By Colin Nieberding ’17
Did he call glass? We still aren’t sure, but we would sure hope so! Matt Davet’s banked-in three pointer to tie up the latest in a storied rivalry was one to remember on Friday night.
Sullivan Gym was jam packed, with both student sections at full force chanting at one another, and fans eagerly hoping for their team to pull out a crucial win for their side.
The Eagles of St. Edward started off the game hot, creating a disadvantage for the hosts when they went on a 7-0 run right after the tip. But the Cats hung in there, never getting rattled, and keeping the game at a manageable pace. It was a game that was built to be a thriller, and oh boy, could that statement have not been more true.
With 4.6 seconds left to go in regulation, after a Tommy Schmock converted and-1, the Cats needed a three pointer to tie up the game, and who else but Matt Davet delivered. Michael Spear raced up the court, swung it over to Davet, who threw up a high arcing prayer that banked in and sent the game to overtime.
The Cats, riding the momentum from the game tying shot, dominated in overtime, playing by far their best basketball of the night, cruising to 90-80 victory over their cross town rival.
It was a game that will be remembered as one of the best in Ignatius’ storied history, as the Cats can now head into the rest of their schedule with great momentum.
The basketball Cats next matchup will be against North Canton Hoover in North Canton on Saturday night. The game will be part of the Mercy Medical Center Classic, with tipoff scheduled for 7:45.