19 points. Mike Smith scored seven and grabbed five boards for Annawan.
Annawan, which finishes 12-20, committed 31 fouls in the game and turned the ball over 16 times. The 31 fouls led to 46 free-throw opportunities for the Geese, which they converted into 32 points.
"I told them that we're going to relax and play," Wethersfield coach Jeff Parsons said. "We knew those guys were doing some good things. We're very proud to come out on top."
The Geese (25-6) were led by junior Trevor Lay, who scored19 points to lead the team, and seniors Tyler Litton and Trey Hannam. Littonhad a 16-point effort, while Hannamnotched a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
"We play football and baseball with those guys," Litton said. "Wejust compete whenit comes to basketball. It's remarkable that we beat them four times this year in the basketball season."
The younger side of the trio that led the Geese may have been most impressive.Besides sharing the game-high in scoring, Lay had fiveassists and shot 12-of-14 from the charity stripe.
"It feels good this time around," Lay said. "We lost in last yea'rs championship game, so it felt good to get this one. They are good friends from other sports, but it feels good to beat them now."
After finishing 2-0 in the regional, Wethersfield advances tothe Brown CountySectional at Mount Sterling. The Geese will meet MendonUnity Wednesday at 7:30 looking to keep its postseason alive.
"It's one thingto be the No. 1 seed," Parsons said."We had our backs against the wall and it felt like everyone was out to get us. We wanted to prove that we were the one-seed and that we deserved it. I didn't look too far ahead because I was sofocused on Friday, but we're looking forward to the challenge."
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