Clutch, Thompson sinks two, Bears win in overtime
Locked at 45 in regulation, the Bear’s Zach Pomeroy hit two from the floor and one from behind the arc to keep the contest close, and then with time running out, Bryce Thompson hit a pair of clutch free throws to seal the win.
“Overtime was simply crazy,” LaLonde said. “Win or lose it was one of the most enjoyable games I have coached.
I am very proud of the boy’s and our crowd for their part in our win,” she added.
Things looked bad for the home team in the opening minutes of the non-conference match-up. On fire early, Gladstone jumped out to an 8-0 lead and held a 14-10 advantage when the quarter came to an end thanks in part to a six-point effort from Jared Hunter.
Potvin went on to lead Big Bay in scoring with 16 points. Demars netted 10.
Struggling to get shots to fall from the floor in the second, the Braves hit seven of nine from the free throw line to maintain their four point lead at the break.
Just as they did in the first quarter, Gladstone hit everything they threw up, jumping out to an 11-point lead early in the third, but again Big Bay battled back to keep the game close.
“Our third quarter seems to be our worst, but again we hung close to them hitting a few key baskets,” LaLonde said.
Rallying behind the support of their fans, Big Bay closed the gap pacing Gladstone 15-11 in the final eight minutes forcing the game into overtime.
It all came down to who had the ball last in overtime. Playing without the service of seniors Potvin and Loren Swayer in the final seconds, Big Bay put the game away at the line.
“When two of your senior leaders foul out with that much time left, I was not sure how the boys would handle the pressure.
Bryce (Thompson) came up huge, handled the ball well and hit the two game winning free throws and challenged Gladstone’s final half-court shot,” LaLonde continued.
LaLonde also said her team’s ability to control the boards played a key role in the win.
“Rebounding kept us in the game,” LaLonde added. “Tyler (Demars) and Kaden Pelletier did a terrific job on the boards tonight.”
Demars ended the game with 19 rebounds.
Big Bay finished the night 20 of 74 from the floor, 11of 23 from the line.
Pomeroy added 13 points, Alex Ranquette seven, Swayer four, Thompson and Pelletier three.
Hunter led the Braves with 22 points, Tyler Wells 11, Max Mahoney 10, Christian Groleau five, Andrew Olesak four, and Jalen Stenson three.
Big Bay travels to Bark River tonight (Thursday) after press time.